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Sweet spring, when will you be back?

  • january 20th, 2024

  • By Carmen selon EF Education First

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Already finding winter long and hard? 

As spring gains ground over winter, we can finally begin to look forward to sunnier days. One of the best things about the arrival of spring is the diversity of celebrations devoted to it around the world. Each country has its own way of welcoming the new season, whether with a festival, a parade or a community meal.

Are you dying to know exactly what these festivities are all about? You've come to the right place! Dive into the heart of spring and learn more about our favorite spring traditions from around the globe.

 

1. Songkran Water Festival - Thailand
This annual festival takes place shortly after the spring equinox. In Thailand, Songkran, which means "astrological passage" in Sanskrit, is celebrated as New Year's Day. The festivities include visiting a Buddhist monastery, visiting the elders and, of course, sprinkling oneself with water. The biggest celebrations take place in Chiang Mai, the capital of the north of the country, with festivities sometimes lasting up to six days. Locals and tourists alike take to the streets, equipped with water cannons, hoses and buckets, ready to douse everyone in their path. Children, adults and the elderly take part in this tradition, dancing in the streets to the sound of blaring music.

 

2. The White House Easter Egg Roll - United States
Supposedly first held in 1814, the White House Easter Egg Roll takes place every year on Easter Monday. In this fun competition, children gather on the White House lawn in Washington, then roll eggs with wooden spoons, trying to cross the finish line before anyone else. Children who compete can win Easter eggs and other small prizes - with the promise of goodies in mind, spirits are usually high. The festivities are chaperoned by the President of the United States and his family, as well as a giant Easter Bunny. All those cheerful people and colorful decorations in every corner make this tradition an annual event not to be missed.

Stay tuned for the next article!

Source: EF Education First

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