Source: News Bharati English11 Dec 2016 13:43:48

Kohima, Dec 11: In an impressive ceremony, the 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland came to end on Saturday. The glittering valedictory function was held at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama in presence of hundreds of guests and visitors that included foreign, domestic tourists and local people.

The cultural troupes representing as many as 16 Naga tribes performed the Unity Dance around the bonfire. The inaugural function was held on December 1. The closing ceremony was impressive as the Tetseo Sisters, Abioenesis and the Bangalore Conservatory pulled off performances that were befitting.

The presence of Miss Nagaland 2016 Vilokali Zhimomi also added colour to the closing ceremony as she along with the parliamentary secretary tourism, C. Apok Jamir, lit the bonfire.

The Hornbill Festival, held in the first week of December every year, is a marvellous riot of colour that shows off the rich fare of diverse cultures and traditional arts of Nagaland. Here one can witness the attires, folk music and dance forms, headgears, cuisines, paintings, handicrafts, and other intricacies of the varied tribes and sub-tribes of the state.

In his closing speech, Chief Minister T R Zeliang thanked all the participants, various government departments, cultural troupes, tourists and all the people involved for their contribution to the success of the Hornbill Festival. He also acknowledged the department of tourism, the nodal department for coordinating all the programmes.

Further, Zeliang acknowledged Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for gracing the inaugural ceremony as the guest of honour and the Assam cultural troupes for their cultural presentations. He also thanked Nagaland Governor P B Acharya for patronising the Hornbill Festival by gracing the opening and closing function as chief guest.

According to the department of tourism, on the last day of the festival, 265 foreign tourists were registered, 2019 domestic tourists and 10,000 local visitors. During the festival around 1646 foreign, 14962 domestic tourists and 95996 local visitors participated in the Hornbill Festival.