The current Hornbill Festival Instagram feed is the much-needed kaleidoscope into the happenings at Nagaland’s biggest cultural celebration. Scroll down for a looksie at how the 10 day event lauded different kinds architecture, garments, dances, rituals and cuisine from the region.
1. Good morning Kohima!
2. Every Naga tribesman dons distinct jewellery, clothing and headdresses to differentiate from each other. Inter-tribal pride is a big part of the massive Naga culture. Nagaland consists of 16 major tribes – Ao, Angami, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sumi, Chakhesang, Khiamniungan, Dimasa Kachari, Phom,Rengma, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Thadou, Kuki, Zeme-Liangmai (Zeliang) and Pochury as well as a number of sub-tribes.Each tribe is unique in character with its own distinct customs, language and dress. Two threads common to all, are language and religion – English is in predominant use and mostly everyone is Christian.
3. The Tribal Naga architecture is another highlight of their culture.
4. The display of tribal drum parades and circles is the epicentre of the festival. It’s also a great way to unite and educate the hill tribes on each other’s mini-cultures. The men and women take equal part in showing off their colourful and rhythmic dances.
5. “Tug-o-war at the #HornbillFestival. The Naga tribes are pitted against each other to the pick the mightiest of them all. Out in all their splendour and sinews, the Naga men stole the afternoon and our hearts!” – Seetha Gopalakrishnan
6. Indigenous clothing often comes is various fashions and colours, refreshingly without any gold or silver. The key of Naga clothing is to look as vibrant as ever, like a peacock on full display.
7. What most ‘city’ flea markets aspire to be.
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8. Rice beer is enjoyed best with pork cooked with the famous Naga Chilli.
9. Spiders, snails or the world’s hottest chillis – Bhut Jholakia. At Hornbill, this supreme choice is yours.
10. Until next time, folks.