Festival dates – 18,19 &20 January, 2019
Named after hornbills (‘Paga’ in the Nyishi language) the Pakke Paga Festival was proposed in 2014. The first edition of the festival was held in Seijosa, Arunachal Pradesh, in January 2015 and then later in 2017 and 2018. This unique festival has helped in creating awareness about the state, its people, cultural and wildlife heritage, and can potentially help boost tourism in the area providing greater incentives for the local community to participate in conservation.
The Festival is hosted in Darlong village in Seijosa, East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The ground is in a beautiful location on the banks of the Pakke River, with a view of the Tiger Reserve in the backdrop and Wreathed Hornbills flying overhead in the evenings on their way to roost sites in villages.
This year the Pakke Paga Festival has been declared as a state festival of Arunachal Pradesh by the Chief Minister, and it continues to grow with its objective to:
- Popularize the role played by the local Nyishi in conserving hornbills in Pakke and surrounding areas amongst other villages and communities across the state.
- Focus on the importance of conservation of hornbills and wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh and the need to reduce hunting of these magnificent birds.
- Create interest and awareness among urban Indians and external visitors about the cultural and wildlife heritage of Arunachal Pradesh, especially of Pakke Tiger Reserve.
This festival has been successful with support from various partners over the years. The main partners for Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival 2019 are –