Cherry Blossom Festival

What you missed at Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

Author: Baishali Thapa
Date: 2021-12-10

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Another year, another time to commemorate the blooming of cherry blossom trees in and around Shillong city. The streets are filled with the hues of pinks and purples as people welcome the Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 with festive zeal.

A symbol of good luck, love, and springtime, these cherry blossom trees often last no more than two weeks and are also a symbol of renewal and the ephemeral nature of life.

About the festival
To appreciate the immense beauty of these trees, the state of Meghalaya has been celebrating the Cherry Blossom festival since 2016. Last year, the festival was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Nonetheless, this year the festival came back with a bang.

The festival started off with an inauguration by Meghalaya’s Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma, along with Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to India. 

The 3-day festival was held at two venues: Ward’s Lake & Polo. It was exclusively filled with fun and thrilling events, displays of art, musical performances, and much more. 
 
The first edition of the Shillong Literary Festival was also a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival 2021. The CM inaugurated the Literary Festival at Ward’s Lake with the hope to give opportunities to writers, readers, and authors from the state to connect with literati from other parts of the country.

Entrance to Shillong Literary Festival 2021

Shillong Literary Festival 2021

Artistic displays at Shillong Literary Festival 2021

Artistic displays at Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

Literary Events
The literary event was a beautiful way of celebrating an art form, giving people a chance to discover and meet authors. On all three days, a number of activities were held focusing on cherry blossoms in painting, illustrations, and visual stories.

From exploring various stalls to having a fun spree at the book donation stall, it sure was a great experience for art and literary lovers.