08 FEBRUARY 2020 Last Updated at 6:36 PM | SOURCE: IANS
Agartala, Feb 8 (IANS) The two-day first Hornbill Festival of Tripura began on Saturday with the aim to conserve the striking forest bird "Hornbill" and to boost the livelihood of the people through tourism.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the state''s first-ever Hornbill Festival at the famous Barmura hill (in western Tripura), one of the biggest hill ranges of Tripura which was last month renamed as "Hathai Kotor", or "big hill" in the tribal language "Kokborok".
The "Hornbill" festival, named after the Indian Hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the tribals in northeast India, usually takes place in the first week of December every year since 2000 at Naga heritage village Kisama, about 12 km from Nagaland capital Kohima.
Deb said that with the conservation of the "Hornbill" bird, eco-tourism would flourish enhancing the livelihood of the local tribals, inhabitants of the Barmura hill.