We all know about the pagan roots of Novruz and its ancient history. But the spring holidays existed in different cultures long before the appearance of traditional religions. Somewhere they disappeared, and somewhere they rejoice until now. What to do if you are in another country on Novruz? Maybe they also have their own spring holiday, which will be your second Novruz? Let's check the festive calendar and the tradition.
The Spanish holiday of Fallas impresses with its atmosphere. This year it will be held from 15 to 19 March. Fallas is connected, like Novruz, with the spring equinox, but is dedicated to St. Joseph. Fallas - a national holiday in Spain, but especially solemnly and spectacularly it is celebrated in Valencia.
Interestingly, the fire here also plays a special role, at the time of the carnival of Fallas, salutes are thundering everywhere and the firecrackers are exploding. And in the culmination of the holiday burned on the fires of huge dolls, which are called - the fall.
The Spring Festival in Mexico is celebrated exactly on the days of Novruz celebrations - on March 20 and 21. This is a very ancient and mystical holiday, taking its origins in the pre-Hispanic era. The main holiday is held in the ancient capital of the Mayan civilization of Chichen Itza. Everywhere there are theatrical performances, and also large-scale ritual dances in colorful national costumes.
The Day of the Surfer
And in England there is a festival of spring. Here it is an ancient Druid holiday, which was previously played on the horn of the Tower of London. Today it is also very peculiar - on March 20, to meet the spring, on the beaches of Gloucestershire, surfers from all over England gather and conquer the water expanses of the coast.