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Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2nd Annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival on April 8, 2018. Check out the event photos on the City of Richmond Facebook page by clicking here. Join us for the 3rd Annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday April 7, 2019.
What is Cherry Blossom Festival?
The Festival celebrates the arrival of spring and blooming of the cherry blossoms. In Japan, cherry blossoms are known as sakura, which are a special flower to the people and the country. The cherry blossom signifies a time of renewal and the cycle of life. Two weeks after the peak of the cherry blossom’s bloom, the petals begin to fall. The cherry blossom celebration includes picnics under the cherry trees with food and drinks shared with friends and family—this is a tradition known as hanami which translates to “watching blossoms,” and can be traced back hundreds of years.
The Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival is set amongst 255 Akebono cherry blossom trees at Garry Point Park, on the mouth of the Fraser River. The festival will feature a day of traditional Japanese music and dance performances, delicious food options and fun activities as celebrated in Japan.