5. Kurayami Matsuri , Japan
Next on our list of ten spring festival celebrations around the world, we have the Kurayami Matsuri festival celebrated in Japan. The words ‘Kurayami Matsuri’ refer to early May. It corresponds with spring and is therefore known as a celebration of spring. It is also called the ‘Dark Night’ festival. People dim their lights on the eve of the festival and dance to traditional music. Horse riding and lantern hanging is another main feature of this traditional spring festival. Celebrated mainly at Oktunitama Shrine in Tokyo, each spring, thousands are drawn to the shrine for this traditional and religious celebration.
4. Basant (The Kite Festival), Pakistan
Next, we have Basant on our list of ten spring festival celebrations around the world. Basant is a famous kite-flying festival celebrated mainly in Pakistan. This spring festival most commonly begins in March, at the arrival of the spring season. The festival is synonymous with music, colorful clothes, sweet dishes, and above all, kite flying. This auspicious festival is also celebrated in the Punjab province of India. People gather on the roofs and fly colorful kites to greet spring.
3. Holi, India : Spring Festival Celebrations
If you are into Bollywood, there is a huge chance you know about this festival. Holi makes it to our list of ten spring festival celebrations around the world. This springtime celebration is a religious as well as cultural festival in India. It is also referred to as the festival of colors because it involves playing with colors. This spring festival takes off with Holika bonfire on the eve of Holi. People gather to eat, sing and dance. The next morning is a carnival of colors. People throw colors at each other – in form of powder, water guns filled with liquid colors and so on. It is like a true calling of springtime festivity and springtime colors.
2. Nowruz (The New Year), Iran, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan
Celebrated by the Persian community across the globe, Nowruz is a prominent and significant festival celebrated to mark the Persian New Year. Nowruz actually means the New Year. Commonly celebrated by Iranian people, the festival has spread out to other countries such as the Central Asia, the Crimean, South Asia and others. The Persian New Year starts on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which mostly falls on the 21st of March according to the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, the New Year starts with the start of the spring season. Persian families gather to have feasts. As you can see above in the photo, it is an old tradition to paint eggs on the Festival. This is one of the most colorful of all the ten spring festival celebrations around the world that we have discussed here.
1. The Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival, China
The Chinese New Year celebration, followed by the Lantern festival is by far one of the most celebrated spring festivals in the world. And this is why we have ranked it at number one on our list of ten spring festival celebrations around the world. This significant day in the Chinese calendar marks amazing set of celebrations with dragons, flowers, lanterns in the air, colorful dressing, fireworks, traditional music, food and dance. Also referred to as the Spring Festival, it lasts for 15 days. It begins on the eve of the New Year on Chinese calendar and ends after 15 days through to the Lantern Festival. One of the highlights of the Lantern Festival, which marks the two-week period of the New Year, is a traditional Chinese dish called Yuanxiao. Lantern Festival is a way to celebrate New Year, as well as the spring since the Chinese calendar begins with springtime.
This spring celebrate the beauty of spring and feel blessed for being a part of this beauty. We hope that you can also become a part of one of the ten spring festival celebrations around the world that we have discussed here. It would be a great experience and a wonderful feeling. Feel the spring running through your veins – feel alive and spirited!!! Keep browsing our website for more interesting stuff like this.