Colors of summer at Plumeria Show and Sale!

The Southern California Plumeria Society’s 20th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival took place this weekend in Balboa Park!

The festival’s popular flower show and plant sale attracted a huge crowd to the Casa del Prado and its outdoor courtyard. There were many plumeria plants to choose from, plus friendly advice from experts on how to grow them in our soil and climate. Not to mention colorful artwork to purchase, and food and entertainment!

I walked through the event today and took some photos…

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Midsummer celebration at House of Sweden!

During my Sunday walk through Balboa Park, I found myself enjoying the House of Sweden’s lawn program. Summer began several days ago, so they were having a midsummer celebration. Complete with a flower bedecked maypole!

Anticipating the afternoon’s entertainment, a large crowd had gathered on the grass at the center of the International Cottages.

Ladies in folk costume paraded with flags onto the stage and sang the American and Swedish national anthems. Followed by more songs. Different regional dresses were then showcased and explained. Then more music. A group took the stage to perform the popular music of ABBA.

On the patio of the House of Sweden’s cottage, all sorts of crafts, flowers and colorful works of art were on display. Inside the cottage pastries and other treats awaited.

I wandered about, took a few photos.

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A green St. Patrick’s Day in Balboa Park!

Ladies from the House of Ireland prepare for the St. Patrick's Day afternoon lawn program . . . with a smile!
Ladies from the House of Ireland prepare for the St. Patrick’s Day afternoon lawn program in Balboa Park . . . with a smile!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day!

Late this morning I began my walk through Balboa Park. My mission: to have fun photographing anything Irish or green!

What did my camera find?

Some traditional Irish food was already being served at the House of Ireland at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
In the late morning, traditional Irish food was already being served by the House of Ireland at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.
Over at the lawn bowling green, I saw many shirts of green!
Over at the lawn bowling green, I saw many shirts of green!
And I spotted another Irish t-shirt down at the archery range below the Cabrillo Bridge.
And I spotted another Irish t-shirt down at the archery range below the Cabrillo Bridge.
It seems people are wearing green for St. Patrick's Day all over Balboa Park!
It seems people are wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day all over Balboa Park!
It being St. Patrick's Day, Prado Perk has to serve Irish Tea Au Lait, of course!
Just for St. Patrick’s Day, Prado Perk was serving Irish Tea Au Lait!
And look what I found at Cafe in the Park inside the Casa de Balboa! Shamrock cookies!
And look what I found at Cafe in the Park, inside the Casa de Balboa! Shamrock cookies!
Someone is wearing green beads near the door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center!
Someone is wearing green beads near the door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center!
And look at all the green inside Studio 19, home of friendly glass artists!
And look at all the green inside Studio 19, home of super friendly glass artists!
I found lots of beautiful green in the Casa del Prado at the Spring Flower Show, presented by Ikebana International's San Diego Chapter.
I found lots of beautiful green in the Casa del Prado at the Spring Flower Show, presented by Ikebana International’s San Diego Chapter.
Beautiful green leaves.
Beautiful green leaves.
Of course, you can always find a lot of greenery inside Balboa Park's Botanical Building!
Of course, you can always find a lot of greenery inside Balboa Park’s Botanical Building!
I noticed some of the Super Sonic Samba School drummers were wearing green out on the grass by the WorldBeat Cultural Center.
I noticed some of the Super Sonic Samba School drummers were wearing green out on the grass by the WorldBeat Cultural Center.
Who needs to be Irish? Some people wore green just to join in the fun!
Who needs to be Irish? Some people wore green just to join in the fun!
Sprightly traditional Irish music could be enjoyed inside the House of Ireland during St. Patrick's Day in Balboa Park!
Sprightly traditional Irish music could be enjoyed inside the House of Ireland’s cottage during St. Patrick’s Day in Balboa Park!

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More photos of the Chinese New Year Festival!

Today I enjoyed spending some time at the Chinese New Year Festival in Balboa Park. I’ve already posted a few colorful photographs here.

Here come even more photos!

This annual festival celebrating the Lunar New Year is hosted by the House of China at the International Cottages. Food, dance and joyful cultural entertainment are abundant.

Yes, my House of Bao steamed bun was super delicious!

If you chuckle at the final photo, keep in mind that 2019 is the Year of the Pig!

The friendly people at this table sell fantastic pop-up greeting cards. Check out the next photo! I promised to link to their website!

A crowd gathers at the International Cottages outdoor stage as the afternoon’s entertainment is about to begin…

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A colorful celebration of Hungary’s culture!

Hungarian folk dance on stage at the House of Hungary lawn program in Balboa Park.
Hungarian folk dance on stage at the House of Hungary lawn program in Balboa Park.

This afternoon I caught a bit of the House of Hungary’s lawn program at the International Cottages in Balboa Park.

While I didn’t sample any of the Hungarian food (having previously eaten a big lunch), I did feast my eyes and ears on Hungarian culture, including traditional music, singing, dance, costume, and even a short but fascinating talk about fashion, for which Hungary is historically famous.

This annual celebration takes place on or about August 20, a national holiday in Hungary that memorializes the first King of Hungary, King Stephen I. Stephen was canonized by the Catholic Church, and his feast day is celebrated on the same day.

The Karpatok Hungarian Dance Ensemble entertains the audience with a traditional bottle dance.
The Kárpátok Hungarian Dance Ensemble entertains the audience with a traditional bottle dance.
The proud flag of Hungary could be spotted here and there in the crowd.
The proud flag of Hungary could be spotted here and there in the crowd.
A fashion designer and beauty queens await their turn on stage as a young man sings a Hungarian folk song.
A fashion designer and beauty queens await their turn on stage as a young man sings a Hungarian folk song.
Hungarian food at the program included sausage sandwiches, crepes (palacsinta), fried dough (lángos) and authentic Hungarian pastries.
Hungarian food at the program included sausage sandwiches, crepes (palacsinta), fried dough (lángos) and authentic Hungarian pastries.
People enjoyed eating sweet Kürtőskalács, which is also known as chimney cake.
People enjoyed eating sweet Kürtőskalács, which is also referred to as chimney cake.
San Diego Continuing Education fashion instructor Tammie Pontsler talks about an award-winning dress she made for the Salk design challenge.
San Diego Continuing Education fashion instructor Tammie Pontsler talks about an award-winning dress she made for the Salk design challenge.
Violinist from the Lux Ensemble entertains everybody with happy Hungarian music.
Violinist from the Lux Ensemble entertains everybody with happy Hungarian music.
The culture of Hungary is celebrated in Balboa Park at the International Cottages!
The culture of Hungary is celebrated in Balboa Park at the International Cottages!

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San Diego Iris Society blooms in Balboa Park!

I’m no expert when it comes to flowers, but I definitely enjoy drinking in their beauty.

I spent several minutes yesterday inside the Casa del Prado, walking slowly past tables full of exquisite irises. The San Diego Iris Society is having their Annual Spring Show and Iris Sale this weekend in Balboa Park. The event continues today.

The people I met in the society were all very nice. If you grow irises in San Diego, it would be fun to become a member!

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International Children’s Day in Balboa Park.

Youth in Mexican costume file across the stage. Children from many nations participated in today's event at the International Cottages.
Youth in Mexican costume file across the stage. Children from many nations participated in today’s event at the International Cottages.

International Children’s Day was celebrated this afternoon at the International Cottages in Balboa Park. The event was hosted by the House of Turkey, the nation that inspired this special day. Kids representing many nations took part.

Prior to a series of youthful performances, I learned during the introductory speech that every year on April 23 Turkey celebrates Children’s Day, a holiday created by modern Turkey’s founder Atatürk. He recognized that children would inherit that newly independent nation’s future. As a reminder, during Children’s Day the Turkish President, Prime Minister, cabinet ministers and provincial governors all turn over their positions to children for that one day.

As this day has become more international, UNICEF now recognizes International Children’s Day.

Guys fill balloons prior to the start of a cultural event hosted in Balboa Park by the House of Turkey.
Guys fill balloons prior to the start of a cultural event hosted in Balboa Park by the House of Turkey.
Getting Turkish food ready, including tasty tantuni.
Getting Turkish food ready, including tasty tantuni.
Lots of smiles as hungry people start to line up.
Lots of smiles as hungry people start to line up.
Kids cross the lawn, almost ready to perform on stage.
Kids cross the lawn, almost ready to perform on stage.
Young performers in Turkish costume on stage during the House of Turkey's lawn program, celebrating International Children's Day.
Young performers in Turkish costume on stage during the House of Turkey’s lawn program, celebrating International Children’s Day.
A clown in the audience provided innocent laughs!
A clown in the audience provided innocent laughs!

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