The spring season has unfailingly been marked by numerous celebrations all over the world as people welcome the warm weather and emerge from their winter slumber to enjoy the delights that Mother Nature has in store. Spring is famous a time to party and celebrate life and irrespective of which part of the globe you’re in, there’s always a spring holiday to become a part of. Most of these spring festivals have centered around celebrating the Spring Equinox, which kick-starts spring in March. Vine Vera reviews the top spring festivals around the world that have just been celebrated or are coming up soon.
The White House Easter Egg Roll, USA
Every year, the President of the United States of America gathers with a bunch of schoolchildren on the elaborate White House lawns for the annual Easter Egg Roll. The festival is held on Easter Monday and is known to date all the way back to the year 1814, when First Lady Dolley Madison organized the first Easter Egg Roll.
Maslenitsa is a Russian folk festival that is celebrated before the Lenten season. The festival is characterized by traditional food and dance and the burning of Lady of Maslenitsa’s effigy. As the celebration comes to a close, all leftover goods are thrown into this fire. Once the fire finally burns out, the ash is spread over the fields as a means of fertilizing the crops for a good harvest.
Las Fellas, Spain
Las Fellas is a 5-day celebration that grips Spain during the spring season. This festival is dominated by funny characters, who take to the streets of Spain to celebrate the arrival of the Spring Equinox. Considered to be one of the rowdiest festivals in Spain, Las Fellas dates all the way back to the Middle Ages, when artisans burned the wood that they had saved for the winter months. Over time, the festival emerged as a celebration that commemorated Saint Joseph, the husband of Mother Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.
Songkran Water Festival, Thailand
Thailand celebrates the Buddhist New Year in mid-April with an exciting water festival where the participants count on getting wet! Most of the main cities feature elaborate parades and humongous statues of Buddha that sprays water on the people. People in the smaller villages celebrate this age-old tradition by spraying water on each other. People also celebrate the festival by releasing fish into the rivers to show kindness towards other living beings and visit monasteries to offer food to the monks.
Purim is a popular Jewish festival that celebrates the freedom of the Jewish people from Haman, a Persian ruler who tried to exterminate them as a race. The festival is celebrated on the 14th of Adar in the Jewish calendar and is marked by a public recitation of the Book of Esther. People celebrate Purim by offering charity to the poor, enjoying a meal with their loved ones and sharing food and drinks with others. Drinking wine and wearing masks and costumes are also known to be integral to Purim celebrations.
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is one of the most beautiful spring festivals around the world. It is typically celebrated in countries with large Hindu populations. People celebrate the festival by spraying colored water on each other. On the night before the festival, bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape of Prahlad (a devotee of Lord Vishnu) from Holika (a demoness). According to folklore, Holika carried Prahlad into a fire, but ended up getting burnt herself. Prahlad managed to escape the fire because of his devotion to Lord Vishnu.
Easter is celebrated in many countries across the globe. It marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his crucifixion. The arrival of Easter also marks the end of Lent (a season of pentenance and prayer) for Catholics. The tradition is celebrated with a hunt for the Easter Egg and a visit from the Easter Bunny, who leaves behind baskets that are full of treats and candies.
What do you plan to do this spring? Would you want to become a part of any of the festivals mentioned above? Or would you like to see another tradition added in this list of popular spring holidays around the world. Let Vine Vera know using the comments below.