Cherry Blossom Festival Pictures and History from Washington, DC

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It’s that time again! Spring is in the air and the Cherry Blossom Festival is stunning visitors in Washington, D.C. The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration of nature in a busy metropolis, and it is perhaps more beautiful due to the juxtaposition. This year marks the 99th time the Cherry Blossom Festival will be bringing natural eye candy to the nation’s capital, although 2011 is more somber than other years, due to the recent tragedy in Japan.

The Cherry Blossom Festival began in 1912, when Japan offered the United States a gift of cherry blossom trees as a symbol of peace. The first batch numbered 3,000 trees, although just 100 of the original trees remain. However, many of the newer trees were grown from the original tree line. The Cherry Blossom Festival was halted during World War II, but continued after the conflict.