Cherry Blossom festival

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Context:

  • India International Cherry Blossom festival is scheduled to be held from November 14 to 17 in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Significance:

  • This festival is the world’s only autumn cherry blossom festival.
  • The festival is organised by Government of Meghalaya’s Forest & Environment Department as well as by the Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development (IBSD) in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The Aim Of The Festival:

  • To celebrate the unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms. The Cherry Blossom tree flowers only for a short period in a year.
  • The festival will showcase full pink and white cherry blossoms found all along the roadside of the famous Ward Lake.
  • Alongside, the festival will also showcase the region’s food, wine and crafts in addition with several cultural events.

Source:TH