2010 World Events Calendar: April Events

January 14, 2010 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

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

Semana Santa, Seville
Seville 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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3rd April The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, London, England


Held not in Oxford or in Cambridge but in London, the University Boat Race has been running since 1829 when a student at Cambridge challenged his Oxford friend to a race along the Thames. Today, over 250,000 people crowd the banks of the river to witness the occasion which is now a major sporting event. The race runs from Putney to Mortlake and will start at 4:30.

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30th April: Queen’s Day, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Queen’s Day, Amsterdam, NetherlandsQueen’s Day takes place on the 30th April, the official birthday of the queen of the Netherlands. Oranjegekte (‘orange craze’) is unleashed, with the colour orange appearing everywhere from people’s clothing to the food and drink. One of the main activities to take place on Queen’s Day is the vrijmarket or ‘free market’, a sort of nationwide car boot sale, although there are also plenty of parties and open air concerts going on all over the place.

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