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Vancouver Celebrates Its Tenth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

IMG_3475It’s that most beautiful time of year again in Vancouver: Cherry Blossom Season, a brief lull through the soaking rain, grey skies and all-round blahs of the first few months of the year. The West End of Vancouver where I live has exploded with spring blossoms: vivid pink magnolia trees, the white and pretty pale pink pom poms of the cherry and plum trees –you can learn which is which in this handy guide – and everywhere flowers are bursting their buds.The beauty of the blossoms has been celebrated in Japan for centuries, their appreciation of the flowers stemming from the knowledge that this dazzling display is just fleeting; a few weeks if we’re lucky, or blown to the winds in minutes by a storm if we’re not.

IMG_3465-minNext week the city celebrates its tenth annual Cherry Blossom Festival with all kinds of fun free and low-cost community blossom-appreciating events from plain air  painting sessions, a ‘Cherry Jam’ live performance, and guided Blossom Bus to tree walks, evening illuminations and, for the first time,  a floating ‘Blossom Barge’. I love Vancouver celebrates its seasons and enjoying the transient beauty of the cherry blossoms seems like the best excuse for a party!

Find out more about the Cherry Blossom Festival here.  

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