February 14, 2024Republic Lifestyle Desk

Spring Festivals Celebrated Around The World: Holi In India To Nowruz In Iran

Holi: Spring wouldn’t be the same in northern India without this annual festival. Celebrated by throwing coloured powder at each other, this vibrant festival of tints celebrates the season’s many hues

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Semana Santa: An important holiday in largely Catholic countries like Mexico and Spain, Semana Santa (Holy Week) showcases colourful parades, Masses, fireworks and elaborate ceremonies.

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Nowruz: Widely referred to as the Persian New Year, this annual festival also marks the first day of spring - celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox (usually around March 21).

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One of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, Passover observes the ancient Israelites’ deliverance from slavery in Egypt - items on this seder plate showcase symbolic foods related to the story.

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Songkran: Known as the Water Festival by visitors, this annual festival in Thailand falls shortly after the spring equinox. Songkran is celebrated in the country as the traditional New Year’s Day.

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Las Fallas: Whimsical characters, known as fallas, are a familiar sight during this annual 5-day celebration. Over time, the holiday has developed into a celebration to commemorate Saint Joseph.

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