Fantastic Festivals Around the World in March 2016
-Omizutori, Nara, Japan, 1-14 March
Omizutori is a Japanese 1, 200 year old Buddhist ceremony. This ceremony is to cleanse the people of their sins as well as to usher in the spring of the new year.
-Noche de Brujas (Night of the Witches), Catemaco, Mexico, 4 March
Noche de Brujas is a three-day celebration of the supernatural.
A mob of shamans, healers and witches from all over the country gather for a extensive ceremony based on witchcraft tradition.
-CRSSD Festival San Diego, California, United States, 5 March
CRSSD is San Diego’s relatively new music festival with artists showcasing the diversity of electronic music. This festival will be taking place at downtown’s Waterfront Park.
- Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney, Australia, 5 March
From a rowdy parade and film festival to day-time dance parties and academic discussions, this celebration is perfect for anyone who likes to have a good time—gay or straight.
-Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), Bali, Indonesia, 9 March
During the Balinese New Year a lively celebration occurs, with traditional music, dance and a grand procession, followed by 24 hours of total silence. Everything is closed, even the international airport.
-Frozen Dead Guy Days, Nederland, Colorado, United States, 11 March
Frozen Dead Guy Days (started 2002) is an annual celebration to celebrate the 1994 discovery of the cryonic state corpse of Bredo Morstoel. Coffin races, a slow-motion parade, and "Frozen Dead Guy" lookalike contests are held.
-Calle Ocho, Florida, Miami ,United States, 13 March
The festival is one of the largest in the world, and over one million visitors attend the Calle Ocho event. An enormous party celebrating Latin culture includes food, music, and more, all in one huge gala that’s held in the streets.
-St. Patrick's Day, Dublin, Ireland, 17 March
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Many people wear an item of green clothing on the day. Parties featuring Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green food color are part of this celebration.
- Tsechu Festival, Bhutan, 19~23 March
Tsechu is a religious celebration in honour of Padmasambhava, the great Nyingmapa scholar who was born from a lotus flower. The point of the tshechus are Cham dances.
These costumed, masked dances typically are moral vignettes, or based on incidents from the life of the 9th century Nyingma teacher Padmasambhava and other saints.
-Holi, Festival of Colour, Mumbai, India, 23 March
Holi is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire, sing, dance and party.
The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water.
-FESTIMA, Dédougou, Burkina Faso, 27 February
Every two years, Burkina Faso hosts FESTIMA, the International Festival of Masks and Art. IMasked dance troupes gather from around West Africa to shake, rattle, and roll in an age-old ritual to connect with local spirits.
-Bali Spirit Festival, Bali, indonesia , 29 March ~ 3 April
Bali Spirit is an annual celebration of yoga, healing arts, live music and dance with workshops in the peaceful island of Bali. One of world’s leading yoga events.
- Hanami, Japan, Late March~early April
From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.
The hanami celebrations usually involve eating and drinking, and playing and listening to music.
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