PM Modi, wearing a traditional Naga headgear, declared the festival open by beating the traditional Naga gong three times at the picturesque heritage village of Kisama, around 12 kilometres south of the state capital.
Coined as the "festival of festivals", Hornbill (name of a revered bird by the Nagas), is an opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine and culture in their entirety. Notably, it is also supported by the Centre as one of the biggest indigenous festivals of the country.
Chief Angh ('king') of Mon village, Wangyeih Konyak invoked the traditional blessing followed by a colourful presentation by various artists.
A sizable number of tourists from abroad and other parts of the country are present here to witness the festival often termed as the "window to Nagaland".
Besides the festivities at Kisama, visitors can also enjoy the Hornbill International Rock Contest at Indira Gandhi Stadium and watch the live performance of the legendary band from England, Smokie, on December 3.