‘Autumn Festival’ heralds Nagaland’s Festival of Festivals’

Director General, Union Ministry of Tourism, Manisha Saxena graces the inaugural day of the 2nd edition of the two-day Autumn Festival at Nagaland House, New Delhi on November 3.

Director General, Union Ministry of Tourism, Manisha Saxena graces the inaugural day of the 2nd edition of the two-day Autumn Festival at Nagaland House, New Delhi on November 3.

Glimpses from the 2nd edition of the two-day Autumn Festival held at Nagaland House, New Delhi from  November 2-3. 

The 2nd edition of the two-day Autumn Festival, serving as a prelude to the Hornbill Festival concluded with great fervour at Nagaland House, New Delhi on November 4.

The festival was organised by Nagaland Tourism in collaboration with the Chief Resident Commissioner of Nagaland House, with support from the Union Ministry of Tourism and Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio.

Over the course of two days, Nagaland's rich cultural tapestry unfolded, showcasing the finest in food, textiles, handicrafts, art, and music, the Nagaland Tourism informed in a statement.

Gracing the inaugural event as the chief guest on November 3, Director General, Union Ministry of Tourism, Manisha Saxena highlighted that  North-East states, accounting for 8% of India's total area, 4% of its population, and nearly 4% of its GDP, offer a 100% enjoyable, sustainable, and beautiful experience. 

Saxena also noted the Hornbill Festival as a niche brand in itself and expressed hope that the Autumn Festival would provide people in Delhi with a taste of Nagaland's culinary delights, handloom, and handicrafts. She encouraged them to be part of the Hornbill Festival 2023 in Kisama, Nagaland.

Saxena also informed that the Government of India  is organising the International Travel Mart in Shillong, Meghalaya, from November 21-23.

The chief guest inaugurated the exhibition stalls set up on the lawn, offering handmade crafts, textiles, and cuisines indigenous to Nagaland.

According to the Tourism department release, the event played host to a diverse array of Nagaland's most esteemed artists and enterprises, including popular local entities such as Runway India, Made in Nagaland, Woven Threads, Fusion Nagaland, Ikali's Studio, and Kintem, among others.

The guests enjoyed various cultural extravaganzas, including traditional dances, folk songs, wrestling matches, musical performances, and a fashion show by the talented local designer Vilhousa Movi, it said. 

The presence of Chef Aketoli Zhimomi, recently recognized as one of India's Top 30 chefs, enhanced the gastronomic experience and added a culinary masterpiece to the occasion, it added. 

Nagaland Minister of Tourism and Higher Education, Temjen Imna Along  noted that the vibrant prelude to the Hornbill Festival is "a testament to our shared heritage and the spirit of unity that defines Nagaland." 

"As we revel in these festivities, let it serve as a joyful prelude to the grand celebration awaiting us at the Hornbill Festival," he added. 
The Minister also unveiled the theme of the autumn festival.

Antodya Skills Foundation, Navya Care Foundation, and International Centre for Advanced Studies and Research (ICASR) were other sponsors of the event.

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