A poet once stated in a sonnet that “flowers are love’s truest language.” For romantics who wish to wonder at the world’s floral finery, holidaycheck.com has composed a list of the lands that are showcasing the beauty with flower festivals this season:
Often referred to as the Great Spring Show, The Chelsea Flower Show opens its doors on May 25th for four days jam-packed with everything to do with petal power. There are tips on how to grow beautiful flowers, award-winning gardens created by some of the best landscape designers. It is the horticultural equivalent of a fashion show for flowers.
Haarlem, The Netherlands
You’ll feel like a tiptoe through the tulips after watching the Bloemencurso, or Flower Parade, in the Netherlands. Bollenstreek is celebrating its 63rd this year on the 24th April with floats and cars bedecked in blooms and lavish designs which will travel down the streets. But if the 24th April is just too far away, then the Keukenhof, just south of Amsterdam, displays wonderful exhibits of more than 7 million flowers from now until mid-May, along with bike rides and boat trips along the grounds.
A spring fling held from April 15 – 18 in 2010, The Madeira Flower Festival has huge displays of tropical plants and paths of petals lining the streets. On the morning of Saturday 17th, there will be the Childrens’ Parade during which little ones can bring their own blooms and build ‘The Wall of Hope’, a perfumed wall made entirely out of flowers. The climax of the festival is a procession of floats and hundreds of dancers, all decked out in their floral glory, who go through the main streets of Funchal.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Aptly nicknames “Te Rose of the North,’ in early spring, the town of Chiang Mai in Thailand transforms into a petal-adorned paradise. There are stalls from which to sample the local fare, and also shows to watch and enjoy. The star of this festival is the orchid, which thrives in the local climate. There is also a parade, sponsored by the local businesses, which shows off the beauty of flowers.
From January to June in Japan visitors can follow the blossoming of the trees through the different regions during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The most popular time for flower fans to see the profusion of petals is between March and May. There are cherry blossom forecasts on the television, so sightseers know the best time to take part in a ‘hanami’, or a cherry blossom party, and traditional meals called ‘Bento’ are cooked to honor the festival.
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