New Delhi, July 6, 2019: The 31st Mango Festival organized by Delhi Tourism in association with Govt. of Delhi began on Friday at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri. The festival which will last for 2 days was inaugurated by Sh. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi in the presence of Rajesh Rishi, MLA Janakpuri; Shurbir Singh, Managing Director & CEO, Delhi Tourism and D. Varma, General Manager, Delhi Tourism.
Day one witnessed Mango enthusiasts relishing the ‘Sau hai Daam Jitne Khao Aam’ along with performances by bands like Urooj and Indo Fuzon. Magic show and folk-dance performances engaged the visitors just as much.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Manish Sisodia said, “Delhi Government has been traditionally organizing this festival for the past 31 years and it is a great way to know more about the King of Fruits- Mangoes. Mango Growers have time and again surprised us with the ever-evolving varieties they bring forth. The enthusiasm of people towards the exhibition as well as the competitions showcases their love for this fruit. I am sure the next two days will be equally engaging with other activities and cultural programmes.”
The 31st Mango Festival unfolded over 500 varieties of mangoes, which are on display at the event. The various types of mangoes on display include Langra, Chausa, Amrapali, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallikaand other assorted varieties.
The Mango Festival aims to showcase of mangoes from different states of India. A total number of 20 farmers along with government horticulture departments and agriculture institutes have participated in the event. The farmers from across the country have come together to display traditional, hybrid and unique varieties of Mangoes.
The festival has become one of the major and the most awaited cultural events of Delhi, drawing thousands of visitors every year. Mango Eating Competition for Women at 4:00 p.m. Participants will be given 3 kgs of mangoes to consume within 3 minutes and the winner is suitably awarded by Delhi Tourism on the closing day.
The exhibition at the festival also offers sale of processed mango items including products like pickles, jam, chutney, mango pulp,mango juice, jelly, aampapad, and aam panna.
A new variety grown by one of the leading farmer from Muzafarnagar named after Indian Cricket Team Captain- “Virat Kohli” became the main attraction of the exhibition.
His Excellency Mr. Walter J. Lindner, Ambassdor, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, graced the festival with his presence.
The Mango Festival over the next two days will feature an array of recreational events and activities associated with mango, like mango eating competition for women and men, mango quiz and mango slogan writing competition for children, magic show and cultural performances.
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