Festivals of World – March

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March around the world offers a range of festivals from enjoying the blossoms of the Cherry trees in Japan, the gathering of witches and shamans of Mexico to Balinese New year and St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Here’s list of festivals in March for travellers to revel in.

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Noche De Brujas (Night of the Witches)

(Photo from: http://sosueme.ie/travel/7-great-night-time-festivals/)

When: First Friday in March

Where: Cerro Mono Blanco, Catemaco, Mexico

A mob of shamans, healers and witches from all over the country gather for ceremony based on tradition of witchcraft.

 

Calle Ocho (Eighth Street)

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When: Mar 12, 2017

Where: Miami, Florida

One of the best ways to celebrate spring in Miami, Florida, is with Carnaval. The city may not need the excuse to party, but Latino Miami doesn’t hold back with its 10-day fiesta: Carnaval Miami, which culminates in Calle Ocho—a 23-block street festival in Little Havana.

 

Las Fallas 

(Photo from: http://www.donquijote.org/culture/spain/society/holidays/las-fallas)

When: 12–19 March

Where: Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. What started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, has evolved into a 5-day, multifaceted celebration involving fire. Valencia, a quiet city with a population of just over 1 million, swells to an estimated three million flame-loving revellers during Las Fallas celebrations.

 

Starkbierzeit (Strong Beer Time)

(Photo from: http://hostelsclubblog.com/budget-guide-to-the-munich-starkbierzeit/)

When: Two weeks around St Joseph’s Day (19 March)

Where: Paulaner Keller, Munich, Germany

To appreciate the Munich love of beer you just have to consider what locals call the “fifth season”. It’s the Starkbierzeit (Strong Beer Time), a three-week frenzy of early-spring stout swigging. But these are not ordinary suds. Prepare your taste buds for a fortune of flavour, an abundance of aroma, a trove of textures

 

St Patrick’s Festival

(Photo from: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/parade)

When: Five days around 17 March

Where: Dublin, Ireland

St Patrick's Festival, Ireland's national celebration of identity, arts and culture, will showcase the very best of Irish and international talent and entertainment with a whole host of fun festivities. Marvel as Ireland’s finest street-theatre companies swirl by with fantastical pageantry and raucous performances.

 

Nyepi (Balinese New Year)

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When: 28th March

Where: Bali, Indonesia

Every year, Hindus on the Indonesian island of Bali celebrate Nyepi, the Balinese New Year's Day. Nyepi is a day of silence, reserved for self-reflection, where people stay home and are not allowed to use lights, start fires, work, travel or enjoy entertainment -- even tourists are asked not to leave their hotels.

However, the days surrounding Nyepi are anything but silent - several rituals of offering and cleansing take place before and after New Year's Day, to rid worshipers of past evils and bestow good fortune in the year ahead. Devotees burn huge demonic effigies, whip each other with fiery coconut husks, give prayers and offerings, and young couples are doused with water during a lively kissing festival.

 

Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing)

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When: After Mid-March

Where: All over Japan

The cherry blossom (sakura) has been celebrated in Japan for many centuries and holds a very special place in Japanese culture. Although there are many varieties of cherry tree in Japan, most bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The Japanese celebrate this time of the year with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties: friends, family or work colleagues gather and sit on plastic mats under the blossoming trees, to drink, sing, chat or just admire the spectacle.