How does Europe celebrate the coming of spring?
Kite Festival – Berck-sur-Mer, France
Kite fans will undoubtedly have a great time in northern France, at the Kite Festival which is organized in April every year. Berck-sur-Mer hosts the biggest European kite festival, with fans from Japan, Malaysia, USA and the rest of Europe. Visitors can admire the beautiful kites in various shapes, from flying fishes to the monstrous creatures, and enjoy watching the thrilling competitions.
Feria de Abril – Seville, Spain
Flamenco dancers, horse riding shows and an abundance of tempting culinary delights – it’s a lively April fair in the capital of Andalusia.
Sechseläuten – Zürich, Switzerland
Getting tired of winter? We have a solution for you – on the third weekend in April, come at the Zurich feast of Sächsilüüten (literally meaning “the six o’clock bells”) and tell her goodbye. Thousands of locals and tourists flock to Zurich to have a good time. Do not miss the colorful parade of the guilds, and the culmination of the celebrations with the burning of a rag doll in the shape of a snowman which is supposed to represent winter, and is called Böögg.
Scoppio del Carro – Florence, Italy
Come and attend the Scoppio del Carro (or burning wagon) festivities. Preserving the old tradition, beautifully decorated wagons stand in front of the cathedral on Easter Sunday. Towards the end of the Mass, a mechanical dove is released carrying a burning wick, which then lights up the fireworks prepared on a cart. In this way, it is believed that the blessings of Easter are being spread everywhere.
Marsden Cuckoo Day – Marsden, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
According to the legend, the people of Marsden had come to a conclusion that the arrival of a cuckoo bird to the village brings good weather. This is a good enough reason to make this event a yearly festival, which is usually thrown towards the end of April.