The International Flower Festival has kicked off in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, according to the local media, Anadolu News Agency reports.
The opening of the 12th edition of the Festival was held in Baghdad's Al-Zawraa Park, the state news agency, INA, said on Thursday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Baghdad Mayor, Ammar Musa, said the Festival has been annually organised by Baghdad Municipality since 2009.
"Our beloved capital, Baghdad, used to pay attention, years ago, to flowers, with its beautiful and magical world. It has become imperative to hold local and international festivals and exhibitions. We are also keen to participate in similar flower festivals in a number of countries where such spring and autumn weddings are held," Musa said.
The Mayor also stressed the significance of spreading "the culture of beauty, given that flowers represent a humanitarian message that transcends continents."
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