On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wearing traditional Naga headgear, beat a Naga gong thrice at the heritage village of Kisama and inaugurated the celebrated Hornbill Festival that runs till December 10.
Named after the Indian Hornbill, a large forest bird, the festival seeks to protect and revive Nagaland’s rich culture and display its traditions to outsiders. All 40 Naga tribes take part in the festival, which is organised by the state government in the additional hope of encouraging inter-tribal interaction. On display are local songs, crafts and dances. And among its many events are a beauty contest besides displays of traditional archery and Naga wrestling.
Here are a few photographs that capture the colours of the celebrations:
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