Amid pandemic, Nagaland Govt prepares for Hornbill 2020; Is it a virtual festival this time?

Amid pandemic, Nagaland Govt prepares for Hornbill 2020; Is it a virtual festival this time?

Kohima, October 22 (NEx): Amid the COVID-19 pandemic shadow, the government of Nagaland initiates preparation for forthcoming Hornbill Festival 2020, while the call for “No to Hornbill” is becoming louder in various social media platforms.

The ten day long Hornbill Festival also known as the ‘Festival of festivals’, organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture departments is celebrated every year from 1st of December at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama under Kohima district in Nagaland.

A circular issued by the Government of Nagaland, Tourism Department on Wednesday, in view of the forthcoming Hornbill Festival 2020, came as a surprise and shock for many. Bloggers and netizens came out against the Hornbill Festival amid the prevailing pandemic situation in the State. It is important to note that the voice for “Say No to Hornbill 2020” is growing.

The Tourism Department through a circular, has requested allied departments to initiate preparation for the forthcoming Hornbill Festival 2020, of their respective allotted areas at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama by observing all COVID-19 SOPs and State guides issued by the Home and Medical department, but the government is yet to released any official statement on the conduct of Hornbill Festival 2020.

Recently, “Destination North East-2020” a four-day virtual event, organized by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) was held successfully. In the wake of this and the prevailing pandemic situation, it is important to see the actual plans of the government for Hornbill 2020.

Perhaps, first time in the history of Hornbill, is it going to be a virtual festival program this year or will the government go ahead and organize the Hornbill Festival 2020 as usual, with strict SOPs & guidelines? For now, we will have to ‘Wait and See’.