Nagaland is all set to host the ten-day-long Hornbill Competition showcasing the colorful custom and cultural range of 17 Naga tribes from December 1 to 10, a senior official mentioned.

All laid down Covid-19 protocols and Customary Working Procedures can be strictly adopted throughout the pageant, the official mentioned.

The state can be celebrating the occasion, named after a vibrant forest bird-Hornbill- which is part of the folklore of the tribes within the north-eastern state.

“The Nagaland authorities in collaboration with the Tourism and allied departments and in addition the folks of the state is all set to have a good time the twenty second Hornbill Competition with strict adherence to the laid down Covid-19 SOPs,” state tourism advisor and MLA, Khehovi Yepthomi, advised a press convention right here on Monday.

Members and vacationers will probably be allowed provided that they’re totally vaccinated, the official mentioned.

Given the outbreak of a brand new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, the State Well being Division will probably be issuing a revised set of tips for the festivities by Tuesday, Yepthomi mentioned.

The principle occasion will probably be held on the Naga Heritage Village of Kisama, 12 km from the state capital. Different programmes, particularly journey tourism, Naga model wrestling, cross nation race, will probably be unfold throughout a minimum of 4 different districts, Yepthomi mentioned.

The main occasions will embody the Hornbill Music Competition, Nagaland Literature Competition and the Nagaland Movie Competition, mountain biking race, and the Hornbill Bamboo Competition .

Governor of Assam and Nagaland Prof Jagdish Mukhi would be the inaugural visitor whereas Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio would be the chief host for the opening ceremony at 4 pm on Wednesday, he mentioned.

The pageant could have three company of honour, Ambassador of Israel to India, Consul Generals of the US and Germany to India, the official mentioned.

Advisor to the chief minister, Abu Metha mentioned the presence of diplomatic heads on the Hornbill Competition exemplifies the significance of the occasion.

The Hornbill Competition is Nagaland’s most well-known and valuable mental property, which propels younger Naga expertise to the worldwide stage and promotes model Nagaland, he mentioned.

Metha additionally highlighted the Hornbill Worldwide Music Competition, an added characteristic of the 10-day pageant, is the nation’s greatest music occasion.

One other added attraction throughout this pageant will probably be 40 stalls put up by the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) on the predominant venue in Kisama.

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