Anticipating peak bloom of cherry blossoms

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Folks gathered around the Tidal Basin for the annual Japanese Stone Lantern Ceremony.

The lighting of the stone lantern marked the 101st anniversary of the gift of the Cherry Blossom Trees in D.C.

Japan gave the lantern to Washington D.C. as a gift back in 1954. It symbolizes the friendship between the two countries.

Visitors also came to see the cherry trees.

David Cleveland said, "something as beautiful as the flowers are the smiles on the people. We have grandmothers and 3-year-olds and everyone in between. Everyone is in a very good mood I think."

The beautiful weather had a lot to do with it after this long winter. Sunday was picture perfect.

I think it's a wonderful time for me because every year people are waiting for the really peak time but you rely on the weather if the weather is bad then you won't really get to see it the prettiest. I feel really great to see it this weekend," Khim Mercho said.

Some trees are in bloom and others are not. We are right on the cusp. In two to three days the Tidal Basin will be full of color.

"Any flowers make me happy all the time especially cherry blossom over 3000 the cherry tree is awesome and wonderful to see every year, once a year," Mercho said.


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