As the days lengthen and the temperature rises, our thoughts begin to turn to spring and the many spring festivals that celebrate the coming season. The Canadian Tulip Festival is one such celebration which will be held in Ottawa, Canada from May 6-23, 2011. The Canadian Tulip Festival is now in its 59th year and has grown to become the largest Tulip Festival in the world.
In 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100 000 tulip bulbs to express thanks for the safe haven provided to the Dutch Royal Family during the Second World War and in recognition of the role that Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands. The Tulip Festival started a few years later, in 1953, and is considered to be an important symbol of international friendship and of spring.
The theme for this year's festival is "Kaleidoscope – a celebration of spring awakening through colour, culture and community". According to the official website, over 1 million tulips in more than 50 varieties will bring a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the National Capital Region. The website for the Tulip Festival has information on featured events and other programming, photos, general visitors information and links to hotel packages. The Tulip Festival has even involved celebrity lifestyle experts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman this year – watch their show Steven & Chris on CBC and you could win a trip to Ottawa for the festival.
I have always wanted to visit the Tulip Festival, perhaps this will be the year that I actually make it.
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