The Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Washington

Cherry Blossoms

Spring officially arrived a couple weeks ago. In Washington true spring has sprung at the end of March.

In the capital city there are about 3,000 Japanese cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. The National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place around the end of March, and this year the flower bloomed just in time.

In the downtown area of Washington pansies of all colors are blooming, and they will do so until the beginning of summer.

This is the 96th year that this festival has taken place, after Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave a gift of cherry trees to the United States in 1912.

For many people this festival offers a memory that will last a lifetime. There are many activities for children at this festival, for example making origami cherry trees. A lot of people make this an outing for the whole weekend.

This festival brings millions of people each year to Washington. It lasts for about 16 days. The end of the festival is marked by a parade down Constitution Avenue, with the festival ending April 13th; about the time that the blossoms wilt away.

[Via: Washington Post]

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