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TULIP TIME

HANDE KURT

In April the annual International Istanbul Tulip Festival (Istanbul Lale Festivali) takes place. Tulips have been planted in Istanbul"s parks, avenues, traffic roundabouts etc. During the month of April, you can spot these glorious spring flowers everywhere in Istanbul. But for a real tulip treat and the International Istanbul Tulip Festival, you have to head to Emirgan Park.A celebration of spring awakening through colour, culture and community ...

The scent of nature"s first blooms surrounds you as the city awakens and reminds you of its true beauty. As you pass by the extraordinary flower beds, you see the beauty within each individual tulip. This is a true visual experience.Tulip routes will allow visitors to view spectacular multi-colored tulip beds.
       Tulips are symbolic of fame and perfect love. The symbolic meanings also change with   thecolor of the tulips. Red tulips mean "believe me" and are a declaration of true love. Variegated tulips mean "you have beautiful eyes." Yellow tulips mean "there's sunshine in your smile" and cheerful thoughts. Cream colored tulips mean "I will love you forever." White tulips symbolize heaven, newness and purity. Purple tulips symbolize royalty. Pink tulips mean affection and caring. Orange tulips mean energy, enthusiasm, desire, and passion.        

According to the tale of the tulip ,a sturdy Persian youth named Farhad, a prince some say, was deeply in love with the fair maid Shirin. One day, word reached him (false word as it tragically turned out) that his beloved had been killed. Gripped by unbearable grief, he mounted his favorite horse and galloped over a cliff to his death. From his numerous wounds droplets of blood trickled onto the ground. From each drop of blood a scarlet tulip sprang, a symbol of his perfect love. So it was that in ancient Persia the red tulip became a symbol of passionate love. The Turks of the Ottoman Empire were the first culture to celebrate the beauty of the tulip and to begin to cultivate and hybridize the flower. The tulip remains the national flower of modern Turkey.In long-ago times, tulips were symbols of wealth and power. The sultans held great tulip festivals, with multi-colored lanterns, exotic birds and lavish arrangements of exquisite tulips decorating the their royal courtyards.

Istanbul Tulip Festival took place here from 1st to 30th of April, attracting thousands of tourists from all around world.

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