Ever swooned over those gorgeous pictures of cherry blossoms from Japan. Well, you can see them for real soon. Shillong is set to host the India International Cherry Blossom Festival soon. Yes you read it right. You don’t need to visit Japan anymore to relish its beauty. The Himalayan cherry blossoms which grow wild in the Khasi Hills, are no less compared to their Japanese counterpart. The second installment of this mesmerizing festival, organised by the Meghalaya government, the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, is set be held from 8-11 November 2017.
Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma and Dinabandhu Sahoo, director of Institute of Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), on Monday, briefed the media in New Delhi, about the festival. Sangma urged both domestic and international tourists to witness this extravaganza.
The festival features several community events, including a guided night walks under illuminated cherry blossoms, a beauty pageant, stalls showcasing the cuisine, wine, arts and craft of the region, photography competitions, bicycle rallies, storytelling sessions of local and world folktales, a women’s exhibition football match, a local golf tournament, live musical events like a rock concert, traditional folk music, unplugged western music and dance performances from all over North East India and choir performances.
The capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as ‘The Abode of Clouds’, is also often called as ‘India's Rock Capital’ due to its inhabitants' great passion for music.
“The government has planted thousands of cherry blossom trees which are lined up inside beautiful bamboo tree guards for protection,” Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma told The Shillong Times in an interview.
The International Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Macon, Georgia every spring. Macon is known as the ‘Cherry Blossom Capital of the World,’ as around 300,000–350,000 Yoshino Cherry trees bloom here in late March every year. Macon celebrated its first International Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring of 1982. The festival lasts for ten days and features events for people of all ages and often feature animal shows, concerts, theatrical performances, international showcase events, house tours, fashion shows, galas, luncheons, marathons, dances, fair rides, and bus tours along scenic Cherry Blossom trails.So what are you waiting for? Block your calendars and begin packing your bags for a trip to pink paradise.