DU starts an affair with cherry blossoms

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2016 18:50 IST
Several students and teachers from Delhi University colleges participated in India’s first Sakura Plantation ceremony at alkotra Garden, Delhi on Thursday.

The flower of peace and tranquillity has come to Delhi. The Capital has become the first Indian city and the 38th city worldwide to organise the popular cherry blossom plantation ceremony which will ultimately be celebrated as the Cherry Blossom Festival in subsequent years.

Speaking at the ceremony at Talkotra Garden, Delhi, on Thursday, professor Dinabandhu Sahoo from the department of botany, Delhi University, who has been spearheading the movement in India, said, “I am sure this will not only strengthen the ties of friendship between India and Japan but also usher in international peace and prosperity.”

Japan has been planting the cherry blossom trees (known as Sakura in Japanese), considered to be a symbol of peace and tranquillity across several countries in a bid to spread the message of peace and in strengthening of bilateral friendships. Japan presented 3,020 Sakura trees to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nation’s growing friendship. This gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965. Today, there are a number of cherry blossom trees grown in different US cities, including the famous Sakura Park in Manhattan, New York and West Potomac Park in Washington DC, which are popular tourist attractions. Japan has also been promoting the cherry blossom plantation in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and several other countries, a release from Delhi University said.

The Japanese delegation comprising 25 people led by Kazuo Kawashima, president, Giffu Cherry Blossom Association of Japan and several students and teachers from Delhi University, officials from the government, embassy, and heads of Japanese multinational companies attended the event.

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