Welcome Spring.

The snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and the days are getting warmer. It must be spring!  Take a look at some of the big celebrations that happen during this season to mark the end of winter all over the world.
However you choose to celebrate this year, we hope that you will always take into consideration your local health and safety guidelines to protect yourself, your loved ones and others.

Easter

The springtime celebration of Easter might be a Christian tradition but it’s also a celebration of new beginnings and the changing seasons.

It’s a day for some fun family activities too, like decorating eggs and searching for the hidden treats around the house or yard. This year Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 4th.

Passover

The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated for seven or eight days, depending on the branch of Judaism the person practices. Passover begins the evening of March 27 and ends the evening of April 4.

The celebration begins on the first day at sundown, when family members gather for a special dinner called a seder (pronounced SAY-dur). Most breads aren’t allowed during Passover, but matzo—a flat, cracker-like bread without yeast—is an exception. During the meal, families and friends recall stories about their ancestors’ time of slavery and celebrate their independence.

Holi

Bright neon powder covers revelers in northern India during the annual Hindu celebration called Holi , held in March. Known as the festival of colors, Holi is celebrated on the last full moon in the lunar month of Phalguna.

This ancient tradition marks the end of winter and honors the triumph of good over evil. Celebrants light bonfires, throw colorful powder called gulal, eat sweets, and dance to traditional folk music.

Nowruz

Nowruz (pronounced NO-rooz) means “New Day” and marks the beginning of spring. Also known as the Persian New Year, it’s celebrated by millions of people in Iran and other countries, especially throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. The holiday falls in March.

Families celebrate Nowruz by cleaning their homes and having a big feast. A table is usually arranged with seven items that start with the letter in the Persian language—such as sprouts (sabzeh) and dried fruit (senjed). Each item symbolizes a principle, such as love or rebirth. Some people also exchange gifts or attend street festivals to ring in the new year.

Songkran

Songkran, a celebration marking the Thai New Year, is all about making a fresh start with a splash. The festival in Thailand kicks off on April 13 in 2021 and usually lasts three days, though festivities can start early or end later in some cities.

Water plays a major role in the festival. Symbolically it washes away the previous year so people can get ready for the next one. Many Songkran traditions use water, such as cleaning homes and sprinkling water on Buddha statues and the hands of elders. Outside, Songkran is celebrated with street parties and a giant friendly water fight.

However, you choose to celebrate this year we hope that you will always take into consideration your local health and safety guidelines to protect yourself, your loved ones and others.

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