6 Colorful Spring Traditions Around The World - Fashion Worldwide

Spring is an optimistic season of new beginnings and new life. Spring is the best feeling of the nature because it rises with a warm sunshine, colorful flowers and singing birds. It seems as if the earth itself wants to celebrate. And people around the world celebrate accordingly. So, through the years, they have found colorful and creative ways to do exactly that: celebrate spring.

From playful water fights to colored flower festivals, here are some of our favorite spring celebrations from around the world.

#1. Songkran – Chiang Mai (Thailand)

We all know Holi – the celebration of the nature in India. Instead of throwing colored powder and dyes, Songkran festival (Thailand) is a city-wide water fight. Throwing water is allowed: buckets, water guns, fire trucks or even elephants douse passers-by.

Songkran marks the traditional Thai New Year, which takes place in mid-April. The water tradition is related to spring cleaning and it means the fresh start of a new year. The traditions says that the water used to cleanse Buddha statues and then poured on family members for good luck. This custom evolved into the fun free-for-all enjoyed today.

Songkran - Chiang Mai, Thailand

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#2. Bloemencorso Bollenstreek (The Netherlands)

Known for an abundance of flowers, South Holland hosts a 12-hour-long parade that travels from Noordwijk to Haarlem. The Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is the only parade constructed of bulb flowers like hyacinths, tulips and daffodils. Elaborate floats wander on the streets in a route that stretches more than 40 km. Hundreds of thousands of people line up to watch the event every year in April.

#3. Semana Santa (Antigua, Guatemala)

“Semana Santa” is so called Easter week, in Spanish. The custom is to celebrate it each spring in many different ways. In the Guatemalan town of Antigua, the tradition says to elaborate parades ornamental costumes and floats. The huge, wooden floats are carried by lots of hands, as they can weigh thousands of pounds each. The parade routes are covered with gorgeous carpets made from flowers and other plant materials. The handmade carpets take many hours to create, but can only be used once: they are trampled by the hundreds of float carriers as the parade passes.

Semana Santa

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#4. The Floriade (Australia)

“Floriade” is a relatively new tradition in Australia. Therefore, more than 400.000 flock to Australia’s capital, Canberra, for a massive flower festival each beginning of spring. When the season kicks off in September for the Southern Hemisphere, a month-long celebration begins. More than one million blooms take over Canberra’s Commonwealth Park each year, They offer a breathtaking display of spring color. The festival also includes art displays, concerts, workshops and other recreational activities.


Photo Source: A ferris wheel glows at the 2012 Flroriade festival in Canberra. (Flickr Photo/denisbin)

#5. Holi (India)

In a celebration of the triumph of the good over bad, the colorful Holi tradition takes place in late February or early March. Is one of the most famous festivals around the world! Many countries adopted it in every other way possible – such as The Color Run – but we all know it’s originated as Hindu tradition. Currently, is a cultural experience that inspired everyone to celebrate spring in a colorful way.

During the festivities, people participate in bonfires and parties the night before Holi. The next day, everyone gathers on the streets for a huge color fight, throwing dyed powder onto each other. This custom connects everyone and it comes with a good mood. Holi has its roots in India and Nepal.

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#6. Hanami (Japan)

Japan’s famous cherry blossoms are an internationally well-known spring spectacle that takes place from late March to early May across the country. People keep an eye on the weather to follow up the bloom, hoping to plan Hanami at peak times. People welcome spring by hosting parties under the trees, a tradition that has taken place for centuries.


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Join in the fun every spring! You should add these spring celebrations to your bucket list, or, if you are inspired enough, celebrate the spring in your own way! Colors and a good mood are a must have!


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