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Tulips in Amsterdam: Growers hand out free flowers | WGN Radio 720

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On the day when stores in Amsterdam and the Netherlands were carefully reopened after several weeks of the coronavirus blockade, the mood of the Dutch capital was colored in the form of a bunch of thousands of free tulips handed out by producers from boats. The dash made it even brighter. Canals in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Saturday, January 15, 2022. (AP Photo / Peter Dejong)

Amsterdam (AP) — A few weeks after the coronavirus blockade, stores throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands were carefully reopened, and the mood of the Dutch capital was struck by color dashes from thousands of free tulip tulips. It became brighter on Saturday.

National Tulip Day is usually characterized by an improvised flower garden in front of the Royal Palace on the central dam square of the capital. However, as the pandemic blockade continues to limit large rallies, organizers distributed flowers to Amsterdam’s World Heritage-listed canals this year.

The event is held annually to celebrate the beginning of the growing season of the iconic flowers, a major export of Dutch farmers.

“It’s a pessimistic and uncertain time for many who continue to have a pandemic,” said Arjan Smit, chairman of Tulip Promotion Netherlands, an association of hundreds of Dutch growers. “So we will provide some joy. We would like to hand out a tulip bouquet and make a lot of happy faces.”

Royal Flora Holland, a Dutch flower and plant auctioneer, recorded record sales of € 5.6 billion ($ 6.4 billion) in 2021 thanks to rising prices for plants and cut flowers.

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