The event, starting from today, is named Palaash after the flower of Butea monosperma, which blooms in the capital during this time. Palaash is also known as the “Flame of the forest” because of its bright and invigorating fire-like blossoms and the flower has many dimensions to itself. The Goddess of knowledge, creativity, and music, Devi Saraswati, is fond of Palaash flowers. The festival has the goal towards a cleaner and greener Delhi and will raise awareness about ecological development.
The Lt Governor of Delhi, Vinai Kumar Saxena, today visited Palaash. While appreciating the flora put on display, Saxena said that along with others, this festival was another step towards in making Delhi-a City of Flowers. Subhasish Panda, Vice Chairman (DDA) along with officials of DDA were also present during the visit.
The objective of the Festival is to promote and encourage employees of the organization to work towards the betterment of DDA greens. The grass-root level workers get an opportunity to display their skills while healthy competition amongst them is promoted. During the festival, various divisions of the Horticulture Department of DDA will compete, showcasing the beautiful work done by them, which will be judged by a learned jury.
A positive by-product of the competition would be an opportunity given to the public to enjoy a display of flowers with various attractions like folk performances organised by the Ministry of Culture, pottery making for those who have a knack, painting competitions for school children, and much more. Food stalls with lip-smacking street delicacies from different regions of India will act as an attraction for the visitors at the festival.
There will be an exhibition of species like Geranium, Gerberas, Gladiolus, Ferns, Palms, Philodendrons, Crotons, Dracaenas, Ficus, Asters, Candytuft, Carnations, Gazenia, Marigolds, Nasturtium, Pansies, Petunia, Phlox, Lilies, Salvia, Verbena, etc, their arrangements in bouquets, garlands, hanging baskets etc.
The event is expected to captivate big crowd, who shall be acquainted with different aspects of flowers, ornamental, seasonal, and perennials, shrubs, hedges, succulents, trees, their propagation and Gardening. The visitors would also get insights to the efforts and contributions being made by DDA for fighting with the alarming levels of pollution in Delhi and beautifying the National Capital Territory.