Top 10 Most Popular Festivals and Holidays in March around the World
|Grape Harvest Festival. Photo: Traveltriangle|
Grape Harvest Festival
Where: Mendoza, Argentina
Key attractions: Performances, a special show in Frank Romero Day Greek Theatre
Established in 1936, the Grape Harvest Festival is one of the March festivals celebrated in Mendoza, Argentina and is a one of a kind of festival that has the wine growers and the wine makers coming together in a summer month in Argentina and is an annual event where over 20,000 revellers come together and there are parades, performances aand even fireworks and of course, great wine to taste! There is a great show where even actors and dancers participate.
Where: Munich, Germany
When: March 15th to April 6th
Everyone has heard of Oktoberfest, but have you heard of its close relative, Starkbierzeit? It’s the festival of strong beer – literally, Strong Beer Festival. Starkbierzeit attracts half the amount of people of Oktoberfest, which is still a lot, though it’s not near as popular and well-known. For three weeks, breweries all across Munich set up beer halls and prepare for the festival. The festival is even older than Oktoberfest, dating back to the mid-1600s, when it was started by Munich’s Paulaner Monks.
If you’re a beer lover and find yourself in Europe in March, this is where you’ll want to be. Starkbierzeit doesn’t just celebrate beer, but focuses on celebrating Bavarian culture. The guidelines for Starkbier – strong beer – say the alcohol content must be at least 7.5%. Drink slowly to keep up with your German counterparts – it’s no race and there’s no shortage of beer. You may soon find yourself singing merry songs and dancing on top of tables with a strong-beer-induced girn.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Key attractions: Pink blushing cherry blossoms
One of the most exotic and beautiful March festivals is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. Now, Cherry Blossoms start blooming in some parts of the country as early as January and go on till May. However, in some of the major cities in Japan the season for it is the month of March. It is expected that the trees will be in full bloom in Tokyo around March 23, in Hiroshima and Kyoto around March 25 and in Osaka around March 25 and are something not to be missed.
SXSW (South By Southwest)
Where: Austin, Texas
When: March 8th to 17th
SXSW (South By Southwest) is a combination of different things – film, interactive media, live music, and a variety of conferences – that all come together to create an amazing festival experience in Austin, Texas. The festival started in 1987 and is heading into its 33rd year in 2019.
The music aspect of SXSW is the largest of its kind in the world. The 2014 festival featured over 2,000 acts, and so will this year. Through SXSW Music, music samples from musicals are featured on official Youtube channels prior to the festival. Live music, featuring more than 2,000 artists from 63 countries, will take place from the 8th to the 17th.Attending the festival is a great networking opportunity, as there are professionals with backgrounds in technology, film, music, comedy and much more. It’s a melting pot of talented people, and a great place for creatives to meet leaders. Don’t miss the afterparties.Where: Austin, Texas.
Holi, The festival of colors, India
|Holi Festival in India. Photo: Blog - Compass India Holidays Pvt. Ltd.|
When: March 9th and 10th, 2020
Where: All over India
Holi is known as a festival of colors celebrated by Hindus all over Asia and also by people from some parts of Europe and North America. This Spring festival is mainly observed in India and Nepal. Holi is regarded as one of the most important and vibrant festivals in India. This festival commemorates the victory of good over evil.
Holi also marks the arrival of Spring, a season of hope and enjoyment. The tradition of colors in Holi festival linked with stories of Lord Krishna, who play parks on his beloved Radha by drenching her in colors and water. Holi celebrated on day after the full Moon in March of every year.
The celebrations of Holi festival start with the burning of Holika, represent the death of evil. Everyone love to drench others with colored water and dry powder at the time of Holi. Colored water filled balloons and waters guns are also used by the people for ‘water fight’ during Holi festival. People also visit houses of theirs friends and relatives and share sweets and other food items.
Narvik Winter Festival
Where: Narvik, Norway
Key attractions: Literary and Art exhibitions, theatrical performances
One of the March festivals 2021 which will want you to plan that Norway vacation right away is the Narvik Winter Festival. If you are interested in a little bit of history then this festival has its origin in the Second World War. Now that might sound absurd but the festival is also dedicated to workers who built the railway line connecting Narvik and Kiruna during the nineteenth century. Now an international event, Narvik Winter Festival is now an international event wherein dance, threatrical performances, music and literary and art events are held.
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Key attractions: Carnivals along the river and performances
Date: 6 – 9 March
The list of March festivals 2021 can’t be complete without the mention of Australia’s largest free community festival. The Moomba festival reflects Australian tradition at its very best and happens on the iconic Yarra River. A cultural festival that has different kinds of food, sports, art, music and fun performances, Moomba Festival will make your Australian experience so much better. There are carnivals by the side of the river and fireworks which are a sight to witness!
Head of the River Race
Where: London, England
When: March 30th
Head of the River Race is a professional rowing race held annually on the River Thames in London, England, and it’s worth checking out if you’re in the city. The race was founded in 1925 and has been going strong ever since.Around 340 to 420 crews participate in the race, with a maximum of 420 crews to ensure safety on the river. The event attracts rowers from all over the world, who all try to get down the 6.8km river in record time. Row, row, row your boat, viciously down the River Thames.
Bryon Bay Bluesfest
Where: Byron Bay, Australia
When: April 18th to 22nd
Entering its 30th year, the award-winning Byron Bay Bluesfest is a beloved annual music festival that takes over the town of Byron Bay, Australia. Held annually on the Easter-long weekend, this year’s headliners include Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Paul Kelly and Iggy Pop, who will most definitely get the party going..
The festival’s first year only attracted a modest 6,000 attendees, but now Australia’s premier contemporary blues and roots music festival attracts over 100,000 people. Bring a tent and join 6,000 other campers for five 12-hour days of music in one of Australia’s most rad towns. “The Bluesfest is one of those festivals an artist dreams about playing. When we first played in 2000 it was one of those pivotal life-changing moments for us. To this day it is still one of my favourite shows and it literally launched my band nationwide” – John Butler.
St. Patrick’s Day
Where: Worldwide (Most famously Dublin, Boston, New York)
When: March 15th to 18th
Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day a good excuse to celebrate – and by celebrate, I mean wear green, drink lots of beer, and get a little rowdy. St. Patrick’s day is held on March 17th every year, celebrating the life and death of Ireland’s foremost patron saint, who was a fifth-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. The religious holiday is celebrated all over the world, particularly anywhere there are people of Irish descent.
If you want to go all out and experience the biggest St. Paddy’s day party, there’s no other place to do it than in Dublin. The city is painted green with smiles, green-coloured beer, and parades, and every pub will be full of enthusiastic beer drinkers, from morning till night. Boson is America’s most Irish city, and is one of the best places to celebrate. New York is also home to a huge St. Paddy’s day party, with more than 150,000 people participating in the parade, making it the biggest in the world. Go green or go home, and may the luck of the Irish be with you.
|There’s a festival happening today, tomorrow, and every other day somewhere in the world. Some countries are home to an abundance of festivals every month, whether you wanna fly high or lay low, listen to music, immerse yourself in culture, or watch adrenaline-pumping sports, there’s something for you. Above are 8 festivals in March – a mix of culture, music, and sports – this month to get hyped up about. If you have any recommendations for KnowInsiders about that suggested list, feel free to add them to the comment section below, and if you like our articles, please like, share them with your friends and family. Thank you for tuning in!|
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