From ‘plastic banks’ to bamboo wash basin stands, identity cards made of cardboards to bamboo cups, the ‘festival of festivals’ is becoming more eco-friendly
Kohima: The 20th year celebration of the Hornbill Festival got bigger and better this year. What added to the vibrancy of this year’s edition is that the state government imposed a total ban on the use of all single-use plastic items at the festival.
Going green at the festival is not just a contribution towards environment protection but has encouraged and revived the age-old tradition and way of life of the ancestral Nagas.
In a first of its kind, plastic banks, which are specifically meant for water bottle waste, have been put up at the Heritage Village in Kisama. Water dispensers, with normal and hot water options, have also been set up at two locations within Kisama, the main site of the Hornbill Festival which is 12 km from state capital Kohima. Besides these drinking water dispensers, other drinking water facilities have also been made available across many areas within the festival venue.
At the ‘morungs’ and other eateries, food and drinks are being served in banana leaves, bamboo cups and baskets. Bamboo wash basin stands are also being used at some ‘morungs’.
Festival identity cards issued to officials, participants and members of the press have also been made of cardboards and coconut strings. At the box office show which featured the Tetseo Sisters, food items wrapped in musa Indiana leaves were also served to the audience.
Earlier in October, the state government had declared a total ban on single-use plastics in the state. Ever since, the state administration has been carrying out drives to check and regulate the use/sale of single-use plastic items.
Ahead of the total ban of single-use plastic across the state on October 1, Dimapur district administration, headed by the deputy commissioner, ruled out the total ban in the district by September.
Meanwhile, the sixth day of the festival recorded 13,754 visitors with 252 foreign tourists and 2,501 domestic tourists.