Let’s accept the fact that most of the Indians are ignorant towards NorthEast and remember it only when they are looking for a holiday at a scenic location in India. Even after facing the ignorance of their own countrymen Northeastern states are truly blessed with natural beauty, amazing people and cultural vibrancy.
This November Khasi hills of Meghalaya will be full of cherry blossom flowers because for the second time in a row Meghalaya government is organizing India International Cherry Blossom Festival in association with the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.
This is one of the greatest springtime celebration and it will be held in Shillong between from 8th to 11th of coming November.
The cherry blossom tree is truly a sight to behold, especially when it is in full riotous bloom. In Japan cherry blossoms symbolize the transience of life, which is a major theme in Buddhism.
This Indian cherry blossom festival is the brainchild of IBSD director Dinabandhu Sahoo who had noticed cherry blossoms in Shillong in 2014.
“Why would you pay lakhs of rupees to go see cherry blossoms in Japan, Europe or the US? Just fly to Guwahati and take a bus!” Dinabandhu said to Livemint.
Around 5000 cherry trees have been planted at Mawphlang, Ward’s Lake, New Shillong and the Umiam Lake-Shillong road. As per Dinabandhu Sahoo 20,000 cherry blossom trees are to be planted by the 50th anniversary of the festival in 2022. A similar initiative is also planned in Jammu and Kashmir.
During this festival, the city will be turning pink with cherry blossoms and there will be music concerts, north-east folk music, dance performances, storytelling sessions and guided night walks through the cherry blossoms. This event will be highly helpful for north-east tourism due to its huge economic importance.