Hanami, Japan (March – May)
When spring approaches, Japan turns a beautiful shade of pink as the country’s iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) captivate the nation as thousands indulge in one of Japan’s favourite pastimes called “hanami”. Hanami quite literally means “looking at flowers” and manifests itself as flower appreciation picnics under the blossoms. This is undoubtedly one of Japan’s most cherished and most beautiful traditions.
Songkran, Thailand (April 12th – April 16th)
The Songkran water festival is tied to the Thai New Year and is one of the most popular celebrations in the country. Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “passing” or “approaching”. In April, the hottest month of the year, the entire country participates in friendly water fights which symbolise washing off all the misfortunes of the past year and welcoming the next one with a fresh start. Read our Thailand itinerary and allow us to create the perfect bespoke itinerary with lots of time for festival fun, amidst utter relaxation.
Las Fallas, Spain (March 15th – March 19th)
Spain is famous for its unique and wonderful street festivals, and this fiesta is no exception. Las Fallas is held to commemorate Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia. Locals build giant puppets and dolls out of cardboard, wood, paper machè and plaster, often these constructions are well over 20 feet tall. They are then paraded through the streets to tower over excited spectators, before setting them alight. Spectacular fireworks set off from every angle and, of course expect plenty of dancing in the streets.
Tulip Festival, Canada (May 11th – May 21st)
Ottawa has officially celebrated the colourful tulip since 1953 to commemorate Canada’s special relationship with the Netherlands during World War II. This year, between May 11th and May 21st millions of tulips will set the stage for a celebration of art, culture, and history complete with spectacular fireworks and outdoor entertainers. Combine a trip to Ottawa with our New York destination itinerary, with regular direct flights to New York and journey time of approximately ninety minutes.