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The Meghalaya government is going to organise a cherry blossom (Sakura) plantation ceremony at Syntu Ksiar in Jowai.

The ceremony will start from 11 am on Wednesday.

The Meghalaya government is organizing the ceremony in collaboration with Asian Confluence, India East Centre, IKOUKAI Society of Japan, Dorbar Chnong Panaliar and Jaintia Fishing and Environment Protection Association.

Toshihide Ando, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of Japan in India will attend the ceremony as the chief guest and former Ambassador of India to Japan

Deepa G. Wadhwa will be the special guest of the ceremony.

Cherry blossom trees are known as Sakura in Japanese language.

Cherry blossoms are iconic flowers of Japan and the people of the country believe that these flowers represent good luck and love.

In Meghalaya flowers of cherry blossom trees bloom with the onset of winter in October and November.

Hordes of tourists visit the state during the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival which is held to attract people from all corners of the globe to witness the beautiful pink and white flowers in all its glory.

This year, the 4th India International Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019 was held at Polo 5th Ground and the picturesque Ward’s Lake in Meghalaya from last Wednesday to Saturday.

The festival was organized by the Meghalaya forest & environment department and the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The festival celebrated the unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms with several cultural events, besides Korean events (K-events) like K-Pop concert, Korean taekwondo, Korean cuisine and arts stalls exhibiting opportunities on education in South Korea.

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