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Five of the best and exciting Spring festivals around the world

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Five of the best and exciting Spring festivals around the world

Most of us love to see the back of winter, and welcome the warmth of Springtime sun.  Check out these fab Spring festivals guaranteed to wake your body up for the rest of the year!

Songkran Water Festival, Thailand (13-15 April)

Songkran Water Festival Thailand

Get your swim gear on during the hottest time of year and prepare to get hosed down with water!  This festival started with families and neighbours sprinkling each other with water for good fortune.  However, now it is a three-day celebration of all types of water activity. Songkran Water Festival celebrates the Thai New Year, and the biggest event takes place in Chiang Mai in the north. Don't forget though to take an elephant ride and try some local cooking while there!

Obsidian festival at Teotihuacan, Mexico (16-21 March)

Obsidian festival Teotihuacan Mexico

At the 'Pyramid of the Sun' in Teotihuacan, you will be recharged by the energy of the sun at the Spring Equinox (definitely good if you have a sore head from the night before). This awesome festival is full of music, dance, sports and cultural events, and takes place over the five days. There is no way you could be bored here! As you’ll be based in Mexico City, after festival you can relax and walk around the famous floating gardens, or keep the celebratory atmosphere alive with food at one of the many rejuvenated haciendas.

Las Fallas, Spain (15-19 March)

Las Fallas festival, Spain

Las Fallas (also meaning 'fire' festival) is famous for the huge cardboard statues being placed around the city of Valencia in Spain. Some are more than 20 metres high, and on the last day of the festival they are burnt in a huge spectacular fireworks display.  Only one is saved and added to a local museum’s collection. While in Valencia, visit the 'Mercado Central' (central market) which has plenty of mouth-watering food.  There are also many beautiful buildings to see, such as the general post office, Valencia Cathedral and the 'North Station'.

Holi (Festival of Colours), India (6 March)

Holi festival of colours

It’s also known as the 'Festival of Colours,' so be prepared to get dowsed in coloured powder and water. The festival is marked around many different cities these days but Delhi will be the craziest and perhaps most modern. You can also grab tickets for the Holi Cow festival if you are looking for DJs, bands and dancing as well some delicious local cuisine. Holi will make for an awesomely colourful future profile pic!

Walpurgis Night, Central and Northern Europe (30 April-1 May)

Berlin at night during Walpurgis night

Taking place mainly in northern and central Europe, this celebration is named after Saint Walpurga, an English nun who was based in Germany in the 8th century. Many use it as a day to play pranks, but you can take in the atmosphere as well as the culture while you're there. Why not choose the Berlin to celebrate 'Walpurgisnacht' with the locals? While you’re there make sure to visit a memorial of the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, or cycle around the city and find some uncovered gems by yourself.  The city also has many pub crawl tours where you can try the many beers Germany is famous for! 

 

Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.

 

Thanks to Jonathan Leung, Pittaya Sroilong, Jen Wilton, Matias Garabedian, Steven Gerner and Olli Henze for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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