With the sharp decline of Covid-19 cases, the Nagaland government has decided to hold the annual Hornbill Festival this year from December 1 after a gap of one year.
Advisor for Tourism and Art & Culture, Khehovi Yeputhomi said this during a coordination meeting of line departments with tribal hohos (organisations) on Friday.
Since its inception, the Hornbill Festival was not celebrated last year due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the decrease of the positivity rate, the State has decided to host the festival this year, said Yeputhomi.
Though Hornbill Festival is celebrated from December 1 to 10 every year, this year, the government is yet to finalise the number of days for the festival.
Hornbill Festival is an annual tourism promotional event held by the Nagaland government to showcase the rich Naga tradition and culture at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, about 12 km from the State capital, Kohima.
In the 2019 edition, a total of 3 lakh visitors, including tourists from abroad and other parts of the country witnessed the festival giving an estimated income of Rs 75 crore to the entrepreneurs.
Notably, ahead of the Hornbill Festival, the State would also be hosting International Tourism Mart (ITM) for the first time at the same venue from November 28 to 30.