World Events Calendar: March Events

January 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

St Patrick’s Day, worldwide 17th March

St Patrick’s Day ParadeWith over 36,000,000 people in the United States claiming to be of Irish descent, it’s perhaps not surprising that the largest St Patrick’s Day celebrations take place outside of Ireland. New York is reportedly the best place to spend St Patrick’s Day, with the world’s largest parade followed by all night parties in the city’s numerous Irish pubs. Other cities in the USA also take St Patrick’s Day very seriously; every year in Chicago, for example, the waters of the river are dyed shamrock green.

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That’s not to say that Ireland doesn’t know how to paint the town green. St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday throughout the country, and this year in Dublin the calendar of events will last for 5 days,with thousands of people turning up to watch a huge parade featuring marching bands from all over the world.

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Las Fallas, Valencia, Spain 15th-19th March

Las Fallas, Valencia, SpainLas Fallas (or Falles in the Valencian language) is a huge street party held every year in Valencia in honour of the patron saint, St. Joseph. From 8am every day during the festival the streets are filled with brass bands and brightly coloured costumes, and fireworks fill the sky. The event officially lasts for 5 days (although nowadays parties continue for anywhere up to 2 weeks), culminating with La Cremà and the burning of the fallas. Each neighbourhood of the city produces its own ninot, an oversized paper or cardboard puppet, normally a satirical effigy of a celebrity or politician, which sits atop a mountain of firecrackers and is set on fire at midnight.

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26th March-4th April Semana Santa, Seville, Spain

Semana Santa, SevilleSeville is home to Spain’s most famous and most passionate Semana Santa celebrations. Every year, crowds swarm to the city to witness the spectacle and absorb the atmosphere as dozens of processions pass through the street, made up of pasos, or floats, carrying lifelike wooden figures representing individual scenes of the Passion. The processions are organised and led by members of religious brotherhoods, wrapped up in hooded cloaks, which lends an eerie air to the events for the unaccustomed onlooker.

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