01. Holi Festival, India
The colorful Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Spring has become a popular event around the world: several big cities have joined in, including London and New York. Holi has roots in many ancient texts and legends. Ultimately, the festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and brings people together. Religion and economic status don’t matter at the bonfire on Holi eve, or as people in the streets toss gulal (colored powder) at each other.
02. Songkran Water Festival, Thailand
Songkran, the Thai New Year Festival, takes place in mid-April and represents moving on. To celebrate this passage into the new year and the end of the dry season, locals use plenty of water. From washing Buddha images in their temples to emptying buckets of ice-cold water on tourists, locals aren’t stingy with their blessings. The water fights erupting across Thailand symbolize the cleansing of the past year and good luck for the next.
03. Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan
The Japanese celebration of Spring looks like something out of a fairy tale. Cherry blossoms, or sakura, embody a fundamental local philosophy: the wabi sabi. The idea at its core is enjoying the ephemeral and accepting imperfections. The blossoms only last a week, so every moment is enjoyed with plenty of hanami. Translated as “flower viewing”, hanami are picnics under the trees covered in pink blossoms, and they take place both day and night.
04. Walpurgis Eve, Sweden
On the last day of April, Swedish streets are filled with choirs welcoming Spring. As the night descends, bonfires pop up, bringing communities together. Locals savor a bowl of hot nettle soup while catching up with neighbors and friends. Walpurgis dates back to the Middle Ages, when the administrative year ended in April. It became an important celebration for merchants and farmers, and a time when the annual village meeting took place and a new alderman was chosen.
Despite sometimes freezing temperatures and torrential rains, the arrival of Spring is synonymous with new beginnings. And that’s worth celebrating.
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Written by Kamila Beyssembaeva
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