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Cherry Blossoms at Punjabi Festival

Blossoms at Punjabi Market

The weekend of April 11-12, 2015, had two great cultural events happening in the Lower Mainland – the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade and the Sakura Days Japan Fair.

More Blossoms at Punjabi Festival than Blossom Fair

The Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade took place in South Vancouver along Main Street, 49th Avenue and through Punjabi Market on the Saturday. The Sakura Days Japan Fair took place at VanDusen Garden on the Saturday and the Sunday. Both were great events in their own ways.

One thing was funny though – there were a million times more cherry blossoms at the East Indian Punjabi festival than at the festival celebrating the blossoming of cherry trees!

Sakura Days Cherry Tree
A cherry tree at VanDusen Sakura Fair

At the Sakura Days Japan Fair there was just one lonely cherry tree in blossom in the main fair area, and less than half a dozen blossoming trees in other parts of VanDusen Garden. The event was still great, even with the lack of what was being celebrated.

On the same day, ironically, on side streets in and around the Vaisakhi Parade route there were literally gazillions of blossoms.

There weren’t many blossoming cherry trees right on the parade route itself, along Main Street and 49th Avenue, but intersecting those streets there were more stunningly pink trees than probably anywhere in the Lower Mainland.

You had to get off the main roads to see the colour, or you might not have noticed the blossoms at all, but when you did the sight was amazing.

So nice when one cultural community embraces the theme of another culture’s event!

Walking to Vaisakhi Parade

More Information

For more on the Punjabi festival, see Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade.

For more on cherry blossom events this month in the Lower Mainland, check out the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival or Sakura Days Japan Fair.

For more interesting cross-cultural photos of cherry blossoms at the Punjabi Vaisakhi festival, see below.

Man with Turban at Vaisakhi Parade

Cherry Blossoms at Vaisakhi Festival

Police Cycling at Vaisakhi