The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade takes place on the first
Saturday in April 4. Each year the Parade runs along Constitution
Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW, and features giant balloons, marching
bands, and performers.
It was spring. There were eggs in every bird's nest, the air buzzed
with honeybees, and all at once the cherry trees blossomed. The
peasants forgot their cares in the Japanese village and congregated in the
meadow to sing and dance their time away. Even among this beauty someone was not happy, their miserly landlord sat
alone mumbling and grumbling. As he sat all alone eating a bowl of
cherries and glaring at the merry villagers. Then, quite by accident,
he swallowed a cherry pip. The pip began to sprout, and soon the
landlord was the wonder of the village a cherry tree was growing out of the
top of his head! The story of 'Under The Cherry Blossom Tree' is a favorite yarn in Japan. Here is the book by Allen Say
If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits? - Erma
The English word cherry comes from old Norman French cherise, from
which the modern French word for "cherry" [cerise] also comes. When the
word 'cherise' first entered Middle English it was assumed to be a
plural, and that there must logically be a singular "cheri'"- hence the
English word 'cherry'.
The cherry is the state fruit of Utah.
The earliest known mention of cherries is in Theophrastus [372-272
B.C.] "History of Plants", in which he indicated that cherries had been
cultivated for hundreds of years in Greece.
Michigan has over 35,000 acres of tart cherry trees and grows
almost 75% of the tart cherries produced in the United States. Traverse
City is called the Cherry Capital of the World.
That last cherry soothes a roughness of my palate. - Robert
Browning [1812-1889] English poet.
The German word Kirsch, the cherry liqueur, came from the word
karshu, the name given to the first cultivated cherries in Mesopotamia
in 8 BC.
At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on
cherry pie in Kansas, USA.
Eau Claire, Michigan, USA, is known as the Cherry Pit Spitting
Capital of the World.**
Although the fruit has always been popular for dessert and
culinary purposes, cherries were used during the fifteenth and sixteenth
centuries for their medicinal properties.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United
States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
** The Cherry Pit Spit began in 1974, when Herb Teichman, a Michigan
cherry farmer, was looking for "something to do" with cherry pits. Growing
from a neighbourhood get-together to an international competition, the
Cherry Pit Spit is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as an
A Funny Cherry Joke
Knowing that the Priest was very fond of cherry brandy, one of the church
elders offered to present him with a bottle on one consideration: that the
pastor acknowledge receipt of the gift in the church newspaper. "Gladly," responded the good man. When the church magazine came out a few days later, the elder turned at
once to the "appreciation" column. There he read, "The minister extends his thanks to Elder Lewis for his
gift of fruit and for the spirit in which it was given."
Little Jeremy lived in the countryside. They had to use an outdoor
lavatory, and Jeremy hated it because it was hot in the summer and cold in
the winter and smelt rather awful. The offending building was sitting on the
bank of a creek and Jeremy determined that one day he would push it into the
creek. One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen so Jez decided today
was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. So he got a large stick and
started pushing. Finally, the wooden structure toppled into the creek and
floated away. That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper.
Knowing that meant a spanking, Jeremy asked why. His dad replied, "Someone pushed the lavatory into the creek today. It
was you, wasn't it son?" Jeremy nodded - Yes Then he thought a moment and said, "Dad, I read in school today that
George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn't get into trouble
because he told the truth. His dad replied smartly, "Well, son, George Washington's father wasn't in
the cherry tree."
Paddy and Mick were walking past a wood yard when they spotted a notice
which read: "TREE FELLERS WANTED" "That's a shame" says Paddy,
"there's only two of us!"
A Poetic View Of Cherry Blossom
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow. A. E. Housman, Shropshire Lad, 1887
Hanazakari. Cherry Blossoms, cherry blossoms.
On mountains, in villages.
far as you can see.
They look like fog or clouds. They are fragrant in
the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms.
In full bloom. Cherry blossom time is the season of the year when the whole country of
Japan becomes imbued with the spirit of life and hope that is beyond the
comprehension of Occidental minds; here the cherry tree is regarded as a
principle of life whose snowy wand transforms the earth and gives new powers
to the heart which may be shared by all classes from the humblest to the