But there is still something bewitching in the vast purple sea of the lavender fields of Provence, and in the red from poppies of the Kazakh steppe, and in the usual carpet of dandelions, covering lawns in the middle of Russia in spring. Many colors are beautiful. You can see a lot of flowers at once, the same and different, at flower festivals that take place around the world.
Many of them fall on the period of the most active flowering of plants – in the spring. A vivid example: Japanese Hanami, the festival of sakura blossom, that is, finely sawn cherry. The whole country, from small to large, rushes into gardens and parks to admire the trees in a gentle white and pink haze. They come day and night (in the dark, sakura are specially highlighted), spread rugs on the grass and have picnics. Sometimes you have to occupy places on the lawns in advance: there are many beauty lovers, but beauty is short-lived – sakura blooms for about 10 days. True, if you drive Japan from south to north, you can stretch the khans for three months: the first flowers in the south of the country appear in March, and the last petals from northern trees fly around in May. One of the most famous festival venues is Ueno Park in Tokyo, and the official start by the khans in the Japanese capital is given by sakura in the Yasukuni temple, which usually blooms in late March.
Spring comes to the south of Europe early in February. It was then on the French Riviera, in the town of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, near Cannes, hosts the Festival of mimosa. In 2017, it will be held February 15-22. A 10-day holiday, dating back to 1931, opens with a solemn service in the Notre Dame des Mimosas chapel and the election of the Queen of Mimosa. Colorful processions are held daily through the streets of the city. Their indispensable attribute is giant sculptures of flowers, the creation of which takes up to 12 tons of mimosa, which grew here on the Cote d’Azur. By the way, these yellow fluffy balls – in fact, are not flowers of mimosa, but of her distant kin, silver acacia, but the erroneous name was firmly fixed to them in everyday life.
The main flower of April, perhaps, is a tulip, the festival of which takes place, for example, in Istanbul . In the parks of the largest city in Turkey, from which tulips were imported to Europe at one time, millions of these flowers of various shades are revealed. At the end of April, in the Netherlands, the main supplier of tulips to today’s world market, the Bloemencorso Bollenstreek flower parade starts. Sculptures of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths travel 42 kilometers, from Noordwijk to Haarlem. The route runs through Keukenhof Park, also known as the Garden of Europe, – one of the best places in the whole of Holland to admire tulips.
However, to visit the flower festival does not have to wait until next spring. Those who are going on summer vacation, but have not yet decided on the route, should take a closer look at the town of Laredo in northern Spain where the Flower Battle (Batalla de Flores) has been taking place since 1908. This year it will be held on August 26. The battle is a competition in fantasy and craftsmanship between the locals who manually create gigantic carrosas flower sculptures for the holiday. Different flowers are used, mainly chrysanthemums, dahlias and carnations. One sculpture takes up to 120 thousand. Everyone can look into the workshops where they make karrosas, on the night before the holiday. Its culmination is a parade of sculptures that are driven around the city on special platforms, accompanied by orchestras, and the election of the best of them. Everything ends with a firework that occurs exactly at midnight. Similar battle festivals exist in other cities, for example, in Italian Ventimiglia or Spanish Valencia.
Another option for a summer trip is the capital of Belgium, Brussels. The Grand Place Square in the Gothic city center from August 12 to 15 will be covered by a giant carpet of flowers measuring 75 x 24 m, created by hundreds of professional gardeners and volunteers. “Weave” it every two years – the current carpet will be the anniversary, twentieth. The best view is from above, from the balcony of the city hall. The pattern, each time different, is laid out mainly from local begonias (Belgium is the world leader in their cultivation: of 60 million flowers, 80% is exported), which can endure both heat and damp dampness. In addition to the unique spectacle of a flower carpet, festival guests enjoy nightly light shows.
On the first weekend of September, one of the largest flower festivals in the world – Bloemencorso Zundert. It is held in the south of the Netherlands, near the border with Belgium, in the hometown of Van Gogh (literally translated its name means “the parade of flowers of the city of Zundert”), by volunteers from 20 surrounding villages. The main flower of the holiday is a dahlia.
On October 29, at the height of spring in the southern hemisphere, in the city of Grafton, New South Wales, the annual 8-day Jacaranda Festival kicks off. This exotic tree is common in South America, Africa, southern Europe and here in Australia. It’s worth coming here not only for a rich program (parade, queen of Jacquarand elections, sports, concerts, dances) and impressive photos of streets strewn with purple flowers, but also to check the local sign: whoever has a jacaranda flower on his head will certainly be lucky .
If you prefer roses to all exotic flowers, you have to wait until 2017. The Queen of Flowers is dedicated to two celebrations in the United States with more than 100 years of history: Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. The first starts exactly at the beginning of next year, January 2. And the second, in the program of which, in addition to the Big Flower Parade, stretching for almost 7 kilometers, there are many other processions, sporting events and concerts, – at the end of May – June.
In early June 2017, the traditional Rose Festival will be held in the Bulgarian cities of Karlovo and Kazanlak, which will be interesting not only to flower lovers, but also to gourmets. After all, its main character, an oil rose, serves as a raw material for the manufacture of sweets and alcohol (as well as natural cosmetics and perfumes). At the festival, you can learn all about the production of pink delicacies and taste them.