Whether you like world music in your own back yard, a cheeky pint for St Paddy’s Day or Nature at its blushing best, there’s plenty to see and do in March. So dust off your passport, grab some mates and get ready to hit the road for these amazing excuses to travel the world.
This music festival brings some of the finest artists from around the world to Adelaide, along with international cooking displays at Taste the World, food stalls offering dishes from the Barossa to Bangalore, and a healing village packed with alternative therapies. This year’s line-up includes Aboriginal singer-songwriter Archie Roach, Grammy Award-winning Malian songstress Oumou Sangare and Toni Childs.
WOMADelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, March 10-13, 2017
Film, interactive media, comedy and music festivals meet industry conference at SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas. Tens of thousands of people swell the city’s ranks each year, hopping from venue to venue to see their favourite bands in an intimate setting. This year will see Weezer and Wu Tang Clan put in an appearance. Pick up some records and vintage clothes while you’re in town, and take a dip in Barton Springs Pool.
SXSW, Austin, USA, March 10-19, 2017
Holi – the ‘festival of colours’ – is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in most parts of India, where people spray each other with coloured powder. Head to Udaipur for a regal celebration with the Mewar royal family, including a procession from the palace with lavishly turned out horses and a royal band. Holi in Delhi is popular with expats, particularly the Holi Moo Festival, featuring more than 40 performers over four stages, as well as street food and sprinklers.
Holi, India, March 13, 2017
St Patrick’s Festival
On March 17, St Patrick’s Day, we celebrate the feats of the man who brought Christianity to Ireland and reputedly ‘drove the snakes out’ of the Emerald Isle, by wearing green and drinking green beer. Naturally, the Irish capital, Dublin, holds a tremendous knees-up over four days. There are 3,000 artists, musicians, dancers, poets and performers at more than 30 events. Don’t miss the Festival Parade at noon on St Patrick’s Day.
St Patrick’s Festival, March 16-19, Dublin, Ireland
It’s time to get fired up for the Las Fallas Festival in the Spanish city of Valencia. In the weeks leading up to this fiery festival, giant cardboard dolls – ninots – fill the city and fireworks displays are held daily. The whole festival culminates in a spectacle of light as the ninots are burned, amid music, fireworks and much drinking and dancing in the street. Other festivities include a floral offering to the Virgin Mary, parades, bullfights and more.
Las Fallas, Valencia, Spain, March 15-19, 2017
Cherry Blossom Season
Hanami is the Japanese art of flower enjoyment and consists mostly of having picnics under the sakura, or cherry blossoms. The advent of these fluffy pink flowers is keenly awaited, with the season generally running from late March through April in Japan. The latest forecast has blooms beginning in Tokyo on March 24, Fukuoka on March 25, and Kyoto and Osaka on March 29.
Hanami, Japan, late March 2017
* Featured image: The colours fly at Holi. Image: Getty