Maria Belova will represent Embassy of Russia at Cherry Blossom Princess Program

February 21, 2012 - 19:01


Russian Princess Maria Belova will represent Embassy of Russia at Cherry Blossom Princess Program at 100th Anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival from April 7 till April 14, 2012.
Maria is a 2009 graduate of Tuscarora High School in Maryland, and currently attends Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is a junior, majoring in supply chain management. Maria grew up in Russian and moved to United States with her family when she was 15. During high school Maria volunteered helping Russian kids to adapt to new culture. Maria is involved in the business society on campus and she enjoys snowboard, ceramics and Japanese origami.
This tradition began to commemorate the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki to the city of Washington, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.
Since 1948, it drew more than three thousand young women, including daughters of presidents, congressmen, senators, ministers, diplomats and other dignitaries.
Prior to the beginning of the festival young ladies (Princesses) from each US state and US territories have been selected for their academic successes and achievements, extraordinary talents, their contribution to public and their interest to world politics. After they started to invite representatives from other countries — foreign princesses. It helps to make better communications between the different countries, sharing their culture and history. In the end of Festival one of princesses becomes the U. S. Cherry Blossom Queen (except International representatives).
The Embassy of Japan plays a key role in celebrating and their Queen (Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen) represents them.
All princesses participate in a number of official actions of the festival such as the Lantern Lighting Ceremony, Princess Luncheon, Congressional Reception, Grand Ball, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, where their representatives carry a flag of their state or country.
Schedule of some Events of Cherry Blossom Princess Program you can attend here:
Tickets Cherry Blossom Princess Program available for purchase at:
In 2010-11, two of our representatives, Kristina Bourdugova and Elizaveta Agladze representing Russia at the festival made their best. For more information about their participation in the program.
We invite you for our mutual cooperation
and please send us information about potential candidates for the next year.
If you would like to support this project and donate (tax deductable), to provide souvenirs for gift exchanging program between princesses, to get a pass to the Russian Dinner with the Cherry Blossom Princesses or to became volunteer please contact:
Russian Cherry Blossom Princess Committee:
Svetlana Sokolova, Chair, President of The American Association of Russian Language, Culture and Education (AARCE)
e-mail: 372-3343     
Luda Clark, Project Сoordinator, e-mail:, cell: (202) 379-6327
Russian Cherry Blossom Princess group on Facebook:
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