Cherry blossom craze blooms on social media
It’s that time of the year again. Cherry blossom trees in Copenhagen are blooming and people are flocking to parks to view the ephemeral, pink flowers.
The Bispebjerg cemetery in the northwestern part of Copenhagen has been a particularly popular destination. Thousands of people – both Danes and tourists – visited the cemetery over the weekend.
Social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been inundated with cherry-blossomed selfies with hashtags like #SakuraweekCPH, # Bispebjerg Cemetery and #SakuraDK
Cherry blossoms – a great background for a selfie
“The trees received much more attention this year than in the past. There’s clearly a growing interest,” Anders Melamies, manager of the operation centre of the department of public works told Jyllands-Posten.
“I think it has much to do with the very good weather over the weekend. People wanted to enjoy the weather while having something beautiful to look at and to get some new selfies.”
Sakura festival this weekend
For the Japanese the cherry blossom trees, known as Sakura trees, have a strong symbolic significance. They represent both the fragility and beauty of life.
On April 24 and 25, the Japanese Embassy in Denmark is hosting a Sakura festival in the Langeline Park, near the Little Mermaid statue, to celebrate the cherry blossom season.
The festivities will take place from 10:00 to 17:00 on both days and will include martial arts performances, traditional group dance performances, fashion shows, karaoke, drumming exhibitions and tea ceremonies. Japanese food will also be available.