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Hornbill Festival

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • Nagaland marks the 24th Hornbill Festival with an exhibition spotlighting the Mithun (State animal) and Tenyi Vo (native pig breed) from rural Nagaland.


The Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission introduces ‘Bee Tourism,’ a pioneering initiative unveiling the state’s distinctive beekeeping practices, enriching traditions, and fostering a deeper understanding of Nagaland’s cultural heritage.


More about the news

  • Conceptualized in 2000 to highlight cultural heritage and diversity.
  • Named after the hornbill bird, significant in state folklore.
  • Known as the ‘Festival of Festivals,’ fostering inter-tribal interaction.
  • Land of Festivals with diverse tribal celebrations.
  • Most festivals linked to agriculture, reflecting the main occupation.
  • Over 71% of the population directly dependent on agriculture.



·       Until 1957, part of Assam as ‘The Naga Hills.’

·       Naga People’s Convention formed in 1957.

·       Nagaland Statehood Act passed in 1962.

·       Formal inauguration on December 1, 1963, celebrated annually as Statehood Day.

·       Kohima is the capital, bordered by Assam, Myanmar, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur.

·       16 administrative districts, home to 17 major tribes and sub-tribes.

·       Official language: English.

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