ADVENTURES OF A LIFETIME
FESTIVALS OF THE WORLD: WHERE TO GO IN MARCH 2017
NOCHE DE BRUJAS
Event: Noche de Brujas (Night of the Witches)
Where: Catemaco, Mexico
When: 3 March
Witness or participate in the spectacle that is Noche de Brujas (Night of the Witches), a celebration of all things mystical and medieval. The annual festival located in the pretty coastal town of Catemaco is the hub of Mexico’s witchcraft and witch-doctor industry. Traditions are a mixture of ancient indigenous beliefs, Spanish medieval traditions and voodoo customs from West Africa. The festival was started by a local shaman who hosted a witchcraft convention in 1970. Today, hundreds of witches, sorcerers, spiritualists and fortune-tellers from all over Mexico gather to perform a mass cleansing ceremony to rid themselves of the previous year’s negative energies.
Event: Calle Ocho (Eighth Street)
Where: Miami, Florida
When: 12 March
Click here to see our trips to Florida
Where: Across India and Nepal
When: 13 March
Holi also celebrates spring, a season of joy and hope that sees people hugging while wishing one another ‘Happy Holi.’ Join in on the festive fun, smear coloured powder over people’s faces, chuck buckets of coloured water in the air and dance under sprinklers.
Read more about our India trips
Event: Las Fallas
Where: Valencia, Spain
When: 15-19 March
Watch huge figures of papier-mâché on wood that have been built by teams of local artists prance down the streets of Valencia. Devour warm buñuelos (fried dough balls) dunked in thick heavenly chocolate as dazzling fireworks light up the sky. During the finale on the 19th, gather in the Plaza Ayuntamiento to see the Fallas mounted on stands being burned to create huge bonfires.
Book a trip to Spain here
ST PATRICK'S DAY
Event: St Patrick’s Day
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: 17 March
Throw on your greenest outfit and party with the Irish in Dublin for St Patrick’s Day. This annual festival remembers St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who ministered Christianity in in the country during the 5th century. Grab a pint of Guinness or a keep warm with a hot toddy, a comforting concoction made with whiskey, hot water, honey and spices. Dance and cheer on the flamboyant procession, which starts on Parnell Square and heads down O’Connell Street through College Green before finishing at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Click here to see our trips to Ireland