After already facing the possibility of being cancelled for the first time in two decades, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nagaland’s iconic Hornbill Festival 2020 will now take the virtual route. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Nagaland’s popular Hornbill Festival is usually held during the first week of December and this year it is going virtual keeping in mind the pandemic scare, especially, after Nagaland state government had earlier received criticism for asking necessary departments to prepare for the festival.

 

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The state’s opposition party, Naga People’s Front (NPF), had criticised the government regarding its decision to celebrate the annual international event in spite of the pandemic. Although most of the celebrations this year will be held virtually, the NPF had insisted that the decision to continue with the celebrations this year would be very risky.

The party also reportedly mentioned that with Coronavirus cases increasing by the day, a festival requiring participation from the people, even if held virtually, would mean that there would be a risk of community transmission. The party further suggested that if there is no public participation, there is no need to even hold a celebration this year.

 

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The Hornbill Festival 2020 will mark its 20th year of celebration since its inception in 2000. The festival attracts hordes of tourists who arrive from different parts of the world to participate in the festivities while experiencing the tradition and culture of Nagaland.

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