Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that the ‘Meghalayan Age Festival’ will be held in March for a period of nine days to promote high end tourism.

He said the festival will be held on the second week of March tentatively from March 6 or 7 next.

“We are living in the Meghalayan Era and the world needs to be informed about this. Through this festival, we will brand Meghalaya and invite visitors to experience the State in a different style. We are putting different activities, music and cultural events to make this event a memorable one,” Sangma told reporters.

The highlights of this event will be hot air balloons, caving and glamping.

Glamping is being held for the first time in Meghalaya, where 50 five star luxury tents will be put up for visitors, who can enjoy five star facilities in the tent and enjoy the festival, which will be spread over a period of nine days.

“We want to promote Meghalaya in a very big way and the Meghalayan Age Festival is just the beginning of our ambitious tourism plan,” the CM added.

He also said that during the festival, the government will showcase achievers from the state chosen from different fields — farming, education, health care, sports, business and develop stories around them and link their stories with Meghalaya.

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The CM later visited site for the Iawmusiang Market and Meghalaya Age Festival along with officials.

The International Union of Geological Sciences had on July, 2019, announced the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth Age and are calling it a new chapter — the ‘Meghalayan Age’.

This age began at the time when agricultural societies around the world “experienced an abrupt and critical mega-drought and cooling”

The new classification came about after stalagmites on the floors of caves in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya were discovered that were considered as a significant proof for the latest distinction.

The Meghalayan, the youngest stage, runs from 4,200 years ago to 1950. It began with a destructive drought, whose effects lasted two centuries, and severely disrupted civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and the Yangtze River Valley.

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