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Perhaps, the main spring holiday in Russia - March 8. However, international women’s day is celebrated not in all countries, and where it is noted, they do not pay special attention everywhere. But spring, warmth, the annual renewal of nature are happily greeted all over the planet. Next you will find a story about the 10 most interesting spring holidays of the world.
In the middle of April in Thailand they meet the local New Year - Songkran. Holiday is considered a family. On these days, it is customary to offer refined dishes to clergymen. The youth pours water on each other.
Three non-working days (from April 2 to 4 in 2017) in China mark the feast of purity and clarity Qing Ming. It is celebrated in early April, on the fifth day after the vernal equinox. On this day, it is customary to remember the ancestors and to fly kites. In China, they believe that if you burn something paper for your ancestor, he will get it in the afterlife. Therefore, the Chinese burn paper cars, images of food and even ersatz money.
On the first Sunday of April, the Kanamara-Matsuri festival takes place in the Japanese city of Kawasaki. Its main part is a procession whose members carry huge phalluses. Here you can meet people in a penis costume, as well as buy themed souvenirs and even candy. This Shinto holiday begins in the 17th century - this is how local prostitutes begged for success in their work. Now Kanamara Matsuri is considered a holiday of fertility and prosperity.
Novruz (Nauryz, Navruz) is one of the oldest spring holidays in the world. It is widely known among the Iranian and Turkic peoples, and is celebrated on the day of the spring equinox, March 21. In Novruz, a table is laid with dishes from seven plant products - wheat, peas, beans, beans, millet and others. In Uzbekistan and other countries, sumalak is prepared for the holiday - a sweet dish of germinated wheat grains. Grains are ground and boiled during the day in a cauldron with the addition of flour.
Sometimes a mirror and colored eggs are also placed on the table, symbolizing the completion of the old and the beginning of the new. In some countries, it is customary to kindle fires and jump over them seven times in order to be cleansed of sins.
One of the most famous spring holidays in Spain is Fallas. It is indirectly associated with an increase in daylight and is dedicated to Saint Joseph. Fallas is celebrated all over Spain, but with a special celebration in Valencia. This holiday is also called the festival of fire - fireworks are rattling everywhere, firecrackers explode, and in the final burn huge dolls, which are called so-called fallas. Dolls often depict certain vices of humanity, politicians, fairy-tale characters, their size can reach 20 meters. For the whole city is preparing a huge paella. In 2017, the Fallas will last from March 15 to March 19.
Holi, the festival of spring - the most colorful holiday in India literally. On this day, it is customary to sprinkle each other with colored powder - it is believed that the more colors on clothes and skin, the more good wishes are sent to the person. In 2017, Holi is celebrated on March 13th.
In May, a tulip festival is held in Canadian Ottawa. Here you can see thousands and thousands of flowers. The holiday was established in honor of the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands: during the Nazi occupation, the Princess of the Netherlands Juliana, together with her daughters, found refuge in Canada.
In Mexico, the day of the vernal equinox is widely celebrated. The main festivals take place in the capital of the Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza: here are both theatrical performances and ritual dances in colorful national costumes.
In Belarus, March 1, “Gukanna Viasny” is celebrated: spring songs are sung and the house is decorated with willow and birch branches. The name of the holiday went from the chorus to the spring songs: “Gu-oo-oo-oo!”. Following the call of spring comes the Magpies (March 22) - it is believed that on this day birds return from the warm edges. The hostesses bake from the dough figurines of birds, "larks" with eyes-raisins. In some villages, baked birds are still stuck on sticks, decorated with ribbons and flowers, and carried along the streets, saying: “Larks, fly in, take the winter away!”
German May Day is known as Maifeiertag, the “May Day”. It begins the day before, on Walpurgis Night - everyone jumps over bonfires, sing and dance until the morning. At the same time, dress up the famous May tree. Maibaum - a pillar, decorated on top with figures, ribbons and flowers. Previously, there was a custom of abduction and ransom of the May tree - the villagers competed among themselves, who would quickly steal a neighbor tree and receive an award.Now the May holiday is accompanied by fairs, concerts and folk festivals.