A honyed golden November sunshine welcomed thousands of people from home and abroad in Shillong on Wednesday morning as the second edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival got off to a colourful start in the capital city of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya forest and environment minister Clement Marak opened the four day long festival at the Polo Ground in the morning much to the delights of those who thronged in thousands to catch a glimpse of the festival opening ceremony.
Many foreign tourists' also shared the joy of the event as they participated in the planting of cherry sapling in and around the historic Ward’s Lake.
Food stalls, exhibitions have started pulling huge crowd in the event jointly organized by state forest and environment department, Institute of Bio resources and Sustainable Development, National Institute of BioTechnology and Indian Council of Cultural Relations.
Cultural functions are lined up for the evening at the Polo Ground where the local talents are expected to show up along with the veterans and renowned ones.
Cherry, usually starts blooming in the Scotland of the East in Mid September. But barring a few places, the flowers are not in sight beside the beautiful Ward Lake.