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March 2013

Cherry blossoms at Yachounomori Garden in Tatebayashi, Gunma

Cherry Blossom, Japan

Cherry Blossom, Japan

25 Mar 2013

The Japan Weather Association, in its first forecast of the season, predicts this year’s cherry blossoms to open according to their average schedule in most of Japan, except for parts of Western and Central Japan where they are predicted to open earlier than usual. The opening in Tokyo is on March 25, but estimated best viewing happens April 1 to 10, according to Weathermap [1]. Kakuzan Park in Tsuyama has gained fame as one of the best place for viewing cherry blossoms with over 5,000 cherry blossom trees within and around the park. The city hosts a Cherry Blossom festival between 1-15 April [2]; Click for more about Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.


Rickshaw Run at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Rickshaw Run at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

1-11 Mar 2013

The annual rickshaw run, is the craziest way to sample authentic Vietnamese food and culture. You will be taken on a fast and furious tour of the best restaurants, markets, and hawker food. It's a six-course flying frenzy on the most environmentally sustainable transport ever invented. [3]


Fallas, before igniting the papier maché models

Las Fallas, Valencia

Las Fallas, Valencia

15-19 Mar 2013

The five day festival is a carnival of bonfires, fireworks, parades, shows, and other festivities, as it also celebrates the arrival of spring. Every day the day starts at 8 am sharp with a ‘wakeup call or la Desperata as it is called. Bands march down the main streets of the town and firecrackers are burned as peppy music rents the air. At 2 pm it’s time for the La Mascleta which takes place in the different neighborhoods of the city – this is a run up to the main event of Mascleta held on 19 March at the Plaça de l’Ajuntamen. Every night there are firework displays in the city and the final one on the last night is the most magnificent with firecrackers and fireworks lighting up the skies. [4]. Read more [5].


Pilgrims gather at the third Shahi Snan in Har ki Pauri to take the Royal Bath in Ganga River

Indian Kumbh Mela festival

Indian Kumbh Mela festival

14 Jan- 10 March 2013

Millions of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their bodies plunged into the frigid waters of India's holy Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony in the northern city of Allahabad took place on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days. Over 110 million people are expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the place where three rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati — come together at the edge of this North Indian city. [6]


Chinese New Year, Las Vegas Style

Chinese New Year, Las Vegas Style

Jan-Mar 2013

Las Vegas is hosting multiple events in honor of the Year of the Snake. Cultural events, music, dragon dances, and specialty menus highlight this event on the Strip, and Downtown. [7]


February 2013

Venezian Gondola

Carnival of Venice

Carnival of Venice

2-12 Feb 2013

Associated with the famous masquerade ball


Quebec’s Winter Carnival

Quebec’s Winter Carnival

1-17 Feb 2013

The city will be transformed into a land of colorful parades, glittering ice palaces and spectacular snow sculptures. Alongside an Ice Palace Stage, Broadway-style dance shows, an international ice sculpture competition, winter camping and a snow pentathlon, the carnival will feature a host of new events and activities. [8]


Carnival Celebrations

2013 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

2013 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

8-11 Feb 2013

Brazil’s most popular and festive holiday as well as one of the world’s biggest celebrations when the streets of Rio de Janeiro come alive with wild parties, festivals and glamorous balls. The Samba School Parade is the highlight of the four-day event. Performers, clad in ornate costumes embellished with feathers, beads and thousands of sequins, dance down the parade route alongside dazzling floats and into the Sambadrome-a dance stadium built for the event. Judges award a prize to the most spectacular group of dancers. [9]



The Rex parade is one of Mardi Gras' most famous and beautiful

12 Feb 2013



Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco

Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco

23 Feb 2013

Two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America. The celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. All the festivities culminate with Chinese New Year Parade.





January 2013

Sydney Festival 2013

Sydney Festival 2013

5- 27 Jan 2013

Celebrations for the festival kick off with Festival First Night – a large scale free event in the parks, streets, and lane-lays of the city, which is an exclusive feast of music, dance, and visual spectacle on the streets. Reaching an audience of more than 200,000 people, the Festival First Night is celebrated on the first Saturday of the Festival while more free concerts await Sydneysiders and visitors on subsequent two Saturdays. The Sydney Festival creates a welcoming and unique global ambience which showcases the striking city of Sydney through a feast of world class performances in theatre, music, dance, fireworks, visual arts, and food. The peak celebrations of the festival are the Australia Day festivities on 26th January with ferry races and tall ship displays at the iconic Sydney Harbour. The festival with its wide range of free events and easy pricing policies for the shows with tickets ensures that everyone can participate in the Sydney Festival celebrations. [10]


International Kite Festival 2013, Gujarat

International Kite Festival 2013, Gujarat

14 Jan 2013

Gujarat’s International Kite Festival is held every year in Ahmedabad. Skies above the city come alive with kites- in a hundred different colours, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth. The Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation organises the International Kite Festival at a local stadium, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. [11]


Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival China

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival China

Jan 2013

The event, held since 1963, can last more than a month, depending on the weather, and attracts visitors from around the world who come to see the elaborate ice and snow sculptures. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairytale characters equipped with LED lights, bringing a colorful and warm aura to the icy wonderland. [12]


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