Delhiites! Get A Slice Of Naga Life With Autumn Festival, Ahead Of Hornbill Festival In Delhi

by Tejashee Kashyap
Delhiites! Get A Slice Of Naga Life With Autumn Festival, Ahead Of Hornbill Festival In Delhi

Nagaland stands as a jewel in the country’s crown. One cannot help but be captivated by the natural beauty of Nagaland. The lush greenery, rugged hills, and serene valleys are enhanced by the vivid hues of flowers in full bloom, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. And the season of autumn welcomes the beautiful Hornbill Festival of the region. While Hornbill happens in Nagaland, the state also celebrates an Autumn Festival, a prelude to the much-celebrated Hornbill Festival, now in its second edition in Delhi.

Cultural Tapestry At The Autumn Festival

Nagaland is home to an astonishing numerous tribes, each with its own unique customs, traditions, and languages. The state is a living museum of tribal diversity.

Nagaland Tourism, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, will hold the much-anticipated 2nd Autumn Festival.  It’s a curated showcase of textiles, handicrafts, entertainment, culinary experiences, and more, hosted by Nagaland Tourism as a prelude to the much-loved Hornbill Festival. Building on the popularity of its initial iteration last year, this event gives Delhiites a taste of Nagaland’s lively Hornbill festival, especially for those who are unable to travel to Nagaland.

“Following the resounding success of our first edition last year, we return this year with an even grander showcase of culture, music, art, and textiles,” said Shri Temjen Imna Along, Honourable Minister of Tourism and Higher Education, Government of Nagaland in a press release. The Autumn Festival remains an immersive experience for those who cannot visit Nagaland and to improve the appreciation of those who can.

A varied range of Nagaland’s entrepreneurs and artists will offer the best in food, textiles, handicrafts, art, and music over the course of two days. Renowned businesses such as Runway India, Made in Nagaland, Woven Threads, Fusion Nagaland, Ikali’s Studio, and Kintem are among those taking part. Chef Aketoli Zhimomi, who was recently named to Culinary Culture’s list of India’s Top 30 Chefs, will be there to add culinary flair to the event.

The festival promises a magnificent fashion exhibition showcasing Naga textiles in both traditional and contemporary forms, as well as fascinating musical performances by the state’s renowned musicians. An art exhibition will also feature the works of some of Nagaland’s most accomplished painters.

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Why You Must Visit The Hornbill Festival

The Hornbill Festival in the Kisama Heritage Village is a window into this cultural wonderland. Held in December, it celebrates the traditions, dances, and rituals of the various Naga tribes. It is a must-visit event for anyone eager to witness the cultural diversity of Nagaland.

Moreover, The festival provides a fantastic opportunity to sample the diverse and delicious Naga cuisine. Various tribal communities set up food stalls offering traditional dishes, such as smoked pork, bamboo shoot curry, and different types of chutneys. It’s a food lover’s paradise.

Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, serves as an excellent base for exploring the state. The city itself is a cultural hub, boasting vibrant markets, historical war cemeteries, and panoramic viewpoints. The surrounding regions offer an array of attractions, making it an ideal starting point for your Nagaland adventure.

Plan your visit during the vibrant Hornbill Festival, and you’ll discover the true essence of Nagaland, a land of unparalleled beauty.

What: Autumn Festival
Where: Lawn Of Nagaland House, New Delhi
When: Saturday, 04th November; 4pm onwards

Cover image credits: Press release/Nagaland Tourism

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