It is interesting that tulips are not the most beautiful aspect of this event but it is the history of the festival itself. The festival dates back to 1946 when Princess Juliana of the Netherlands sent 20,500 bulbs to Ottawa to show her gratitude to Canada for their generosity toward Dutch royal family during the Second World War. She gave birth to her daughter, Princess Margriet, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1943. In order for the new born baby to have exclusively Dutch nationality, she had to be born on Dutch territory. Therefore, Canadian government at that time declared that the maternity room at the Ottawa Civic Hospital to be officially a temporary part of the Netherlands. This tulip festival symbolizes the International Friendship among the two nations annually.
Someone asked me if I think such a generosity from Canadian would happen today. I believe it would. I found Canadians (most Canadians) genuine and peaceful people. There is no doubt in my mind that they always avoid confrontation and harm. There is nothing more valuable than respecting others values.