Easter, And Other Spring Festivals Around The World

Easter

‘The springtime celebration of Easter is a Christian tradition marking the day Jesus Christ is said to have come back to life. The day is a celebration of Christianity, but it’s also a celebration of new beginnings and the changing seasons. In 2021, Easter (was) celebrated on Sunday, April 4.

On Easter Sunday, people attend church services where they sing and pray. It’s a day for some fun family activities too, like decorating hard-boiled eggs and searching for the hidden treats around the house or yard.’ https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/spring-celebrations

Nowruz/No Ruz

‘In Persia, eggs have been painted for thousands of years as part of the spring celebration of No Ruz, the Zoroastrian New Year. In Iran, coloured eggs are placed on the dinner table at No Ruz, and a mother eats one cooked egg for each child she has.’https://www.translatemedia.com/translation-blog/easter-different-cultures/

‘Nowruz (pronounced NO-rooz) means “New Day” and marks the beginning of spring. Also known as the Persian New Year, it’s celebrated by millions of people in Iran (formerly called Persia) and other countries, especially throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. The holiday falls in March.

Families celebrate Nowruz by cleaning their homes and having a big feast. A table is usually arranged with seven items that start with the letter in the Persian language—such as sprouts (sabzeh) and dried fruit (senjed). Each item symbolizes a principle, such as love or rebirth. Some people also exchange gifts or attend street festivals to ring in the new year.’https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/spring-celebrations

‘While it differs country to country, the multi-day celebration often starts with people cleaning their homes but quickly escalates into a multi-day festival of bonfires, costumes, and family remembrance, until the 13th day of the New Year when everybody leaves their homes and joins friends and family members outside for music, dancing, and food in the cities’ public spaces.’https://www.ef.com/wwen/blog/language/8-best-spring-traditions-around-world/

Passover

‘The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated for seven or eight days, depending on the branch of Judaism the person practices. Passover is a time to reflect on the Hebrew people’s freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt. The enslaved people were believed to have been led to freedom by a religious leader named Moses. In 2021, Passover begins the evening of March 27 and ends the evening of April 4.

The celebration begins on the first day at sundown, when family members gather for a special dinner called a seder (pronounced SAY-dur). Most breads aren’t allowed during Passover, but matzo—a flat, cracker-like bread without yeast—is an exception. (The Hebrew people are said to have fled Egypt so quickly that the bread they were preparing to take with them didn’t have time to rise.) A bitter herb called maror is also set on the table, symbolizing the difficult experience of the people who were enslaved. During the meal, families and friends recall stories about their ancestors’ time of slavery and celebrate their independence.’https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/spring-celebrations

Holi

‘Bright neon powder covers revel(l)ers in northern India during the annual Hindu celebration called Holi, held in March. Known as the festival of colo(u)rs, Holi is celebrated on the last full moon in the lunar month of Phalguna.

This ancient tradition marks the end of winter and hono(u)rs the triumph of good over evil. Celebrants light bonfires, throw colo(u)rful powder called gulal, eat sweets, and dance to traditional folk music.’https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/spring-celebrations

‘Undoubtedly one of the most colo(u)rful festivals in the world, Holi is celebrated by Hindus across Northern India. It involves throwing colo(u)red powder at one another, which pays tribute to the many hues of the spring season as well as events from Hindu mythology. Usually lasting a full day and night, the festival is a gloriously colo(u)rful and happy celebration of the end of winter and the spring growing season.’https://www.ef.com/wwen/blog/language/8-best-spring-traditions-around-world/

Songkran

Songkran, a celebration marking the Thai New Year, is all about making a fresh start with a splash. The festival in Thailand kicks off on April 13 in 2021 and usually lasts three days, though festivities can start early or end later in some cities.

Water plays a major role in the festival. Symbolically it washes away the previous year so people can get ready for the next one. Many Songkran traditions use water, such as cleaning homes and sprinkling water on Buddha statues and the hands of elders. Outside, Songkran is celebrated with street parties and a giant friendly water fight.’https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/spring-celebrations

‘This annual festival takes place shortly after the spring equinox. Songkran stems from the Sanskrit word for “astrological passage” and is celebrated within Thailand as New Year’s Day. Festivities involve going to a Buddhist monastery, visiting elders, and, of course, throwing water. The northern capital of Chiang Mai is the setting for the biggest celebrations, with festivities lasting up to six days. Locals and tourists alike take to the streets, equipped with cannon-sized water guns, pressure hoses and buckets, ready to drench anyone in their path. Children, adults, and the elderly take part in the tradition, dancing in the streets to loud music.’https://www.ef.com/wwen/blog/language/8-best-spring-traditions-around-world/

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