Kohima: The Naga Heritage Village, which comes to life between December 1-10 each year for the mega Hornbill Festival, is silent this year with the celebrations moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Situated about 13 km away from Kohima town in in Kisama, the Village has witnessed a huge footfall of tourists each year to witness the rich and diverse culture of the Nagas, vibrantly displayed in the form of folk music and dance, food, crafts and art, and so much more.
After 20 years of celebrating the Festival, the government of Nagaland decided to hold this year’s celebrations virtually through the various audio-visual media channels and social media platforms.
The Nagaland Virtual Hornbill Festival, which began on Tuesday, aired on Doordarshan Kendra, NDTV 24×7, and Northeast Live. It remained off-air on Wednesday, to be back on Thursday, until December 5.
Last year, the fest in Kisama recorded a total footfall of 2,68,811, including 55,584 domestic tourists and 3,015 foreign tourists.
The Naga Morungs (traditional men’s dormitories), which symbolize the uniqueness of each Naga tribe, is a major attraction for tourists at the Village.
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