The cherry blossom season (called hanami locally) is a national institution in Japanese society. Hanami (hana meaning flower and mi meaning to see or view) sees families, friends, work colleagues and sporting teams gather to sit on blue tarpaulin on avenues lined with cherry blossom trees and sing, chat and generally make merry until darkness falls.
The border between Brazil and Argentina is home to one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena - the Iguaçu Falls. The falls straddle the boarder between Brazil and northern Argentina (you can see them from both sides), where the Iguaçu River approaches the 3km wide precipice.
Although the Galapagos can be visited all year round we recommend April as a particularly good time to visit especially if you have an interest in birdlife. The weather is also more agreeable as it sees sunny days and blue skies interspersed with showers.
The annual Bluff Oyster and Southland Seafood Festival takes place at the Bluff Events Centre, Southland, New Zealand. The event showcases the rich and varied cuisine of New Zealand. Restaurants will offer a wide range of food, with particular emphasis on seafood. If you are in the South Island during April it's well worth visitng the small town of Bluff.
Whitehorse is named after the rapids on the Yukon River that reminded gold prospectors of the 'flowing manes of albino Appaloosas'. Every springtime the people of the town gather for the Celebration of Swans, the largest birding event in the Yukon.
Green Season in Zambia is a time of plenty, when animals take full advantage of the abundant food to give birth to their young, and when the Bush is at its most colourful. With parks empty of vehicles and prices a fraction of those in high season, this is a magical time for the safari enthusiast.
As the name suggests the aim of the festival is to break the world record for the longest gumboot throw. It is a family event, which includes a number of other competitions such as the best-dressed gumboot. The overall winner of the competition receives a golden gumboot.
Being a huge country surrounded by water, Australia is always going to be one of the top surfing locations in the world. Accordingly, if you are in the state of Victoria around Easter then you might like to make the journey to Bells Beach to see the longest-running professional surfing event in the world.
The Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) is a musical extravaganza with food and craft stalls and many stages of performing musicians.
Melbourne is one of Australia’s most enlightened cities so it's probably no surprise that each year in April it also plays host to one of the largest comedy festivals in the world - The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Navrus is regarded as the coming of spring and rebirth and is celebrated with concerts, trade fairs and national horseracing competitions. Summer clothes are also worn for the first time.
Luang Prabang has retained much of its majesty and tranquillity and is now a UNESCO protected site. The Pimay Festival celebrates the Laos New Year and the celebrations last for three days and during this period of festivities everybody throws water at each other. This festival provides an insight into the religion, beliefs and traditions of the Lao population.
The Nepalese celebrate spring and the New Year by throwing vermilion powder over each other during the Sindur Jatra Festival.
The annual Songkran Water Festival is celebrated in both Thailand and Cambodia as it coincides with the New Year of both these countries. People carry containers of water or water pistols and drench each other. There is also traditional dance and music.
Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival which normally occurs around mid-April. It takes place over a period of four to five days during which the Burmese throw water at each other to wash away the sins and bad luck of the previous year, in preparation for the new.
Sitting on the southern willow-clad shore of Lake Wanaka, the town of Wanaka is not only beautiful but also for three days during Easter, it hosts the exciting Wanaka International Airshow.
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