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Shillong: Cherry Blossom Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

India International Cherry Blossom Festival, the calendar event of Meghalaya which attracts record number of tourists annually in Shillong, has been cancelled this year in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The capital, Shillong hosts the only Cherry Blossoms festival in India.

These beautiful flowers can be spotted across Meghalaya during this time of the year. It is expected that the flowers will continue to bloom till the end of November. But people of Meghalaya celebrate festivals through virtual mode.

COVID-19 might have restricted humans to their homes but it has no control over nature. The beautiful hill station Shillong in Meghalaya has turned pink with blooming cherry blossoms. Every year, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong hosts a plethora of events like fitness art, fashion show, rock concerts and much more.

This time, the pomp and fervour of the festival will be missed. Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, the Cherry Blossom Festival held annually in Shillong has been cancelled this year. But, the wispy pink-and-white blooms that adorn the town’s trees around this time of the year have kept their promise, bringing cheer to the people.

Local tourist is happy to see blooming cherry flowers and they are sharing the latest pictures and videos about cherry blossom on a social media platform for friends and relatives. Everyone hopes if everything will be normal that they will celebrate the cherry blossom festival next year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meghalaya government is currently allowing travelers, with a COVID-19 Negative report from a recognised laboratory. Only symptomatic patients will be required to undergo mandatory paid quarantine.

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