Seasonal Festivals of March

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As the Month of March nears, we can see people busy themselves in Spring celebrations. Here and there, people commemorate fun-filled events and exciting festivals. At times, we can see them dancing to the happy tunes or having delicious meals. There are many other ways through which the people commemorate their seasonal events. Here, a brief description of some famous March events is given.

Chandler Ostrich Festival

It is one of the unique events in which people include animals as well. The people not only participate in fun events, but organize ostrich race events also. They also have fun by taking part in interesting activities right on the day of this festival. They listen to music while their children busy themselves in zoo and kids’ zone.

Hanami

Hanami is a great seasonal event of Japan that is also known as Cherry Blossom Festival. The reason of the fame of this event is that the people right amidst spring enjoy this flowery occasion. At this time, the trees are all covered with flowers that create an interesting sight.

Tempe Festival of Art

What to speak of this greatest art event; it is beyond doubt one of the biggest art festivals. It is not only focused on art work, but you can see miscellaneous activities parallel to this occasion as well. These activities include having good time making the most of the music played in the background. To add more vigor to the occasion, the musicians participate in the event and play merry tones.

Religious Festivals of March

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Religious New Year Celebrations

We all know that our year starts with January and ends with December. Well, the same might not be true for all religions! Many religions have their own religious calendars and they celebrate their new year as per their calendar. So, you might not know that March is new year for Hindus and Sikhs. They commemorate the beginning of their new year with as much vigor as we welcome our very own January.

Famous Hindu and Jewish Religious Events

The Hindus have their colorful event of Holi at this month. They spread colors around each other to share their joys. They also used colored water and spray on each other making their clothes hued in various shades. The Jews, however, do not like to play with colors; rather they dress themselves fancily and eat cakes. They do this on their religious festival, Purim which is meant to pay their gratitude to Queen Esther. She is the legendary figure who helped Jews free themselves thus saving their lives.

Noteworthy Christian Festivals

Interestingly, there are big days for many saints of Christian faith in March. Many of these days are devoted to celebrating the culture of some sorts. For instance, St. David Day is intended to rejoice Welsh culture whereas St. Patrick’s Day celebrated Irish culture. The Christians also spend their day in showing their gratitude to nuns on Mothering Sunday. They do this to show their respect for their religious sisters serving in church.

Food Festivals of March

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March brings with its interesting and unique culinary events. Some of these events are focused on bringing out the best wine whereas others are mainly barbeque events. Let us see how these food events go:

Famous Food and Wine Events

Australians are nonetheless biggest fans of wine! They like to have good tasted wines in huge quantities by arranging food festivals. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is a good example of Australians’ love for wine. Visit the festival this March to give a treat to your taste buds. You would love to get more and more once you visit this event. Americans are not behind the Australians in their love for wine. You can see it in Charleston Food and Wine Festival. It is beyond doubt one of the not-to-miss occasions. However, the people in New Mexico enjoy the month of March in having their annual barbeque festival. The theme of this food event is serving smoking hot foods to the people.

Bizarre and Charitable Food Events

You would be stunned to know about New Zealand’s weirdest food festival. It has wild animals as the dishes served on tables. You can have snails, earthworms and other insects fried and cooked. You can also have wines and drinks made up of wild flowers. This festival is named Hokitika Wildfoods Festival and is a frequently visited event. In state of Utah, a food event; Red, White and Snow is commemorated as a fund-raiser for special people. Join this event to contribute to a noble cause.

Film Festivals of March

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When the calendar of the year reaches the month of March, we see hosts of film festivals coming to us. Some of these are commemorated in Europe whereas most of them are organized in other continents too. The common thing about these film festivals is that all offer the people chance to watch the best movies ever. However, there are variations in the genres of movies showcased in these festivals. Now, let us have a look at these film festivals that catch people’s attractions.

UK and Canadian Famous Film Events

In UK, Bradford Film Festival is one big event that is organized to promote the film industry. UK is also a big place for those interested in making documentaries. International Documentary Festival is rejoiced here with a focus on both new and experienced filmmakers. It also has a famous film festival; London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival that include special movies for gay and lesbian community. Talking about Canadian events, International Festival of Film on Art is big event for art lovers. The genre of art is entertained in this special film festival.

American and German Film Festivals

Annual Television Festival and Santa Barbara Film Festival are the major American attractions for movie fans. However, the Germans relish the event of Prix Futura Berlin to have good time watch movies with their friends. International Animated Film Festival is also there in March to satisfy the urge of people for animated movies. So, which festival are you attending this March?

Date Wise Calendar of Festivals of March

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Festivals from 1-6 March

The important festivals of March include Quebec Carnaval of Canada. The South African’s Capetown Pride Festival also comes in the list. The Americans, at this time have fun with their Spring Break festival. The Italians, however, are pleased with their Venice Carnival. The Spanish commemorate their Viana do Bolo festival with Brazil’s Carnival time event. The Ivrea Carnival is another famous festival of March which includes orange throwing ceremony. What is more; Cherry Blossom Festival, Future Music Festival and Soundwave Festival are good examples of seasonal events of March.

Festivals from 7-13 March

The Caribbeans have their Spring Break in March with Spain’s Festival De Jerez. Also, Argentina has its most famous Tango Festival with Australia’s Future Music Festival. The Brazilians have Carnival Time; Russians have Maslenitsa festival and Americans; Frozen Dead Guy Days.

Festivals from 14-20 March

The Bolivia’s Phujllay Festival, American’s Spring Break, Spain’s Las Fallas and St Patricks Day are commemorated in the mid of March. The famous beer festival; Starkbierzeit is also commemorated in this month with Indian’s religious occasion of Holi.

Festivals from 21-27 March

The Ultra Music Festival of American, Hamburger Dom Beer Fair; German festival and Triangle Beach Festival are famous events of March.

There are much more fun events and seasonal festivals that we get to see in March. You can read about them in details in other pages. So, prepare yourself for visiting the festivals that you feel are close to where you live.

Hina Matsuri: The Japanese Doll Festival

Hina Matsuri: The Japanese Doll FestivalEvery year on 3rd March, the Japanese celebrate the Hina Matsuri or the Doll Festival. Also known as the girls’ day, people all over Japan pray for the health happiness and prosperity of the girls.

This century’s old tradition is based on the belief that dolls could carry away the bad omens, sickness, evil spirits and troubles which could befall on the little ladies. The dolls are displayed in houses, streets, shrines and even stations. A traditional Hina doll set comprises of 15 dolls arranged in seven tiers on a red carpet or red silk. The dolls are attired in ancient royal costumes. The uppermost tier holds the emperor and the empress. The 2nd one displays three ladies in waiting. Five musicians are on the third tier. Two ministers occupy the fourth level. The lower levels belong to the retainers and guards. Articles of use such as furniture, utensils etc are also displayed on the lower tiers.

After the display, the dolls are released in a river so that they take away with them all the troubles and ailments. A popular superstition among the Japanese is that if the dolls are displayed for more than three days, the girls will face problems in getting married. Special food like rice cakes and non alcoholic wine are prepared and served on this festival.

Easter

Easter eggsEaster is the most important Christian festival of the year relating to the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is a movable festival which occurs between 22nd March and 25th April as it is celebrated on the first Sunday that falls after the first full moon following the spring equinox. Easter marks the end of the Lent; a 40 day fasting period.

The Roman Catholics offer special prayers in the church every Friday till Good Friday. As Jesus was crucified on Friday, it is a sad day for the Christians. A special mass is held on Friday at 3 pm sharp as Jesus Christ was crucified at this hour. A Special midnight Mass is also held on Saturday, the eve of Easter. In some churches, all candles are extinguished on Thursday and then on Easter eve, new candles are lit. The main candle called the Paschal candle is white in color with a red cross on it and signifies the presence of the Christ amongst the people. This candle is lit for a whole month and also on special occasions. People light their candles with it as well. Easter Sunday symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus and begins with special prayers in the church. For Christians too, it is a sign of a new beginning.

Easter candleThe day is then spent greeting and visiting friends and family and feasting. Easter eggs and Easter bunnies are some Easter traditions. Easter eggs represent a new life. Brightly colored eggs are hid all around the house and the garden for children to find. The eggs can be of chocolate or they may be an egg shaped container with goodies inside. Other traditional Easter foods are hot cross buns, roast duck or roast lamb.

Dead Guy Days Festival

Dead Guy Days FestivalThe Dead Guy Days Festival celebrated in Colorado US is a bizarre festival. It is celebrated on the first weekend of March. The story behind this weird festival is that a Norwegian brought with him his grandfather’s dead body to the U S and kept it cryogenically frozen. Dead Guy Days celebrations honor this unusual event.

The celebrations are from Friday to Sunday and are as strange as the festival itself. There is a coffin race, three legged race, snowshoe race and a Polar Plunge (you can take a dip in the icy cold waters of the lake). There are parades such as the “Cryonics Parade” besides the “Look a like Grandpa” and the “Ice Queen” contest. The two contests take place during the Grandpa’s Blue Ball. Saturday begins with a hearty breakfast of pancakes. You can also visit the place where the old man’s body is still preserved. There are many enjoyable activities on this fun packed weekend.

This festival has non stop entertainment for people of all ages young and old. You can participate in the family events along with your kids or enjoy some adult themed programs. Live musical concerts are too a part of the celebrations.

The Dead Guy Days Festival brings life to the otherwise dull chilly winter of Colorado.

La Fallas: The Fiery Festival of Spain

La Fallas The Fiery Festival of SpainLa Fallas is celebrated in Valencia Spain from March 13-17 to honor the Patron Saint of carpenters, Saint Joseph’s. Having pagan roots, the festival originated in the 18th century and has now evolved into one of the biggest festivals of Spain.

La Fallas is all about dance, music, costumes and fireworks. La Fallas is the Spanish for “the fires”. The main feature of the festival is the making and burning of “nintos” (puppets). The nintos can be papier Mâché or wooden or plaster statues. The theme is mostly satirical and mostly based on current happenings. Most nintos are elaborate works of art which take a whole year in making and cost a fortune.

La Fallas The Fiery Festival of SpainFrom the first day of the festival, a daily ritual of releasing Mascleta (smoke bombs) in the air takes place at 2: pm sharp in the town’s main square. The sounds of the exploding smoke bombs is deafening and causes the whole place to vibrate besides enveloping it in grey smoke. Street parties are also a daily affair and the air rings with music.

As the festival reaches its climax, the festivities gain pace; people dress up in their traditional costumes. The women especially look stunning in their brightly colored gowns and elaborate hair accessories. On March 17 and 18 the people march towards the Plaza de la Virgen carrying flowers to honor the Patron Virgin. These flowers are then used to build a giant size image of the virgin.

La Fallas The Fiery Festival of SpainOn the final day of the festival, all the nintos are stuffed with fireworks. Then exactly at midnight they are set on fire; however the nintos voted the best is spared and is placed in the museum with the other winners.
La Fallas is a gala of parades, music and fireworks. It is celebrated with joy, pride and passion.

Holi: The Festival of colors

Holi: The Festival of colorsThis festival of colors is celebrated by the Hindus all over the world. Holi is celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna which comes somewhere in February or March. Phalguna is the last month of the winter season as well and Holi is a way to welcome the spring season. However, Holi is mainly celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil.

Although many legends are associated with its origin, the most popular one involves the demon king Hiranyakashyap, his daughter the she devil Holika and his son the pious Prahlad. Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Naarayana and had unshakeable faith in him. The demon king not happy with this situation ordered his daughter Holika to walk into a burning fire along with her brother. Holika cold not be harmed by fire but when she entered into it, contrary to everyone’s expectations, Holika was burnt to ashes while Prahlad escaped unscathed. Holi is celebrated to commemorate this victory of good over evil forces and a person’s ultimate faith in his Lord.

Holi: The Festival of colorsHoli celebrations kick off with the burning of the effigy of Holika over a huge pile of sticks collected for days on the eve of Holi. The next day, the day of Holi known as Dhuleti is a day of pure merrymaking and enjoyment. People of all ages from all walks of life throw colored powder and colored water on each other amidst the chants of Holi Hai. Singing, dancing and savoring especially made delicacies is another way to enjoy Holi.

Holi brings people together as not only Hindus but also members of other communities like Muslims and Christians take part in this joyous occasion as well.

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