When spring arrives in the Negev desert, a natural wonder takes place, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
During the rest of the year, the Western Negev looks brown and dead. Sometime in January or February, the desert landscape explodes into a carpet of red. Kalaniyot (in English, Anemonies) grow all over Israel in shades of red and white, but in the Negev, the flowers, which closely resemble poppies, are only red.
Israelis and tourists alike love to go down to the south this time of year for picnics, or just to wander through the scarlet fields to enjoy the quiet and the ideal weather. What could be a better way to welcome spring than a family nature walk?
Eight years ago, the local council launched the now-annual Darom Adom (Red South) Festival. The festival usually draws 300,000 visitors per month, and a sunny weekend a few weeks back drew 100,000 tourists over two days. The tourism helps the local economy, which normally struggles financially.
The Darom Adom Festival, which some call “too popular” has something for everyone. There’s live music, an ethnic food market, walking and cycling tours, children’s plays, shopping, opportunities to visit wineries and kibbutzim, and the list goes on.
Isaiah prophecies about the land of Israel (Isaiah 35): “The desert will bloom like a rose.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910) visited Israel in 1867, and described the land as “rocky and bare, repulsive and dreary”, “hardly a tree or shrub anywhere”, “a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land…”
Since that time, the Jewish people have populated the land and now we see prophecy being fulfilled in every corner of the country! You can be a part of the fulfillment of prophecy. Click here to plant a tree in Israel.