After the bleakness of winter, seeing the first flowers popping their heads out of the ground is always a delight. But there is nothing quite like seeing the bare branches of trees burst into bloom, bending under a heavy load of pretty flowers. And if they are fluffy and pink, even better.
Cherry blossom season, usually between the end of March and the first week of April, is a special occasion around the world, made even more special by its short duration.
Here are some of the best images around the globe of cherry blossoms.
A woman poses for photos during the cherry blossom bloom in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images
A woman wearing a wedding dress poses for photos with cherry blossom trees during the cherry blossom bloom in Tokyo, Japan. On March 14, the Japan Meteorological Corporation declared the arrival of this year's cherry blossom season after spotting five blooms on its sample tree in Tokyo, recording two years in a row the earliest date since records began in 1953. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images
Visitors wearing protective face masks admire blooming cherry blossoms amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, at Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters
Kimono-clad women wearing protective face masks take selfie photos among blooming cherry blossoms amid the coronavirus panemic, at Ueno Park in Tokyo. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters
A woman holds a dog and takes photos under cherry blossom trees at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. Tourists come to view cherry blossoms at the university during the spring. Last year Wuhan University did not receive guests due to the pandemic lockdown. Currently the limit is 10,000 tourists a day. Photograph: Getty Images
A person photographs cherry blossoms in St James's Park, London, Britain. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters
A woman photographs Cherry Blossom trees trees in Battersea Park in London, Britain. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters
People sit in the Mon-Repos park among blooming cherry blossoms amid the coronavirus disease in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Bengaluru-based food writer Monika Manchanda shared images of Cherry blossoms blooming in Bengaluru and isn't it a pretty sight!Photograph: monikamanchanda/Instagram
Twitter was also home to pictures from passionate Bengaluru residents who are more than delighted by the 'pink-season.'. Photograph: @Rohankumxr/Twitter