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Early each spring Washington, DC celebrates the end of another winter with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. From Princesses to parades and sometimes fickle weather, focus is on the 3,000 cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin, a gift from the city of Tokyo. During the 3 week festival from March to April, the city is lively with cultural events and art exhibits.
If you missed the Cherry Blossoms, not to worry! Two additional highlights of spring in Washington occur in May: Passport DC and the EU Embassy Open Houses. The former includes open houses by the Caribbean, African and other non-European Embassies. For two years running, the Dominican Republic’s Embassy has been one of the biggest draws with lively meringue and salsa rhythms filling the afternoon. The Cote d’Ivoire and Japanese Embassies also had long lines waiting to tour their embassies.
The EU open houses are in some ways less lively but like Passport DC, provide a weekend’s “travel” to diverse nations from the Balkans to the Baltics. Within 1.5 blocks you can see an Irish Jig and then be serenaded by Bulgarian singers in native dress.
If you don’t relish touring the US Nation’s Capital in steamy summer weather, make advance plans for next spring. You won’t be disappointed!