NIFT Shillong has a lot to offer you when it comes to local festivals or events. One of them is Cherry Blossom Festival. Cherry Blossom is a flower of several trees of genus Prunus. The most well known species is the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is commonly called sakura.
In India the cherry blossom is an attraction as well, most notably in Meghalaya. The Festival is organized by Government of Meghalaya’s Forest & Environment Department as well as by the institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development (IBSD) in collaboration with Indian Council for cultural Relations (ICCR). When it comes celebrating this festival as a student, there is a lot to do. You get the chance to experience variety of region’s food , wine and arts. When i say art and craft that doesn’t mean only material thing you will get to see several cultural events. Cherry Blossom Festival is not just important in cultural aspect but also economically. As we know these kind of festival generates huge employment opportunities.
As a first year student in NIFT, Shillong, I encounter this festival with lot of fun and filled with new experiences. Not just going there in the fair or exhibition, but also in the NIFT campus as we have Cherry Blossom tree in our college also. During this festival the weather is awesome. You can plan and go to various places. Cause the festival is all because of the flower and the cherry blossom flower is every where that time. But the sad part is it stays for very less time duration. During Cherry Blossom Festival lot of bands, artists comes and they perform in the festival. Its a joy watching them performing in the stage.