Tulip festival in Ottawa, May 2008
The Canadian Tulip Festival is held in Ottawa annually. Basically, the story is
that during the World War II, when the Netherlands was occupied by Nazis, the
Dutch princess stayed in Canada. During her stay, she gave birth to a daughter.
To make sure that her newborn daughter would have Dutch citizenship, the Canadian
Parliament proclaimed the hospital room where she was about to give birth a
Dutch territory (or, according to other sources, a neutral territory). In
gratitude, the princess gave thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa after the war.
Read more here. My friend Dmitry Makhov was visiting Ottawa during the 2008
festival, and you can see him in some of the pictures.