Celebrating the Harvest of Cherries. Giresun Province. Turkey 2011© Nora de Angelli / www.noraphotos.com
Ancient Roman historian Pliny the Elder mentioned that the cherry tree was taken by the Roman General Lucius Licinius Lucullus when the defeated the Mithridates VI, King of Pontus, around 70 B.C. in ancient Cerasus or Cerasion (meaning city of cherry), which is now province of Giresun in Turkey. The English word cherry is derived from the name of this city and the city was famous in ancient times for its cherry trees. And also, in ancient times, the festival for cherry was organized annually. It is celebrated by the whole village, by cooking hundred of kilogrammes of rice and meat, by prayers, hospitality and joy.