The annual Spring Festival 2014 finally took place at Jilani Park in Lahore from March 4 to 23, with the festivities costing the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Rs 30 million.
After Basant, the hugely popular kite-flying festival, had been banned by the government for the reason of the fatalities coming from the glass-coated strings attached to kites, the Spring Festival was all that was left to provide cheer for the people of Lahore in 2014.
The Spring Festival 2014 then opened with a colourful ceremony featuring performances by 16 army bands and folk dancers from all over the Punjab province. Adding to the excitement were fireworks, acrobatics and stalls of artisans at work, along with traditional food stalls and there were different shows presented free of cost and number of noted singers performing on different days for the pleasure of those attending. Beautiful gates were erected over all the popular roads of Lahore leading to Jilani Park to add to the flavour.
The 2014 Spring Festival ended up with parade on March 23, the Pakistan Resolution Day, but there was no sign of the beautiful flowers that are traditional to the Spring Festival. To rectify the glaring error, a flower show and competition, to be held between March 23 and 31, was added to the earlier announced agenda.
Annual Spring Flowers Show-2014 schedule
*Opening of the Flower Show: 29 March 2014 at 4:00PM
*Cut Flower Display – 29.3.14 10:00am to 12:00pm
*Prize Distribution – 31 March 2014 at 4:00 PM