- NET Web Desk
Recently the Nagaland Government has decided to organize the Hornbill Festival, only if the COVID-19 situation normalizes and continues to remain under control.
The decision has been undertaken during a review meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19.
Held under the chairmanship of the Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the house comprehensively discussed about the Hornbill Festival celebration this year.
“The State Government intends to celebrate/organise the Hornbill Festival if the COVID-19 situation continues to remain under control with positivity rate below 5%”, stated by DIPR report.
However, the report further mentioned that activities will only be undertaken with full adherence to COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour.
Travel to Nagaland for tourism is already allowed for those who have been fully vaccinated. Pre-bookings in hotels and other facilities may be done by intending tourists, it said.
An inter-departmental meeting with the Department of Tourism and the Department of Art & Culture is scheduled on September 23, 2021, in order to kick start the preparatory activities, the report further added.
Popularly termed as ‘Festival of Festivals’ Hornbill celebration is observed every year from December 1-10.
It encourages inter-tribal interaction and promotes the rich cultural heritage and tradition of Naga folks.
The festival is observed in Naga Heritage Village in Kisama under Kohima district, Nagaland.
It is pertinent to mention here that, due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Hornbill Festival was celebrated through a complete virtual mode in 2020.