The best events worldwide in Spring
It’s that time of year when winter is finally starting to become a distant memory and spring is starting to peek out of the gloom providing that ray of hope and reassurance that summer will soon be with us. For this special event, all around the world, people celebrate with unique festivals and traditions, that one can only describe as supremely unique.
Here are the ones that you shouldn’t miss.
1. Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, The Netherlands
One of the biggest events in South Holland, the Flower Parade, known for its abundance number of beautiful flowers and hosts a 12-hour long parade that travels 24m miles (40km) from Noordwijk to Haarlem. This is the only parade in the world constructed solely from the bulb flowers of Hyacinths, Daffodils and Tulips, which hundreds of thousands of people line the streets to watch. Take a visit to The Netherlands to admire the brightly colourful, decorative and fragrant floats that march every April
2. Las Fallas, Spain
Celebrating St. Joseph, it revolves around giant paper machè puppets called ‘Fallas’ which are made out of a combination of paper, wood and wax. These are then paraded through each neighbourhood and are gigantic in size, towering around the city. It officially starts on the 1st March with a thunderous firework display (rivalling USA’s 4th of July) kick starting the festivities. The streets are filled with music, decorations, firecrackers and local residents in traditional costumes and copious amounts of paella being cooked in every home and restaurant. At the peak of the final day, a massive bonfire roars to life and the ‘Fallas’ are set alight in magnificent infernos of grandeur.
3. Holi, India
One of the most famously celebrated festivals due to social media, the colourful Holi tradition is a celebration of the victory of good over bad. Originating from Hindu tradition, this has become one of the most popular cultural experiences in the world, mostly due to having brightly coloured powder thrown at you and creating a vibrant experience. The carefree partying unites everyone involved and offers a chance to forget past hardships and issues.
4. Lantern Festival, New Zealand
Drawing in huge crowds (up to 200,000), Auckland’s largest cultural celebration runs from the 2nd to the 4th March to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year it is the Year of the Dog, which are the 11th and 12th zodiac signs, considered to be the most loyal, friendly and faithful. Hundreds of lanterns will light up the Domain, with a special light show over the Harbour Bridge and many craft demonstrations from international performers.
5. Songkran, Thailand
One of Thailand’s most famous festivals and often sought after by most travellers to experience is Songkran, meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’. This is a very important event (in April) on the Buddhist calendar as it marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year that is celebrated as a water festival. Events during the festival include water throwing, the ritual bathing of Buddha images, processions and performances. You won’t be able to walk anywhere without someone squirting you with a water pistol or throwing the entire contents of a bucket over you. Fun for all!
6. Medieval Mdina, Malta
This extraordinarily well preserved historical bastion city, hosts this Medieval festival in April every year and takes the residents right back to the Middle Ages. Not only do they get to partake some impressive time travel but they encourage visitors to dabble in a spot of good-humoured fun and experience the impressive days of the knighthood. In addition, traditional, local music floats down the streets and flowers adorn every available space spreading the wonderful feeling of spring.
7. Spring Break, USA
Captured in countless movies such as 22nd Jump Street and Dirty Grampa, Spring Break is one of the most anticipated (other than the Super Bowl) events of the year in the USA. With thousands of students heading to Cancun, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta or Cabo with their friends for the most excitement-filled week of the academic calendar. Kicking off in late February to sometime in April, it ensures for some alcohol fuelled partying, DJ’s, drinking competitions and outrageous antics!
8. Spring Equinox, Teotihuacán
Thousands of people gather every year on the 20th & 21st of March at this enormous, pre-Hispanic archaeological site, which is roughly 30 miles’ northeast of Mexico City, to celebrate the spring equinox. To celebrate the participants, climb the 360 steps to the top of Pyramid of the Sun, the largest structure in the area, to get closer to portals of energy.
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