planned for Sun. April 19, 2020 was cancelled
With deep regret, the 2020 Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival has been cancelled until April 2021. This decision was not made lightly but was necessary in response to Governor Lamont’s announcement that any gatherings of more than 250 people must be cancelled until April 30. We should have a the 2021 date posted shortly.
Lots of people came to see the Cherry Blossoms in Wooster Square Park this spring. They were, as usual, quite spectacular!
HISTORY OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. The Festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven all-afternoon event that draws well over 10,000 visitors.
Cherry Blossom Fun Facts:
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) has been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful sakura (cherry trees) and wrote poems. Sakura is a symbol of Japan, and it’s said that there are over 400 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. The most popular kind of sakura which can be viewed everywhere in Japan is somei-yoshino (Yedoensis). Unlike other varieties of cherry tree, Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruit.