Celebrate Spring at the Canadian Tulip Festival

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Each year the Canadian Tulip Festival takes place in Ottawa. Let's take a closer look at what this event attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Each year, the Canadian Tulip Festival marks the return of spring by adorning Canada's national capital, Ottawa, with more than one million tulips. This festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. 

“THIS POPULAR SPRING CELEBRATION - THE LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD - INCLUDES OVER ONE MILLION BLOOMING TULIPS, AS WELL AS ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT ACROSS THE TULIPS TOWN. "

Source: Ottawa Tourism

Did you know that the tulip is used as a cultural symbol in different parts of the world? Here are some examples from Wikipedia:

  • a tulip is present in the flag of Iran;
  • the name “Tulip Revolution” marked Kyrgyzstan in 2005;
  • in the French republican calendar, the 4e day of the month of germinal, is officially called the day of the tulip;
  • the tulip is a Dutch cultural symbol;
  • the tulip is an ancient motif with a strong symbolic weight in Hungarian folklore and Magyar mythology.

Your challenge

From the information above, find out about one of them and explain its symbolism in popular culture. You can create a small infographic on Can go to describe, using text and images, the symbolism in question.


 

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Disciplines and levels targeted

– Science and technology (primary)

  • The organization of life:
    • plant anatomy (e.g. parts of the plant)

– History of the 20th century (secondary)

  • Crises and conflicts

Targeted dimensions of digital competence

  • Producing content with digital
  • Harnessing the potential of digital for learning
  • Developing and mobilizing information literacy
  • Developing critical thinking with regard to the use of digital technology

Suggested digital tools

  • eduMedia

Educational intention of the guide

The following activities will allow students to discover the origins of the Canadian Tulip Festival and to recognize the different parts of this plant.

Objectives of the activities

  • Find a source of information about the Canadian Tulip Festival;
  • Discover the origin of tulips in Canada's capital;
  • Identify the parts of the flower;
  • Observe images of the Canadian Tulip Festival on various social media.

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