The Balinese are skilled artisans and are also noted for their traditional dance, the distinctive music of the gamelan and for their skills in weaving cloth. Another tradition is Nyepi, an ancient festival marking the Balinese New Year. On New Year's day itself the island comes to a complete standstill and so is a great time to visit to experience this fascinating tradition.
Named after the copper blades used by the native Tetsot’ine people, Yellowknife occupies a dramatic site on the northern edge of the Great Slave Lake. In March this and the much smaller Frame Lake, are frozen over which gives the people of Yellowknife the chance to gather and celebrate the annual Caribou Carnival.
A celebration of the tastes of the wild west coast, the annual Hokitika Wild Food Festival has become a major event in New Zealand’s calendar. New wild foods are introduced every year such as huhu grubs, fish eyes and venison tongue. With a wealth of entertainment and live music alongside the stalls, the weekend-long event offers something for everyone.
Holi, "Festival of Colours" is celebrated in India with elephant sports, loud parades, music, dance and powder paint to welcome the season of spring and end of winters. On the day of the festival, people apply dry and wet colours each other or exchange small gifts. Holi is celebrated with same enthusiasm all over India but Jaipur in March is one of the best places to see it.
The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.
The festival is held at the city stadium during March each year and starts with a procession of elephants, camels and horses followed by folk dancers. Later elephant races, elephant-polo matches and tug-of-war between elephants and men will be held.
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 Wairarapa valley is at the bottom of the north island, around 20 or so miles east of the Capital, Wellington. Every March sees competitors take part in the spectacular Genesis Wairarapa International Balloon Fiesta. During the festival, it is possible to take a balloon ride and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley and the surrounding rugged Tararua ranges.
March is a great time to visit Morocco, blue skies and plenty of sunshine make it an ideal time for exploring this diverse country.
Crowds pack Chicago the weekend before St Patrick’s Day to take part in the celebrations. Two grand parades are hosted, drawing hundreds of thousands of Irish people from all over the world.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada where some of the cultural attractions can easily rival those of London and New York. If you happen to be in the city in March, as well as soaking up the local history and culture, you can also enjoy the annual St Patrick's Day Parade.
Ningaloo Reef on the west coast of Australia have some of the finest diving to be found anywhere and can easily be ranked up there with the Indian Ocean and Caribbean. As well as experiencing a plethora of colourful marine life, at certain times of the year you can spend a relaxing afternoon with the beautiful and elegant whale sharks.
One of the best times to visit India to view its incredible wildlife - particularly its iconic tigers - is March. The climate is warm in and it is generally dry. Accordingly, sightings can be higher as the water holes dry up and animals congregate at the few that remain.
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