Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival 2019

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Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival, celebrated at Seijosa,Arunachal pradesh.

The 4th edition of the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival celebrated at Seijosa in Pakke-Kessang district.The festival took place between 18th January to 20 January, 2019.

Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival 2019
Nyishi cultural dance at Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival 2019

Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival named after hornbills (‘Paga’ in the Nyishi language) the Pakke Paga Festival was proposed in 2014.
The festival is the lone conservation festival in the Arunachal pradesh which aims to conserve the wildlife, especially Hornbill, in Pakke Tiger Reserved Forest.

Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief minister, Chowna Mein inaugurated the Pakke Paga hornbill frestivel 2019.Various participating NGOs working in and around the Pakke Tiger Reserve shared details of their work through displays in stalls,presentations,Documenteries,Megazines and Short films. Along with stalls that
displayed various traditional handicrafts and culture, various other activities including tree planting and other activities.

The Three-day event witnessed various tourism-related activities –

Day 1-Paga alo(Great hornbill day)
18th January

Registration for various tourist activities as well as workshop began early morning followed opening of various stalls at the festival.On the 1st day the various programs took place on the Frestivel –

  • Tourism
    ●Jungle safari
    ●Elephant safari
    ●Trekking
    ●Bird watching
    ●Butterfly walk
    ●Wildlife photography competition
    ● Historical site seeing(Naksha parbhat),Dissing passo circle
    ●Village walk
  • Sports
    ●Siga Ganam(Arrow shooting)
    ●Lepa(Gun shooting)
    ●Seigia Duknam(pole climbing)
    ●Metewk Hiknam(Jump & pin)
    ●Beach vollyball
  • Workshop – (By balipara foundation)
    ●Organic Dye
    ●Coconut craft
    ●Bamboo craft
    ●Organic Farming
  • Exhibition – (By various NGOs,HODs,S HGs)
    ●Coconut craft
    ●Nursery plant
    ●Bamboo craft
    ●Traditional handloom
    ●Elephant country products
  • Indigenous cultural program/Wildliferelated documentery followed Nyishi Dance/Drama performance based on Nyasi folklore.
Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival 2019
Hornbills comes from across the pakke river to roots in villages of Seijosa
Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival 2019
Mother hornbill and her chick finnaly leave the nest

Day 2- Poo Alo (Wreathed Hornbill Day)
19th January


On the second day,Registration for various tourist activities as well as workshop began on 6 am.There was a marathon race”Run for nature” was organised where more than 100 people participated.There was a Pakke Paga beauty pageant also took place to involve youths in conservation efforts.The day concluded with presentations and discussions participating NGOs.

Day 3 – Gare Alo (Oriental Pied Hornbill day)
20th January

On the last day of the festival, various local sports,Creative activities for children, Miss paga grand finale, Cultural program was held throughout the day.The Pakke paga hornbill Frestivel Concluded with beautiful Closing ceremony.

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