Flowers are the most revered gifts of nature around the world. The bright colors, the alluring fragrances, and the overall captivating appearances make them a mesmerizing sight to behold. The frenzy and popularity of flowers has led to the celebrations of beautiful flower festivals around the world. Countries worldwide host and celebrate special flower festivals which are touted as the characters of glory for these nations. The festivals of flowers make exciting and enjoyable carnivals for the people who joyously become a part of these celebrations from all around the world. The magnificent flower floats, live music and band performances, delicious food and drinks, the picturesque views of the colorful flowers and the cheerful crowd makes these festivities a memorable experience for everyone.Let’s have a look at the popular festivals of flowers celebrated worldwide –
1. Tulip Festival, Srinagar
The Tulip Festival in Srinagar celebrates the blooming season of the beautiful tulip flowers. Held at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden which is the largest tulip garden is located in the foothills of Zabarwan Range, this flower festival also lets the visitors enjoy the picturesque view of the Dal Lake. With millions of tulips of different shades and varieties on display, the occasion attracts tourists from across the world. The major attractions of this year include more varieties of plants such as daffodils, narcissus, hyacinths, and more have been planted; free WiFi, handicrafts of Kashmir; and delicious Kashmiri cuisine.
Location of Festival: Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Date of Festival: 1 April 2020 – 30 April 2020
Timings: 9:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening
Entry Fees: INR 25 for children and INR 50 for adults.
How to Reach: Tulip garden is 18 km away from the Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport and 15 kilometers from the Srinagar Railway Station.
2. Rose Festival, Chandigarh
The Rose Festival, one of the most main events in Chandigarh, is dedicated to the most popular flowers of roses. With thousands of tourists attending this fascinating flower festival in the city of Chandigarh, it becomes a sight to behold for the rose blossom lovers. About 1600 varieties of roses are displayed during the festival with other amusing events held like helicopter rides, musical events, and dog show.
Location of Festival: Zakir Hussain Rose Garden
Date of Festival: 28th February to 1st March 2020
Timings: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 50 for both adults and children
How to Reach: The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is 3 kilometers away from the Chandigarh Railway Station, 8 kilometers from Chandigarh Railway Station, and 18 kilometers away from Chandigarh International Airport.
3. Cherry Blossom Festival, Shillong
The Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong celebrates the blooming season of the Himalayan Cherry Blossoms in the beautiful East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. It is an autumn flower festival as it is celebrated in the month of November. In Shillong, the festival is celebrated at different venues, such as Polo 5th Ground, Golf Course, State Convention Centre, JN Stadium, and Indoor Stadium Polo. The festival hosts a variety of programs like a beauty pageant, live music gigs, and stalls of delicious cuisines and wine, and handicrafts of the region.
Location of Festival: Polo 5th Ground, Golf Course, State Convention Centre, JN Stadium, and Indoor Stadium Polo
Date of Festival: November
Timings: To be decided
Entry Fees: To be decided
How to Reach: The location of Cherry Blossom Festival is 30 kilometers away from the Umroi Airport or you reach the location from Guwahati in 3 hours by road.
4. International Flower Festival, Sikkim
The International Flower Festival in Sikkim exhibits the beauty and magnificence of the flowers which are native to this state. It is a month-long extravaganza which is held in the peak flowering season every year. The festival is organized by the Sikkim Government in which participants are invited from more than a dozen countries across the globe to promote the horticulture of Sikkim. The occasion displays hundreds of varieties of orchids, gladioli, roses, rhododendrons, roses, ferns, and herbs. The other attractions of the flower festival include yak Safari, Sikkimese cuisine, and rafting on the Teesta River.
Location of Festival: Flower Exhibition Centre near White Hall Complex in Gangtok
Date of Festival: March – April
Timings: To be decided
Entry Fees: Rs. 20 per person
How to Reach: White Hall is 1 kilometer away from Gangtok SNT Bus Station, 124 km from the Bagdogra airport, and 125 km from New Jalpaiguri and 144 km from Siliguri railway stations.
5. Dasara Flower Show, Mysore
Organized by the Horticulture Department at Kuppanna Park in Mysuru, Dasara Flower Show is one of the biggest events celebrated during Dasara festival in the city. Bolstering numerous varieties of roses and orchids, it witnesses lakhs of visitors attending this festival every year. The festival is a visual treat for the guests and boasts of other special events like food festival, kite festival, art exhibitions, elephant processions, theme-based flower decorations, and many other events for children.
Location of Festival: Nishad Bagh (Kuppanna Park)
Date of Festival: September – October
Timings: To be decided
Entry Fees: Rs. 30 above 6 years of age and Rs. 15 below 6 years of age
How to Reach: Dasara Flower Show is 2.5 km from Mysore Junction; 11.4 km from Mysore Airport; and 2.1 km from Mysore City Bus Stand.
6. Lalbagh Flower Show, Bengaluru
Organized by the Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society, Lalbagh Flower Show is one of the most popular festivals celebrated during the occasions of Republic Day and Independence Day in India. The creativity of constructing replicas of popular palaces, royal soldiers, monuments, famous personalities, elephants and horses with flowers is a sight worth watching. This year’s Lalbagh Flower Show was based on the theme of “Swami Vivekananda’s Life & Teachings”.
Location of Festival: Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Date of Festivals: 17 January – 26 January 2020 & 7 August – 16 August 2020
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Entry Fees: INR 70
How to Reach: It takes 45 minutes to reach Lalbagh Botanical Garden from Bangalore Airport. It takes 24 minutes to reach Lalbagh Botanical Garden from Bangalore city airport.
7. The Flower Show, Ooty
The Ooty Flower Show is a yearly flower festival organized by the Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crop under the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Ooty Botanical Gardens. The garden has around 1000 species plants, ferns, shrubs, trees, herbs, and bonsai plants. Also referred as ‘The Showstopper of the South’, the flower festival demonstrates humongous varieties of flowers arranged captivatingly. This flower exhibition also spreads awareness through gardening competitions in the farming and gardening community.
Location of Festival: Ooty Botanical Garden
Date of Festivals: 17th May – 21st May 2020
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Entry Fees: 40 INR for adults and 20 INR for children
How to Reach: Mettupalayam railway station is 40km away from the Ooty Botanical Garden. It is a three hours drive to Ooty Botanical Garden from Coimbatore International Airport.
8. Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival is a popular flower festival dedicated to the beautiful flowers of tulips in Ottawa. Held at Commissioners Park near Dows Lake in Ottawa, this festival of tulips witnesses millions of tulips blooming in splendor in the garden in different shades. This festival of tulips is celebrated as the flower is considered as the symbol of friendship, gratitude, and peace since 1953. Every year the Ottawa city attracts more than 650,000 visitors during the tulip festival. Scenic Commissioners Park on the shores of Dow’s Lake and the Rideau Canal are certainly the most popular locations to visit.
Location of Festival: Commissioners Park near Dows Lake in Ottawa
Date of Festivals: 8th May – 18th May 2020
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm
Entry Fees: $5 each for adults & $3 each for seniors and students (Free entry for kids under the age of 12)
How to Reach: It is a 12 hours ride from Hilton Ottawa Airport to Commissioners Park.
9. Floriade, Australia
Floridae flower festival is the biggest month-long celebration of the spring season in Australia. With millions of flowers on display, Floriade flower festival in Canberra is the perfect spot to relish the beauty of spring season. It is a manifold of exciting programs of music, food and wine, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, artistic displays, entertainment, market traders and recreational activities.
Location of Festival: Commonwealth Park in Canberra
Date of Festivals: 12 September to 11 October 2020
Timings: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Entry Fees: FREE
How to Reach: Take 2, 200, 300, 314, 315, and 4 buses to reach Commonwealth Park (Canberra).
10. Pasadena Rose Parade, United States
Hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena Rose Parade marks the beginning of the Rose Bowl Game on the day of the New Years in the city of New York. This flower festivals witnesses millions of people enjoy the parade featuring flower decorated floats, rose bowl games, high-stepping horses, and marching bands. The parade takes place at a stretch of 5.5-mile path from Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard. The theme for Pasadena Rose Parade 2021 will be “Dream. Believe. Achieve.”
Location of Festival: Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California
Date of Festival: 01 January 2021
Timings: 8 AM – 10 PM
Entry Fees: Individual ticket prices start at $160 plus Ticketmaster handling fees.
11. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Washington
An award-winning tulip flower festival, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington celebrates millions of blooming tulip bulbs in the beautiful season of spring. Every year over 1 million visitors attend this flower festival and experience more than 300 acres of land filled with bright colored tulips. The Tulip Town and Roozen Garden are the two main locations of this festival boasting of more than 80 varieties of the tulip flower.
Location of Festival: Skagit Valley in Washington
Date of Festival: 01 April– 30 April 2020
Timings: 9am – 7pm
Entry Fees: $10 entry for adults & kids under 5 free
12. Chelsea Flower Show, United Kingdom
Hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most popular flower festivals held in United Kingdom. The festival is attended by the Royal British Family and witnesses visitors from all continents. The popular attractions of this festival are the state-of-the-art show gardens decorated by leading names with Floral Marquee at the centerpiece and Artisan and Urban Gardens. This year, the gardens will highlight methods to fight climate change and encourage the ways to stay in harmony with nature with the help of urban design and sustainable practices.
Location of Festival: Grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London
Date of Festivals: 19 May – 23 May 2020
Timings: 8am – 8pm (Tuesday – Friday) & 8am – 5.30 pm (Saturday)
Entry Fees: £39.75 – £69.75
13. Jersey Battle of Flowers, United Kingdom
Jersey Battle of Flowers is a two-day annual carnival which takes place on the Channel Island of Jersey on the second Thursday of the August month. The occasion is categorized into two events – Grand Day Parade and Moonlight Parade. The main attractions of this flower festival are music, dancers, funfairs, majorettes and a beautiful parade of flower floats along with various street entertainers. As per the traditions of the festival, the local women decorated items like bicycles, carriages, and baby buggies with colorful flowers and threw flowers at each other. During this flower parade, the participants as well as the spectators threw flowers at one another.
Location of Festival: Victoria Avenue
Date of Festival: 13 August – 14 August 2020
Timings: 2:30 pm on 13 August and 9:00 pm on 14 August
Entry Fees: £35 for Tiered Stand Seating; £23 for Pavement Seating; £17.00 for Front Row; £16.00 for Second Row; & for children between 4- to 12 age is £10.00. (Grand Day Parade on 13 August) £32 for Tiered Stand Seating; £23 for Pavement Seating; £17.00 for Front Row; £16.00 for Second Row; & for children between 4 to 12 age is £10.00. (Moonlight Parade on 14 August)
14. Brussels Flower Carpet, Belgium
Brussels Flower Carpet is a flower festival that takes place every two years at the Grand-Place. A carpet of over 6 lakhs Begonia flowers is created by more than 100 flower cultivators from Ghent on the cobblestones of 1,800 m2 of Brussels’ Grand-Place. The flower carpet is adorned with magnificent fountains. Every time, a new motif is decided to create a beautiful carpet to provide pleasurable experience to the visitors from the entire world. A concert is organized at the location every evening followed by a magnificent sound-and-light show.
Location of Festival: Grand Place in Brussels
Date of Festivals: 13th August – 16th August 2020
Timings: 8.00 am to 12.00 noon on 13th August (Construction of the Flower Carpet); 9.30-11.00 p.m. for sound and light show
Entry Fees: FREE. €6 for City Hall’s balcony
15. Bloemencorso, Netherlands and Belgium
Bloemencorso means a flower parade to welcome spring season which is held in Netherlands and Belgium every year. This is a four-day flower festival featuring a parade of enormous floats and vehicles transformed into masterpieces with millions of tulips, daffodils, dahlias, and hyacinths, and lie performances by artists and music bands. The parade follows a 42 km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem attracting hundreds of visitors every year.
Location of Festival: Holland
Date of Festivals: 25 April – 26 April 2020
Timings: 9:15 am on 25 April 2020 to 4:00 pm on 26 April 2020
Entry Fees: € 19.00 each for adults & € 9.00 each for kids between 4-17 years of age
16. Batalla de Flores, Spain
Batalla de Flores, also called Battle of Flowers, is a flower parade festival which marks the end of the annual event of Valencia’s July Festival “Feria de Julio”. The occasion speaks of impressive flower decorations, brass bands, stalls, floats decorated with beautiful flowers in the famous Valencian style of Las Fallas and a lot of Sangria. The crowds of people attending the event throw marigold flowers on the participants and they defend themselves with the help of tennis rackets. The passengers in the parade are decked in colorful traditional clothes.
Location of Festival: Paseo de la Alameda, Valencia
Date of Festival: 26 July 2020
Timings: 8 pm
Entry Fees: €5
17. Medellin Feria de las Flores, Colombia
Feria de Las Flores meaning festival of the flowers is an annual social event which takes place on Medellin in Colombia. Dedicate to the Virgin Mary and the end of slavery, this flower festival feature – a classic parade of vintage cars, folk music and dance, concerts, international pageant of the flowers, and orchids exhibitions. The most iconic event in this festival is the Silleteros Parade, during which flower farmers carry baskets and bunches of lilies, orchids, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, and gladioli on their backs.
Location of Festival: Plaza de Toros La Macarena, Medellín
Date of Festival: 31 July – 19 August 2020
18. Genzano Infiorata Flower Festival, Italy
Italy celebrates flower festivals every year witnessing the beautiful artwork of local flower artists of Genzano on the street of Belardo in the form of flowery carpets made with dried and fresh flower petals along with organic material such as beans and wood shavings. The patterns of the carpets are based on the popular paintings, religious pieces of art and shapes. The display of floral carpets is kept for two days and the school children are invited to pluck the flowers and trample over the carpet and the procession to the Church of Santa Maria Della Cima marks the end of this festival.
Location of Festival: Genzano di Roma
Date of Festival: 21 June 2020
The Final Words
Experience the beauty and charm of these flower festivals by booking your tickets and heading straight to these locations. You can also make your Valentine’s Day 2020 super special for your partner by visiting any these mesmerizing flower festivals at your favorite location and spending a day together filled with love and excitement. But don’t forget to buy gifts for Valentine’s Day for your sweet partner for memorable Valentine celebrations.
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