Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: Hindu (Hindu)
The Mango Festival is celebrated throughout the country with much zeal and zest. The festival is held in the month of July every year in the capital, usually at the Talkatora stadium in Delhi and is hosted by the Delhi Tourism Board in collaboration with the Delhi Government.
But this year, the 21st International Mango Festival will be held at Dilli Haat, Pitampura from 3rd – 5th July, 2009. The King of Fruits festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the festival will be open for all from 11 a.m. till 10 p.m.
The festival is a three day affair which attracts thousands of mango lovers to the fest like a pot of honey attracts the bees. The Mango Festival is celebrated throughout the nation without any discrimination which spreads the hardcore notion of unity in diversity because of different species available under one roof.
The festival showcases more than 400 species of the fruit from different parts of the country.
It is the most awaited festival in the capital, as the citizens get to relish the rare species of the sumptuous fruit.
The fest will showcase some exceptional varieties such as Sirki,Suwarn, Neeleshwari, Royal SP, Raddy Pasand, Himasagar, Kensington, Neelam, Banganpalli, besides popular Dushehari, Langra, Alphonso, Kesar, Papitiyo, Tommy Atkins, Sensation and Nazuk Badan. Mangoes such as Abdullah, Ramkela, Aishwarya, Bombay Green from Kaleemullah Khan’s nursery. And one of the rare species of the fruit Gula by Tariq Mustafa from Purkazi in Muzaffarnagar.
The highlights of the festival include Mango Quiz, Mango eating competition,sale of fresh mangoes and processed fruits like pickles, chutney, mango pulp, juice, jelly, aam papad, jam and aam panna.You can binge on the fruit for free, can buy a small mango tree or or can also buy wide varieties of mango in the festival.
The festival provides agro-industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products. The idea is to give exposure to the domestic mango industry and exporters.
The Mango Festival is also celebrated in different parts of the country during the months of June July. Some of them are Pinjore, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune to name a few.