Forget Japan, Experience Cherry Blossom in India

Meghalaya’s capital Shillong wears the dainty colours of cherry blossoms in the fall, transforming the East Khasi Hills into a floral wonderland.

In Buddhism, the cherry blossom signifies the fleeting nature of life. The flowers have also been linked to the attractiveness of a young woman.

During the Heian Period (794–1185), Emperor Saga, Japan’s 52nd emperor, established the custom of hanami parties in the Imperial Court in Kyoto.

In India, cherry blossom or prunus cerasoides is known as wild Himalayan cherry and sour cherry, also known in Hindi as Padam, pajja, or padmakashtha.

Shillong will be celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival from November 24th to 26th to commemorate seasonal blossoming and indulge in leisure.

It features live music and a wealth of events, such as concerts, pageants, and various kiosks dedicated to representing their area through cuisine, wine, and arts and crafts.