Photo Credit: Nati Shohat / Flash 90
Dvira Forest, in southern Israel

The Darom Adom “Scarlet South” regional flower and music festival that takes place every year opened this Friday to the joy of thousands who were concerned it might not happen due to the raging fires that tore across the forest and fields due to Gaza arson terror attacks last year.

The heavy rains that Israel has enjoyed so far this winter season, however, has been especially generous to the scorched earth of the south, badly scarred as it was from last year’s flames.

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The drenched fields drank in the much-needed moisture and from deep in the earth, the flowers remembered when it was time to emerge – and right on schedule, carpets of beautiful red anemones, called “kalaniot” in Hebrew, are now beginning to flow over the Negev hills and fields in Israel.

The four-week celebration brings tens of thousands of nature lovers each year to the region from all over the country, especially on the weekends.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.