Mango, memories and masti: Delhi Tourism's 31st Mango Festival concludes on Sunday
Delhi Tourism's three-day mango festival ended on an eventful note on Sunday. The 31st Mango Festival brought together thousands of mango lovers at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri this weekend.
The three-day festival was a refreshing delight for Delhiites who gathered to see more than 500 varieties of mangoes collected from the Northern parts of India.
Exploring the evergreen love for mangoes, the mango festival proved to be a great way to make Delhi's sweltering summers not only endurable but also enjoyable.
Being the juiciest event of the year, the enthusiasm of visitors has yet again proven that the festival has become one of the major and the most awaited cultural events in Delhi.
A mango named after the Indian cricket team's captain, Virat Kohli, became the main attraction of the exhibition. 'Virat' (Kohli) Mango, weighing approximately 1kg, was amongst other new varieties introduced by mango growers this year.
The festival brought forth various popular varieties from different states of India. About 20 mango growers from across the country, besides the government horticulturists, participated in the event.
Farmers from different states came together to display traditional, hybrid and unique varieties of mangoes. Some assorted varieties of mango included Langra, Chausa, Amrapali, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika.
Some exclusive varieties from the Southern States were also on display by the National Horticulture Board of India. Varieties such as Gulabkhas, Haathi Jhool (Biggest variety, weighing approximately 3 kgs) and Angoordana (Smallest variety) were the highlights.
Mango enthusiasts relished the 'Sau hai Daam Jitne Khao Aam' event, along with performances by bands like Urooj, Ayaz, Sur Theka, Sufi Amigos, Ekagra, Anakryvit, Rock and Raaga, Indo Fuzon and Artists like Kamal Gill. Magic show and folk-dance performances engaged the visitors just as much.
Witnessing the event for the first time, a Delhi local, Gauri Mudgal, said, "Having made countless summers worth cherishing, mango ushers a sense of nostalgia when childhood was spent eating mangoes with family and friends. Finding so many varieties of mangoes under one roof has made this a must-visit event."
"Three decades ago, we incepted our signature event, the mango festival, keeping in mind the role mangoes play in every Indian household and how Mango growers have consistently added to our lives with their innovative and delicious varieties. This festival celebrates our bond with mangoes that has come about because of mango growers," said Sudhir Sobti, Chief Manager of Delhi Tourism.