Celebration of Spring around the world

Japan
People celebrate hanami, a traditional custom of viewing cherry blossoms. Hanami parties are organized all over the country with picnics under the cherry trees

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Switzerland
Participants wearing chimney caps parade in the Sechselauten or spring festival in Zurich, which is held every April to mark the end of winter. Each costumed group is symbolic of a historical guild in Zurich that represents different trades, such as fishermen, blacksmiths, etc.

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Pakistan

The people of the Kalash minority ( about 4000 of them) in Pakistan celebrate Joshi, the spring festival for four days in May.
The spring festival honours the fairies and also safeguards the goats and shepherds before they go to the pastures.
Every religious ceremony is accompanied by dancing and rhythmical chant to a beat of the drum. Tribal chiefs in colourful dresses narrate stories of bygone days and events.

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India and wherever there are Hindus
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.

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Nepal

Tiji festival is the popular festival celebrating in the Upper Mustang region by the Tibetan Buddhist people for over three days each spring with dances performed by monks. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

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Slovenia
Kurentovanje is a ten-day rite of spring and fertility, celebrated in Slovenia. The name of the event comes from the festival’s central figure, the Kurent, who is believed to have the power to chase away winter and usher in spring.

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China and wherever there are Chinese

China’s Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, is the most widely-celebrated and most important festival in China and most parts of the world where Chinese reside (corresponding to Christmas in the West).

In traditional culture, the celebrations of Spring Festival can last for more than twenty days, from the twelfth Chinese month to the Lantern Festival (occurring somewhere in the period from late January to late-February). All these celebrations are related to sacrificing to deities, ancestors, and Buddha, cleaning away the dirt of the past year, and welcoming the New Year, good fortune (fu 福), and happiness.

Lighting up the firecrackers (seen below)

Chinese Spring Festival

Spring Festival Couplets

Taiwan

Taiwan also celebrates Chinese New Year, of course. However, it is famously known for its PingXi Sky Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year. The launching of the lanterns takes place after dark with the hopes and dreams of those (people) that have given the floating lanterns flight, written on slips of paper that are enclosed in the containers. This impressive aerial display of lighted orbs ascending into the atmosphere occurs as part of a fortnight of celebrations of the Chinese New Year.

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