Spring is the season of optimism, joy and happiness. It is the time when we bid goodbye to the winter season and welcome summer. The months of March, April and May are the spring months. It is the most awaited season and people all over the world celebrate different types of spring festivals.
The advent of spring in India is witnessed with a lot of natural beauty springing to life in the fields and grounds with beautiful blossoms of rainbow hued flowers. Holi is one of the major spring festival celebrated throughout the Indian Sub-Continent. People of India bid adieu to gloomy winter days by soaking each other with water and sprinkling ‘Gulal’( Color powder). This festival is celebrated by people of all walks of life irrespective of their religion.
Advent of spring in Japan is witnessed with the burgeoning of the cherry trees with pretty pink cherry blossoms. Traditionally, on this occasion the Japanese gather for spending time with friends under the cherry blossom trees. The fleeting sakura(cherry blooms) are symbolic of transitional nature of life. The arrival of sakura is celebrated by the Japanese by heading for picnics and parties under hanami(plentiful trees). This is also known as a season of sharing happiness with each other.
Las Fallas is spring festival celebrated in Spain. Traditionally, Las Fallas, is a celebration honoring St. Joseph. On this day, giant fallas (puppets) are made with a combination of paper, wood and wax. Each neighborhood spends months creating towering structures often satirizing politics and social customs. These are on display around the city with each neighborhood taking great pride in their work. Officially Las Fallas begins on March 1 with a firework show and continues every day till March 19. The streets are filled with festivity with residents adorning traditional costumes and air filled with aroma of paella cooking. On March 19, a massive bonfire is built setting all the fallas in ablaze with a crescendo of fireworks.
Spring festival in china is also known as Chinese New Year. Traditionally it is a festival honoring ancestors. Chinese people clean their house thoroughly to bring good luck in the New Year and sweep away the bad luck of the year bygone. Houses are decorated with red paper cuts and good fortune signs. Elders gift money in red envelopes to the youngsters as a symbol of good fortune.
In the States, the advent of spring is celebrated by the lively green parades of St. Patrick's Day pursued by the chocolate bunnies of Easter. Since summers are short lived here, spring is undoubtedly celebrated with sugar-packed bounty throughout the continent in various countries. An important festival that is celebrated in the United States is the Easter Egg Roll. Believed to have begun in 1814, the Easter Egg Roll is every year held on the lawn of the White House. It is an interesting race where children can be seen pushing an egg with a long spoon.
Songkran festival, celebrated in Thailand in mid-April, is a three-day festival associated with the Thai New Year and is one of the most popular celebrations in the country. Customarily, Thai people clean their houses, reflect on their mindsets, and pay respect to elders, family and neighbors. Elders are paid homage by the Young by pouring scented water over the hands for luck and prosperity. On this day thai people offer food to the monks and statue of Buddha are bathe in water. During Songkran, kids and adults ride around on backs of trucks and motorcycles armed with water balloons and Water guns. Storefronts in the streets keep barrels of water to enjoy the three day festivity of colors and water play.
People in Mexico welcome Spring by indulging in festivities. One of the most festivals in the country is the Semana Santa. It is an important holiday in Mexico. The festival coincides with the spring break and is marked by wonderful Fireworks, masses and colorful parades.
Iranians celebrate spring by ushering in the New Year. Nowruz is one of the most important festival in the country. Nowruz, which is the Persian New Year, is the traditional Iranian festival of Spring. Apart from Iran, the festival is also celebrated in Central Asia.
Held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill in the English city of Gloucester, the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is held every year. Initially held for the people of Brockworth village, the event has now become popular worldwide.
Whichever country you belong, whatever may be your idea of celebrating spring just enjoy each and every moment of your life because spring time is merry time.