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Doha, Qatar: Taking place for the first time at Lusail Boulevard, Darb Lusail Flower Festival attracted hundreds to its blossoming parade, echoing a“nostalgic” warmth of the area which has become a favourite destination since its debut ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Read Also
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The parade, named“Flowers float,” showcases a diversity of cultural costumes and monuments adorned with vibrant flowers. The floral theme takes a unique approach to displaying cultures through artistic expression of varying shapes and colours of flowers.
Emphasis on showcasing diversity was also a common theme at the 2022 World Cup. It can be recalled that with every new day and every new match, a different country was placed on the celebratory pedestal where football fans united to embrace its flag and cultural attire.
Most World Cup celebrations spilled out of stadiums to form parades at Lusail Boulevard. Football fans said attending Lusail Flower Festival brought them back to the diversity of Qatar 2022 six months ago.
“Being there made me feel nostalgic and brought back the excitement of celebrating different cultures at the World Cup,” said visitor Lana, recalling the contagious energy on Lusail Boulevard after the World Cup finale.“It was a time for people from different nations to come together, to adopt and learn about each other's cultures.” The festival fuelled the nostalgic energy by playing popular World Cup music, further transporting visitors back to the unforgettable month.
The flower float kicked off the cultural display by showcasing Qatar's rich culture, with men dressed in the pristine white long thobes holding onto their traditional swords, which represent the strength of their nation.
A display of China's culture followed, including a wagon carrying a Chinese temple adorned with vibrant green leaves and white doves, which represents a peaceful token in their culture.
African drums stole the show as the lively beat shifted attention to African performers wearing floral head garments in green, red and orange, which are shared by many flags in Africa.
This crowd-pulling festival will also take place today, May 27, from 7pm to 11pm.
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