India International Cherry Blossom Festival

The India International Cherry Blossom Festival is a festival to celebrate blooming of cherry blossom flowers. It is organised by the Government of Meghalaya in association with the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD). Every year, the festival is organised to celebrate the unique flowering of the Himalayan cherry blossoms in autumn, along with several cultural events.

Key Points

  • Last year, in the month of November, when the cherry flowers bloom, the 4th edition of the annual festival was celebrated in the capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong.
  • Last year, Republic of Korea was the partner country of the festival.
  • Cherry blossoms, also known as the Prunus cerasoides, bloom along the Himalayas and cover the east and west Khasi hills.
  • Cherry blossoms are very popular in Japan and also considered the national flower of the country.
  • The most widely known species of Cherry blossoms is Japanese cherry also known as sakura.

Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD)

IBSD is an institute set up with objectives of developing biotechnological interventions for sustainable development, studying unique biodiversity, setting up the state of art biotechnology research facilities at Imphal, etc. The institute was registered in April 2001, under the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989 but started operations in January 2003.

Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 Cancelled

On account of Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival, which would have been begun in November, has been cancelled.

 

Written by IAS POINT

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