The Coronavirus pandemic has cancelled almost everything that we had planned for this year! Another iconic festival that may most likely be cancelled is the Hornbill festival in Nagaland. Here is what we know. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Our last rays of hope of attending an outdoor festival may have to wait until next year, as the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland will most likely be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, for the first time in the last 20 years.

The iconic festival in Nagaland was first held in the year 2000. The carnival takes place annually from December 1 for 10 days. “If the situation does not improve soon, the state will not be in a position to host the festival,” said tourism advisor H Khehovi Yepthomi (according to a report on Northeast Now).

 

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If the festival were to be cancelled, it would cause a lot of distress and setbacks to the economy of the state, as it is largely dependent on the tourism industry; and, the Hornbill festival plays an important role in bringing businesses in each year.

But it is not all that gloomy for the state yet, as according to authorities small scale events like Flowers of Nagaland, Made in Nagaland and Crafted in Nagaland will be allowed to be held during the Hornbill Season in the districts’ headquarters.

 

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Authorities have said that they will once again review the situation in the month of October, and in the meanwhile, the state is prepping for a solid reopening plan with necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place.

Nagaland has confirmed 1,021 COVID-19 positive cases out of which 484 have recovered (as on July 22, 2020).

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