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Festival of Cherry Blossoms celebrated in Fairmount Park

The traditional Japanese flowering tree and Japanese heritage were celebrated at the Sakura Festival this weekend.

Despite wind and chilly weather, the celebration of Spring continued during Sakura Sunday at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Fairmount Park. 

The week-long event takes place amongst the blossoming cherry trees in Fairmount Park.

Throughout the week, attendees could partake in sushi-making classes, learn paper marbling or watch tea demonstrations and drum performances.

The finale of the festival, Sakura Sunday, featured Japanese dance and drum performances, vendors, food, traditional Japanese games, origami-making and more.

The festival first got started in 1998 in honor of the 1,600 cherry trees donated to Philadelphia from the Japanese government in 1926, part of the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of American Independence.