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
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!Order your Thai baht
Las Fallas - Valencia, Spain
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.Order your euros
Spring equinox - Mexico
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.Order your Mexican pesos
Cherry blossom season - Japan
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!Order your Japanese yen
If you're a fan of spring festivals, don't forget to check out our ultimate guide to Holi festival in India!