James Montgomery have said,
“The tulip’s petals shine in dew,
All beautiful, but none alike.”
Netherlands is widely known for tulips. Have a stroll down Amsterdam between 27th and 28th April and admire the inimitable beauty of tulips.
Tulips originated in Turkey but the Dutch have a diehard fascination for tulips. But since the 17th century the people of Netherlands are known for their tulip mania.
Tulip cultivation is also a valuable source of income for Netherlands. During April/May tulips bloom for one week.
In 1927 Tulip Time was introduced for the very first time at a Woman’s literary club gathering, a biology teacher Miss Lida Rogers of Holland High School forwarded the idea of celebrating tulips and adopted the festival of tulip.
Miss Rogers talked at length about the significance f planting trees and cultivating flowers. She concluded the meeting by reciting a poem, “Come Down to Holland in Tulip Time.”
‘In 1928, City Council, under Mayor Ernest C. Brooks, appropriated funds to purchase 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands. These bulbs were to be planted in city parks and other areas. Initial plans called for a “Tulip Day.” Bulbs were available to Holland residents at one cent a piece.’
During World War II, the celebration of tulip festival was halted.
In 1947 celebration of Tulip Time was restarted at the occasion of Holland centennial.
Tulip Festival continued to be celebrated in the same previous pattern. The festival showcased an amalgam of cultures and every year the number of crowd increased.
1976 turned out to be a red letter day in the history of Holland as the nation gained enormous publicity via its tableau (a big basket of tulips hanging in between two windmills) in the Rose Parades tournament.
Tulip Festival represents the Dutch culture and heritage.