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Cherry blossom festival
Japanese cherry blossom festivals are world famous. The Meteorological Agency works hard on the matters of the cherry blossoms, the matters having obviously not so high scientific value. Such as, to observe so-called front line of cherry blossoms, i.e. a line begins from the southern part of Japan in the middle of March and gradually moves up to Hokkaido, to forecast starting days of cherry blossoms in the local areas and to declare an official date of cherry blossoms for each local area. This year in Tokyo, the official cherry blossoms date was the 21st March, coincidentally it was spring equinox.
Spring equinox is a traditional festival day for Buddhists in Japan. People visit their family tomb, a pattern of culture, which is only in Japan. In India or China, they do not consider spring equinox as a religious day. In many countries, religious festivals are national holidays. The dates are not after the modern solar calendar but after their religious folklore, therefore the dates move year by year. Japanese rationalized the dates of their festivals to the fixed solar calendar’s dates and the festivals lost old traditional atmosphere. Japanese consider spring equinox the real beginning of spring. The season of cherry blossoms is the season of school graduations in Japan.
In Asia, Europe and North America, there are cherries. There, in spring, cherry blossoms are beautiful. Cherry is a popular berry everywhere. Why are only Japanese cherry blossom festivals world famous? Nowhere people love cherry blossoms and feast than Japan. Chinese love peony, British love rose, Dutch loved tulip once. All of them happen in spring, spring craziness. I wonder if there are flower festivals where the local people are so fanatical as Japanese. There must be some township having spring flower festival. Mimosa festival and azalea festival sound authentic. It is nice to imagine how it would be.