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“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities in the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is true that flowers have been an integral part of our lives since times immemorial. These delicate bearers of beauty, delicacy, and fragrance are harbingers of our traditions, culture, well-being, and even economy. Their value is evident in puja, rituals, expressing love, condolence, encouragement, congratulating people, and many other feelings and messages.
Flowers are therapeutic as well and induce optimism. Several esteemed poets and lyricists of the age have penned about the significance of flowers, knitting various emotions with these blossoms. So, these dainty darlings are celebrated in various flower shows and festivals across the world. Being blessed with a wide floral variety, India holds outstanding ones every year. Here are some of those organized in winters.
1. The Rose Festival, Chandigarh
With the arrival of Valentine’s month, Chandigarh turns all rosy. No wonder, the annual Rose Festival is hosted here, which is a photographer’s delight. The 40-acre garden blooms with a wide variety of roses that include hybrid tea rose, miniature rose, climber rose, green rose, blue rose, black rose, and even more!
A hint of fun is added to the show as some of the roses are christened after states, countries, fruits, and even famous personalities. Some of the names are Zakir Hussain (former Indian president), John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, Delhi, America, cherry, apricot, etc.
Place: Zakir Hussain Rose Garden and Leisure Valley
- Folk dances
- Mr. and Miss Rose competition
- Traditional dance competitions
- Flower cutting and arrangement contest
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2. Flower Show, Mysore
The Flower Show remains the show stopper of the Winter Festival organized every year in Mysore. Spreading floral beauty and fragrance across the Mysore Palace, the show draws the attention of winter tourists from far and wide. Almost 3.5 to 4 lakh flowers are used to decorate some fascinating structures at the extensive Palace grounds. The Horticulture Department arranges approximately 10,000 flowerpots with more than 30 varieties of flowers. The variety of flowers includes roses, orchids, and chrysanthemum among others. For display, thousands of varieties of dahlia, marigold, and bonsai are kept.
Flower imitations created to leave the visitors in awe are the old wooden Mysore Palace (burnt in a fire), a model of ISRO’s ‘Satellite launch’ vehicle, and models to respect the Indian Army, Air Force, and Indian Navy. Other blossom replicas include Siddaganga seer Shivakumara Swami’s portrait, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar sitting on the throne, and Swami Vivekananda.
Place: Mysore Palace
- Various animals and cartoon characters created from flowers, especially for kids.
- Flower adorned clay models of the enthroned Maharaja with his guards
- Elephant cart with musicians performing
- A tower-like entrance
Also Read: Complete guide of Mysore Dasara celebration
3. International Cherry Blossom Festival, Shillong
The East Khasi Hills and the state capital Shillong turn pink with pretty Himalayan cherry blooms every year. Their merry blossoms transform Shillong into a lovable sight. Counterparts of Japanese cherry blossoms, these flowers are no less than nature’s magic that draws tourists from across the countries. The craze for these flowers from Japan and the United States is now largely shared by India.
These wispy pink blooms awash the natural scenery, while their welcoming whiff fills the air. The pink bounty is a gift from the Himalayas to Meghalaya that enriches the flower fest scenario of India. The spell-binding beauty of these flowers is sure to keep you fascinated, feeling as if you are walking in a scene right from a storybook!
Place: Various venues such as the Polo 5th Ground, State Convention Centre, Golf Course, JN Stadium, and Indoor Stadium Polo
- Guided night walks
- Fashion shows
- Rock concerts
- Stalls serving local food
- Japanese cultural events
4. Bangalore Flower Show
The Garden City as Bangalore is fondly known, hosts flamboyant flower shows twice a year – during Republic Day and on Independence Day. Held in the botanical garden, the show displays a plethora of blossoming varieties but its floral replicas earn the most accolades. The show is organized with specific themes. For instance, Mysore Dasara was once the theme to create floral replicas.
So far over 200 flower shows have been organized at this history enriched botanical garden. Created by Hyder Ali, the garden was developed by his son, Tipu Sultan. Further, it gained the status of Government Botanical Garden in 1856. And what’s more? You can also take the much-loved plants home.
Place – Lalbagh
- Floral replicas – Mysore palace, Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, Eiffel Tower
- Over 1000 species of well-maintained tropical plants
- Spellbinding flower arrangements as palaces, monuments, royal animals, etc.
Month: January and August
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5. Winter Flower Show, Kolkata
The grounds of the Agri-Horticultural Society of India turn all the more gorgeous every year with myriad variants of dahlias, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and roses along with other flowers. The first to start in the country, this annual flower show began in 1828, eight years after the society was established in 1820 by Rev. Carey.
The annual flower show here boasts of a vast variety of flowers. Sometimes large roses of different colors, vibrant yellow and pink hues of dahlias, and even bonsai and cactus variants steal the show. Displaying unimaginable blossoming assortments, this sprawling garden looks like a picture right from a fable.
Place: The Agri- Horticultural Society of India
- Several stalls sell various flora varieties. Those with a plant passion can grab these.
- Eatery serving food items
- Joyrides for kids
- Various activities like pot designing
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Flower shows and festivals are not only plain presentations of blooms but also a celebration of times with your loved ones. The atmosphere at these carnivals is soothing and revives you to the core with freshness, fragrance, and a visual treat. Star attractions and styles of display in these flowery fetes keep changing. This keeps flower fans on their toes to behold these blossoms in different avatars and delight in different attractions every year. Do you have a flower fetish? Pack your bags and get ready to visit the city organizing the most beautiful flower festivals.