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Published July 28th 2016
Celebrate the beauty of nature around the world
From the cherry blossom festival in Japan to the tulip festival in Holland, here is a bucket list of the top places to be awed by the kaleidoscope of flowers from around the world. You may think flower festivals would be peaceful and romantic occasions, however quite a few turn into "flower fighting" - such as Jersey Battle of Flowers, or Batalla de Flores in Valencia, where everyone ends up throwing flowers at each other.
Also known as Hanami (cherry blossom viewing), for centuries, Japanese people really look forward to celebrating these stunning pale pink flowers which bloom around late April - May every year. The best places to see the sea of pink are Hirosaki Park, Yoshinayama or Takato Castle which is surrounded by 1500 cherry trees.
2. Plum Blossom Festival - China:
China also has a proud tradition of flower viewing, with thousands of plum blossom gardens across the country. Purple Mountain, Nanjing and Haiwan Forest, Shanghai are especially popular places to contemplate the wonder of plum blossoms.
3. Tulip Festival - Holland:
Holland is famous for those iconic images of fields of multi-colored tulips, and it really is something special to see these stunning flowers in person. The Keukonhof Gardens claim to be the world's largest flower park with 7 million tulips, and celebrates with an annual festival each April. Bloemencorso Zundert boasts the largest flower parade in the world which takes place on the first Sunday of each September.
The main square in front of City Hall is transformed into a gigantic begonia flower carpet every second August in Brussels, Belgium. Over 100 volunteer gardeners assemble the "carpet" like a giant puzzle over four hours. The finished "carpet" measures 75 metres long and contains 600 000 flowers. Impressive.
5. Pasadena Rose Parade - California:
This historic flower parade originated in 1890 and takes place on New Year's Day each year to mark the Rose Bowl college football game. Giant flower covered floats parade through the streets and there is also a beauty queen contest.
6. Chiang Mai Flower Festival - Thailand:
This festival takes place on the first weekend in February each year. It is a celebration of white and yellow chrysanthemums, dendrobium orchids and the unusual damask rose. The festival also includes Traditional Thai dancing and all attendees receive their own stunning rose to take home.
Each September, the parks of Toowoomba, Queensland are filled with stunning themed floral displays. Along with tunnels of wisteria and a public garden competition, there is also a very popular flower float parade, live music and plenty of colorful celebrations.
Do you have a favorite flower festival from around the world? Or some other flower festivals on your bucket list? Please leave a comment below.
Just to add an information: Sakura blossoms in spring time depends on the region. In major cities like Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Kamakura, Nagoya (it applies to coastal towns in southern part of the main island) would have sakura generally in late March to 1st week of April (only in 2011 due to Fukushima, the cherry blossoms were 'delayed'). The most beautiful sakura blossoms are found in Tohoku where Fukushima is. In northern parts eg Takayama, Matsumoto it's mid April onward. And Hokkaido island being in the north tip would be the last to have sakura (in May).