Did you know that a Spring Festival is held in Jerusalem? And that Thailand celebrates its traditional New Year with a water Festival? Find out everything about the Spring festivals worth visiting right now in a very busy season.
Cherry blossoming in Japan
Cherry trees (that are called sakura in Japanese) blossom is called Hanami (“flower viewing”) in Japan and it is a very serious matter: all the Country organizes around it – as Japanese people are very devote to nature – and there is even a website keeping track of the timing for each area of the Country so to gather in time in Parks to watch the trees. This period goes from the end of March to early May and from the first of February in the Okinawa Island.
Holi Festival in India
Also known as festival of colors, the Holi Festival is celebrated in India and Nepal and starts on 17th March: the Spring festival starts with the Holika bonfire on the night before Holi. The next morning people chase and color each other with dry powder and coloured water in parks and streets.
The Israel Arts Festival
The Israel Festival is a multidisciplinary arts festival held every spring in Jerusalem. It started in 1961 as a summer festival for classical music held in the ancient Roman theatre of Caesarea. Throughout the years it then included also ballet, jazz, theater, visual arts, lectures… It is usually held in May.
Water Festival in Thailand
The Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand´s traditional New Year and water is thrown upon others in order to wash away the past and the bad luck. The biggest celebrations happens on Khaosan road, in Bangkok, from 13 to 15 April, although all the Country celebrates. Chalk and water is also used as monks often use it to mark blessings.
Spring International Music Festival in Prague
The Prague Spring International Music Festival is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world. The festival commemorates important musical anniversaries by including works by the composers concerned on its programs, and presents Czech as well as world premieres of compositions by contemporary authors. Artists and orchestras of the highest quality are invited to perform here. It starts on March 24th and goes on until early June.
Cherry Blossoming in Vancouver
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is an annual spring festival held in Vancover, British Columbia to celebrate the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees. The festival’s fundamental objectives includes public education through seasonal, cherry-themed, city-wide viewing programs, musical performances, fine art and craft exhibitions. It enables Vancouverties and those in surrounding areas to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms.
Water Festival in China
In the Yunnan province the Dai ethnic group which is one of the 55 ethnic minorities in China celebrates spring with a water festival on April 13th and the celebration takes about 3 -7 days. On the first day people race dragon boats and light up fireworks: by doing so they hope to have good luck in the next years. The next day, Dai people get together to dance, and pour water on others to bring them happiness in the next years. On the last day young generations will get together to exchange their gifts and date their mates. The festival attracts thousands of tourists every year from all over China.
Las Fallas and the Holy Week in Spain
The well-known Fallas are a five-day extravaganza linked to a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in Valencia. This year Las Fallas will start on March 15 through the 19 with fireworks, feasts, and parades. Also the Semana Santa (holy week) in Saragoza is an important celebration in Spain held from April 12 to April 19: the religious celebration counts a 700 history and has been declared of Touristic interest.
Kha b´Nisan Assyrian in Western Asia
The Assyrian diaspora celebrates its New Year (also the spring festival) by parades, dances, parties and poetry recitals on April 1. Some Assyrians wear traditional costume and dance in parks for hours. It is celebrated in Iraq (one of the largest Assyrian New Year celebration took place here in 2008), Turkey, Syria. Because of the diaspora, the day is celebrated also in Europe, United States and Canada with food, music and dance.
Spring Equinox in Mexico
The Spring Equinox in Mexico is celebrated around March 20 at the Maya ruins of Chichén Itzàand celebrates Spring, abundance, fertility, and rebirth. In Teotihuacan – near Mexico City – visitors wear white clothes and climb the top of the Pyramid of the Sun where they perform rituals and stretch out their arms to receive the special energy they believe is present on that day.