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Posted on Dec 08, 11:56AM | UNI
The curtain came down of the week-long Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2012 this evening with spectacular show of musical entertainments, dances, 'Unity Dance' of all the 17 tribes of the state and the Bonfire, to mark the end of the festival.
Speaking as the chief host of the closing ceremony of the Nagaland Hornbill festival, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio asserted the festival as wonderful and a grand success with over a lakh tourists from the region, the mainland and abroad.
He appealed to all the tourists to be the 'ambassador' of the Hornbill festival and spread about the events and cultural combination of the culture and traditions at homes and outside, what they have seen in Nagaland, adding, " Seeing is believing".
He also invited all the tourists of the festivals of different Naga tribes in different parts of the state throughout the years and the 'Festival of the Festivals' the Nagaland Hornbill Festival next year, along with their friends and relatives.
Mr Rio said the theme of the festival is aptly titled 'Unity' as the festival has spread a good message to all to be united through their events, that they have exhibited during the Festivals and in the Hornbill festival.
He hoped that the festivals and the Hornbill festival will bond the Nagas with a tie of unity. The closing ceremony was with lots of other entertainment items at the grand finale included presentation of special number by Choir group, musical numbers by various bands and dance presentations.
The Heritage in House band also presented a number of songs prior to the start of the formal programme. The ultimate programme was the Bonfire of the Hornbill Festival 2012 with the lighting of the Bonfire by the Miss Nagaland 2012 Imlibenla Jamir.