Mizoram to hold first bamboo fest

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Aizawl, Sept 25: The Mizoram's Tourism department is gearing up to hold the first ever 'Bamboo Festival' during October 4-6 at Berawtlang Tourist Complex here.

Tourism Minister ZH Ropuia said that the festival would not only have lots of entertainment but also provide a platform to display the various bamboo and other indigenous products, which would promote both tourism and quality production in the state.

During the three-day festival, one would get to see and participate in the various traditional dances and singing, where cultural troupes from interior areas would perform, official sources said.

There would be exhibition-cum-sale of different handicrafts and handloom. Food courts offering different cuisines and competitions in traditional games such as catapult shooting and stilt-walking would also be a part of the festival. A fashion show displaying traditional Mizo handloom would also be held, the sources said.

The Horticulture department would display major fruits and flowers which Mizoram is well known for such as anthurium, rose, papaya, squash, capsicum, tomato and passion fruit. It also plans to conduct demonstration and training on ginger ale, ginger candy and passion fruit juice.

A workshop on 'Bamboo- The Ultimate Resource for Prosperity' would be organised by the Environment&Forest department to spread awareness about the prospects of bamboo. The department would also organise a bamboo seedling show as well as display specimens of the various bamboo varieties found in Mizoram.

The Tourism department has also confirmed participation from all the other northeastern states in the fest.

UNI

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