Almond trees are blossoming in Portugal now. It is a very nice to see at the end of January trees with flowers and colours reminding me snow.
The story behind is that many centruries ago a Portuguese king living in Algarve was married to a princess from Scandinavia and during February she was really looked sad. The king asked why she was so sad. "There is no snow in Portugal and I miss so much of snow." The kind could not let snow but could plant almond trees.
Since then for centuries Algarve and other parts of Portugal is covered in white flowers of almond tree. I would like to suggest to Portuguese instead of celebrating Valentine's Day they could start celebrating Love Blossom day during this period.