The spring has sprung. It's this time of the year when we experience a renewed season filled with joy as we the blossoming of flowers.
Springtime reminds me of rebirth and reinvigoration. We become more alive as days become more temperate and people enjoy the outdoors.
This beautiful season is never complete without witnessing the cherry blossoms festival in Vancouver. And so we visit the charming district of Yaletown to celebrate the "Big Picnic" event. This is the best time to see the flower in full bloom and when many people are gathered as friends under the cherry trees. There are no strangers, but just friends and lovers.
The Big Picnic and the Cherry Blossoms Festival are organized to bring people together from Metro Vancouver to experience a day of fun and excitement. There are programs, art exhibits, and workshops for everyone to participate in, learn and enjoy.
This year's event may have been more significant as people move freely without restrictions. Mask mandate is lifted and people see each others' faces. But beyond faces are beautiful smiles, laughter, and joy that brighten up the day and lift the mood.
What makes David Lam Park a magical experience is when people enjoy the hundreds of Akebono cherry trees that were donated by the 25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Dr. David Lam where the park was named in his honor.
There are physical fitness activities like yoga. It's a great way of becoming one with nature while relaxing the body and clearing the mind. There:s also winning haiku and haiku installations where they connect poems to the cherry trees.
It's a good feeling when we see families and children enjoy the wide variety of programs and activities. It's good to see more people outdoors and appreciate wonderful nature in the heart of the city.
As the clock springs forward, we also show the world how we're moving forward despite the situation and still making joyful cherry blossom experiences and awesome memories. The Big Picnic is a special event that brings people together from different places in British Columbia to see the magical cherry blossoms and to experience "why there are no strangers under the cherry tree". We're all united, we believe we can be.
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