Curtain down on Hornbill Festival

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Kisama, Dec 9 (UNI) The grand seven-day long Hornbill festival at the Heritage Village concluded here with a bonfire at the dancing arena amidst gun shots and traditional songs by various cultural troupes.

Nagaland Works and Housing Minister Kaito Ayeh and Meghalaya Higher Education and Information Technology Minister R G Lyngdoh, who were the Chief Guest, lit the bonfire to mark the closure of the week-long mega tourist festival of the Northeast, showcases the traditional customs and culture of the Naga tribes.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Mr Kaito stated the Hornbill Festival had brought people from diverse cultural backgrounds under one roof, which had become a cultural platform for the NE.

He hoped the festival will usher in unity, friendship, development and lasting peace in the region.

Expecting that the tourists will act as ambassadors for Nagaland, Mr Kaito hoped the ambassadors will help to bring in more foreign and domestic tourists to visit the state and the festival in the years to come.

He also distributed prizes to the cultural troupes at the function.

UNI

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