Naga people have a rich tradition of maintaining their unique heritage and customs. The eagerly awaited Hornbill Festival, is one of the most cherished festivals of Nagaland, India’s Far North Eastern state and celebrated by locals with much enthusiasm and zeal. The festival is named after Hornbill, one of the most venerated bird species in the state whose importance is reflected in a number of tribal cultural expressions, songs and dances. Hornbill Festival is celebrated annually during the first week of December, i.e. from December 1-7. However, during the year 2013 it was extended for few more days. It now normally concludes on December 10.