WOW: What’s On Where In March

In March there’s a whole heap of discoveries to be made around the world, from sheep shearing competitions in New Zealand to Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Ireland!

WOW: What's On Where In March

Ivrea Battle of the Oranges

Every year Ivrea awakes one winter morning in March with an incredible weight of expectation. Usually calm, the town quickly becomes a cauldron of sensory overload that sweeps along everyone gathered there for its popular annual carnival, the Orange Festival. The Battle of the Oranges includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organised groups and is the largest comida fight in Italy.

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. It is celebrated with aplomb the world over – with many drinks, festivities and parades!

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Persian New Year

Nowruz, also known as Iranian New Year’s Day or Persian New Year, is celebrated worldwide by various ethno-linguistic groups. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of the first month of the Iranian calendar.

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Holi – The Festival Of Colours

Holi is a Hindu spring festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent, celebrated predominantly in India, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.

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The Reindeer Herder Festival in Salekhard

The best time of year for the traveller to visit Salekhard is late March, in order to coincide with the Reindeer Herder festival. This takes place each year on the frozen river Ob by Salekhard, usually on the last weekend in March. Hundreds of Nenets travel from the surrounding taiga forest and tundra, in order to compete in reindeer sledge races and traditional activities such as reindeer lassoing.

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Caribou Carnival

There’s even more fun to be had in Yellowknife, Canada at the Caribou Carnival, from ugly dogs and tacky truck competitions to beard-growing sessions – its a bunch of mad events!

Las Fallas Festival

Meanwhile, emotions run high at Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain – a riotous week of historical tradition and lively celebration mingled with street parades, music and fiery fun. Witness townsfolk fill the city streets displaying huge, mache effigies – or ‘Fallas’ – which are set alight by tearful beauty queens on the closing night.

Everything You Need To Know: Las Fallas Festival

Yap Day

In search of warmer climates? Take a trip to Micronesia for Yap Day and see local islanders celebrate their rich cultural heritage and traditions. Witness colorful, narrative dance displays put on by grass skirt clad performers, see spear-throwing contests and basket-weaving races or catch a canoe-making demo.

Everything You Need To Know: Yap Day Festival

Calle Ocho Cuban Festival

Or, check out the Calle Ocho Cuban Festival in Miami and groove the day away with Latin beats. sizzling Cuban cuisine, and mojito fuelled salsa! The festival is one of the largest in the world, and over one million visitors attend the Calle Ocho event. It is a free street festival that showcases Pan-American culture.

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Golden Shears Festival

Venture down to New Zealand and sample the sheep shearing, herding and woolly arts at the Golden Shears Festival in Masterton, North Island. The world’s most prestigious sheep shearing event has been held in the town’s War Memorial Stadium each March since 1961.

Everything You Need To Know: Golden Shears Sheep Shearing Festival

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Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

And if you’ve got a healthy appetite and a strong stomach, hop over to South Island for the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. The main attraction of the event is food stalls offering items not normally consumed on a regular basis… deep fried eel, roasted possums or poached fish eyes anyone?

Everything You Need To Know: Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

Hounen Matsuri

Hounen Matsuri festival is deeply rooted in Japanese folklore. It began as an appeal to the gods for a fruitful harvest. March 15th marks the beginning of spring, a time of rebirth and growth. On this day, locals dressed in Buddhist robes carry floats through the centre of town praying for a good harvest and childbirth.

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