9 Things You Never Knew About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

It's almost that time of year again.

Getty

Nothing says spring is on the way more than the first cherry blossoms of the season. As you wait for the rest of the trees to catch up so you can celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., find out everything you probably didn't know about the celebration:

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
1 The trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo.
Getty

He gave . In return, the United States gave Tokyo flowering dogwood trees. But some don't know that this wasn't Tokyo's first attempt to give us a gift. Two years prior, Ozaki sent over 2,000 trees that turned out to be disease-ridden (and had to be burned).

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 Two very important woman helped plant the trees.
Getty

The first lady at the time, , and the wife of the Japanese ambassador, , broke the soil for the planting. Here's a photo of the first lady with her husband, President William Howard Taft.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 But it was a writer's idea to put them along the Potamac.
Getty

came up with the idea after visiting Japan in 1885 and suggested it to the First Lady. Clearly, she thought it was a fantastic plan.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 The "festival" started when students reenacted the planting in 1927.
Getty

But it wasn't until 1935 that the first inaugural first took place. Today, the celebration includes a variety of events and even crowns a festival queen.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 During World War II, the festival wasn't celebrated.
Getty

That's because after the bombing of , several trees were cut down in protest. But after the war ended, the celebration resumed in 1947.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 More than 1.5 million people visit the festival every year.
Getty

Can't make it to ? You can still watch a of the blooms.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 The country was gifted 3,800 more trees in 1965.
Getty

Here's "Lady Bird" Johnson breaking soil on the trees, which she decided to plant on the northern bank of the . Today, that location is the premier spot for the annual festival.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 The "Blooming Period" is when 20% of blooms are open.
Getty

And the Peak Bloom Date is when 70% of blossoms are open. The National Park has a set up to help predict when this will take place — this year it's March 31 to April 3.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 Yes, you can get married under the cherry blossoms.
Getty

You just have to the for a permit.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Travel Ideas
http://biceps-ua.com

узнать больше steroid.in.ua

у нас profvest.com