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Spring festivals around the world

Celebrate the arrival of the new season with a few of these quirky festivals from around the globe.

Spring is well and truly in the air, and the longer days and lighter nights are certainly breathing fresh life into all of us. Here we take a look at a few of the world’s most exciting and enticing celebrations of the new season.

Songkran festival - Thailand

Songkran festival - Thailand

13th April

If you’re a lover of water fights and good old fashioned fun, you’ll love Songkran! A three day festival to celebrate the Thai new year, this time was traditionally about cleaning out and starting the new year afresh.

These days, barrels of water line the streets and everyone is armed with water balloons and water guns to playfully attack with! Whether you’re a friend or stranger, there’s no escape from the water wars on the streets of Thailand!

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Las Fallas - Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas - Valencia, Spain

19th March

Starting life as a traditional festival but now as anticipated as America’s Fourth of July, Las Fallas celebrates St Joseph and giant paper mache puppets are paraded through the streets.

Each neighbourhood spends months creating their puppet, often satires of political or social events from the time. With music, dancing, food and street merriment, Las Fallas is fun for all the family.

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Spring equinox - Mexico

Spring equinox - Mexico

20th March

At the Spring equinox, the sun falls directly over the equator, meaning that for this day only, everywhere on the planet has exactly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. One of the world’s best places to celebrate this feat is at the pre-Hispanic archaeological site of Teotihuacan.

Here, revellers climb the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun, which is traditionally believed to give them the special energy of the equinox.

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Cherry blossom season - Japan

Cherry blossom season - Japan

Across April

The arrival of the cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan is symbolic of the new season and a new lease of life. No one quite knows when those pesky blossoms will decide to appear, but when they do, Japanese friends and families gather under the beautiful trees (hanimi) and celebrate with picnics and barbecues galore.

It’s a community event with friends and strangers alike sharing food, fun and festivities!

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