FROM A REPORTER
SHILLONG, Nov 9: India’s First Cherry Blossom Festival has begun this Children’s Day, on 14th November 2016 and will continue till 17th November 2016 at Shillong.
This is also the World’s First Autumn Cherry Blossom Festival and will provide outstanding opportunities not only to show the unique beauty of pink and white cherry blossoms but also showcase Meghalaya’s traditiol arts, culture and cuisine.
This is being organised by the Government of Meghalaya, in association with, Institute of Bio-resources and Sustaible Development (IBSD), a tiol Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
This festival will not only bring socio-economic development of the region but will also promote Peace, Prosperity and Sustaible Development, which is one of the United tions (UN) Sustaible Development Goals, said Prof Dibandhu Sahoo, Director of IBSD.
He further said that the festival would set the stage for the Year 2017, which has been declared as the Intertiol Year of Sustaible Tourism for Development, by the UN.
In general, Cherry Blossom Festivals, also popularly known as Sakura Festivals in Japan are held in the month of April, every year. A few other countries like USA, Korea, Chi and Australia, also organise such festivals, which creates positive impacts on the local economy, and it is estimated that the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival alone generates about US$126 Million Dollars every year by drawing in huge numbers of tourists.
The opening ceremony of India’s First Cherry Blossom Festival will be iugurated by Dr Mukul M Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya on November 14, 2016 at Polo 2nd Ground, Shillong.