The Meghalaya Cherry Blossom Festival is nearing each day as the trees gradually blossom to their pink and white hues. The fest has been slated to initiate from November 25 and will stand celebratory until the 27th day of the month.
Where in Shillong?
The much-awaited festival will be observed in two venues in the capital city of Shillong; namely Ward’s Lake and Polo Ground, the former is a popular tourist destination and the latter is a large open event venue.
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The event usually brings about and attracts a tourist (and local) mass. Hence, keeping in retrospect the current COVID-19 pandemic, the venues will only permit attendees who have received both doses of the vaccine and will produce a certificate of the same.
What does the Cherry Blossom Festival have in store?
The festivity brings with it, a wide range of attractions in the form of activities, performances, and art. It offers a plethora of opportunities for young art enthusiasts by presenting a competitive pedestal, encouraging singers, designers, artists, budding models, cosplayers (one who does character costume play), and many more to shine with their talents.
Other contests include local wine and beer-making competitions, Japanese/Korean cuisine food competitions, graffiti competitions, and many more. It also offers modeling titles of Miss, Mrs., and Mr. Cherry Blossom.
Besides this, the Festival also gives a platform and space for budding chefs, bakers, and cooks to have their very own stalls at the established venues.
Hectic Preparations for the event
The two venues have initiated hectic preparations for the event that is upcoming in less than three days. They are setting up stages and putting up lights that will heighten the glamour and show of the eye-pleasing Cherry Blossoms.
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