This month’s flower is the beautiful cherry blossom. Cherry blossom trees generally bloom in the spring but with all the warm weather we have been having and the mild winter, you can expect them to start blooming sometime soon at the end of this month. Cherry blossoms are hugely symbolic in Japanese culture and not only symbolize clouds but are a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality and they can be found throughout Japan’s history.
Japan gave the United States thousands of cherry blossom trees in 1912 to celebrate the nations’ then growing friendship and have continued giving the United States more trees since then. There are quite a number of festivals held yearly to celebrate the beauty and significance of these trees but the largest is National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington, D.C.. The festival takes place from March 20-April 27 with peak blooms expected between March 20 and March 23rd.
Can’t make it to D.C. to take a look at these gorgeous, historically and culturally significant blooms? Well you can head on over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s own Cherry Blossom festival to see these flowering trees up close. They even track the blooming of the trees on their website so you can make sure to head over there when the trees are in their full flowering glory.