Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Environment and culture for Tourism

The autumn festival 2008 kick starts with the Shillong carnival on November 1 with a street parade consisting of over 15 tableaus accompanied by over 200 traditional dancers, pipe bands and traditional musicians from across Meghalaya.
Also participating in the parade are representatives of various communities from across the North East attired in their traditional costumes and school students from 30 schools in and around Shillong.
The Meghalaya Tourism Development Foundation (MTDF) has invited people from across the state to come and participate in the street parade. This was made known in a press meet held at Pinewood Hotel in Shillong this afternoon.
The street parade on Saturday will start at 12 noon from the parking yard opposite the Telecom office and proceed towards Laitumkhrah and then head towards Khyndailad before converging at the festival venue at the Polo grounds.
The carnival will witness a plethora of activities at the venue such as the Shillong strong man competition, tug of war, kite flying competitions and the attempt to make the world’s largest jalebi for an entry in the Guinness book of records.
The autumn festival is a prime example of a public and private sector collaboration for the promotion of Tourism in Meghalaya as besides Government Departments such as Tourism, Urban Affairs, Forest and Sports & Youth Affairs, there are a number of private sector companies ranging from multinationals like Airtel to local business houses such as the Rapsang Group of Industries supporting the MTDF in its effort to organize the autumn festival 2008.
Mr. Sudipto Choudhury, Chief Operating Officer, Bharti Airtel NESA, the principal sponsors of the event said,
During the subsequent days, the autumn festival will feature confluence (an art exhibition), evening boating at the Ward lake, folk music and ethnic cuisine at the Elephant falls, Umiam carnival at Orchid lake resort, Shillong’s cleanest locality award and a grand carnival of Khasi archery.

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