By: Henna Ramchandani
It is officially springtime in Washington, DC, but the warm weather is not all that there is to look forward to. Every year, DC also rings in the season with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a tradition that showcases the 3,000 cherry trees donated to our nation’s capital from Tokyo. For those of you who may think that a few pink trees are not that exciting, think again! The whole city becomes captivated with the beauty that the festival brings.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is around three weeks long and events occur all around Washington, with over 200 cultural performances and an array of events each day. Most people love soaking up the sun and testing their photography skills around the national mall. It is almost impossible not to get caught up in the hype when all your friends begin posting their pictures!
The National Mall is definitely the place to be at this time, and so begins the influx of tourists into DC. But for locals and visitors alike, other businesses have much to offer as well. Cherry blossom-themed cupcakes, donuts and even clothing can be found all around. For tourists and D.C. natives alike, the festival provides great deals and promotions. Even hotels have packages with rooms designed around the cherry blossom theme.
This year, the weather has not been exactly typical of spring so far, but yet The National Park service predicts April 3-6 as being peak days for the cherry blossom bloom period. Although centered around Japanese culture, the festival is multi-faceted in the events it has to offer. The Kite Festival is great for those who love being outdoors in the springtime, and it’s a sight to see on the National Mall grounds. The culmination of the three-weeks-long festival brings the most popular event: the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade. From giant floats, to helium balloons of all shapes and sizes, to several live music performances, this event draws in the largest crowd.
Spring is in the air!