Every year around this time you'll see people with red eyes and noses, not cuz they have a cold or they saw a sad movie, it's cuz there's pine pollen in the air and a good chunk of city folk've (and also some in rural communities) succumbed to allergies. Some people go as far as getting laser surgery before the allergy season starts so they won't have to carry boxes of tissues with them.
Apparently, the plan build the forests back up after the big war ended up with having an unpleasant side affect for the citizens of this isle. Springtime, when you're supposed to say good-bye to cold weather, welcome the warm weather, sunshine, flora and fauna, breathe in the fresh air and feel good, now is a season that's dreaded by the Sneezies.
BUT, hell if these peeps are letting allergies put a damper in their partying! LOL By the end of this month or early next month, you'll see party-goers sitting under the cherry blossom trees eating, drinking, singing (as well as sneezing), having a great ol' time.
So far, I've been spared . . . knock on wood. LOL