Spring flower festival in southern Israel - Israel Travel, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Beautiful South

Poppy anemones in southern Israel Photo: Roee Idan
Poppy anemones in southern Israel Photo: Roee Idan
 
 

Spring flower festival in southern Israel

Thousands flock to Negev region for nature’s show of green carpets, millions of red anemones

Sharon Schwartzman
Published: 04.17.13, 07:20 / Israel Travel

Thousands of people have flocked to southern Israel in recent weeks to marvel at the wondrous display of wild spring flowers.

 

After a particularly rainy winter, the Negev is now carpeted in green and is covered with millions of red anemones ("kalaniot" in Hebrew), growing on roadsides and in fields, forests and nature reserves.

 

Fancy Dress
Russian oligarchs reenact exodus in Arava desert / Ofer Petersburg
Group of Russian tycoons hike through Arava Desert before Seder, imitate ancient Hebrew lifestyle
Full story

The annual festival is known as Darom Adom ("red south"). While the name is a tribute to the bright red flowers, it is also a nod to the Color Red siren which indicates an incoming missile fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel's southern communities.

 

The festival was launched eight years ago, when the rocket fire was at its height, as a way of drawing visitors to the region and enabling them to show solidarity and support local businesses. It has since gone from strength to strength and has become a yearly tradition.

 

The program includes hikes and guided nature walks, farmers’ markets, workshops, craft markets and concerts.

 

This year’s festival took place just three months after Operation Pillar of Defense. While the operation significantly reduced the capacity of Hamas to fire rockets into Israel, the region has not been completely quiet.

 

Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life

 

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
1 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions