Today is St Barbara’s Day. According to legend, if you cut a twig from a cherry tree and it blooms on or before Christmas Day then good luck will come to the person who cut it. If it blooms on December 25th precisely then this is regarded as a particularly good sign for the future.

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Picture: sakura green vase by kaishin | dash of food, on Flickr

Its Hanami time in Japan again…

Time for picnicks under the Cherry Blossom, we’d love to see your Cherry Blossom pictures on our facebook page wherever you are in the world…

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Picture originally posted by myheartisinjapan:

Sakura square by Eye-dyll on Flickr.

Snap off a cherry twig and call it Babs. If it blooms before Christmas you’re in for good luck!

Traditionally in the Germanic countries of Europe a Barbarazweig (or Barbara branch) is cut from a cherry tree and placed in water in a warm room. According to legend, if the twig blooms on or before Christmas Day then good luck will come to the person who cut it. If it blooms on December 25th precisely then this is regarded as a particularly good sign for the future./p>

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Picture: Sakura green vase by kaishin | dash of food, on Flickr

Hanami Cup Cakes on Flickr.

Cherry blossom cup cakes! More Hanami ideas

(via The best of japan’s Photos - Hanami ❀)

Beautiful Hanami (cherry blossom picnic) shots from The best of Japan on facebook