Holi, Cheese Festival, London Marathon: 4 major festivals from around the globe you must look forward to

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Holi — The Festival Of Colours
When: March 20/ 21, 2019
Where: Across North Indian states and other locales
The Festival of Colours is so enjoyable that it attracts score oftourists to India in order to witness the grandeur. While, individual states have a traditional way fo playing Holi, it is in Barsana and Vrindavan that Holi is played with Krishna’s playfulness and happy as the essense ofthe local song and dance like no other location in India.

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LET’S PLAY HOLI: Get past your old ways of misunderstandings and fights, today on Holi, just embrace and make a new start!

Legend has it that the tradition of Holi began amongst local people in the Braj region. This is where Lord Krishna is considered the prime deity. Spots including Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana depict beautiful styles of playing Holi even today. The festival ofHoli is celebrated for almost a month in Braj region. Interestingly, it is not just with colours! Yes, the women are traditionally said to chase men with Lathis (also called Lath). It is a friendly banter of sorts and the menfolk come prepared too. There’s song and dance and this Lathmaar Holi attracts photographers galore. In some regions, Floral Holi is played with locals dressing up as Krishna and Radha and the gopis.

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In Bihar, Holi is known as Phaguwa in the local Bhojpuri dialect. There are melodious songs that are sung and typical Holi delicacies are prepared. Prior to the day of playing Dulhendi or Phaguwa, which is all about cleverly spraying water and powdered colours (often derived from natural plant resources), the evening has Holika pyre lighting.

Cheese Festival
When: May 5, 2019
Where: Gruyeres, Switzerland
If you are fond of cheese and want to know the finest ways of preparing it then head to Switzerland. Along with cheese varieties from over Switzerland and other regions, the regional prairie and alpine cheeses will be showcased in the Gruye`re Guild production chalet.

A fine initiative by the Gruye`re Guild production chalet tends to bring together young and old alike who can then relish the pleasure of discovering the stages of a Gruye`re Cheese production over a wood fire. One can also see efforts of the Fribourg cooperative of cheese producers. Together, these local cheese makers promote their produce. What’s attractive is the session with tastings ofalpine cheese fondue. Ready?

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If you love cheese then celebrate its making process the Swiss way!

Not to miss:
Demonstration of different stages that show the production of cheese.
Tasting of alpine fondue. It is yum! Demonstration of what is a ‘wheelwright craftsman’. The event is all about conviviality, discovering produce from Switzerland and elsewhere and tasting regional delicacies. At each stand, a new cheese, a new taste, a new produce is presented.
From the entrance itself, the aroma ofcheese hovers in the air; not only from the numerous cheese stands, but also from the restaurants that offer traditional cheese dishes. In addition to the shops in Gruye`res where there is a vast choice of souvenirs, a dozen regional artisans will show their work: wooden spoons, embroidery, wood painting, woodturning and many others. For a festive and traditional atmosphere, country music, Alpine horns and flag thrower will animate throughout the day. Visitors will be guided in the typical style celebrating all things cheese-y.

London Marathon 2019
When: April 28, 2019
Where: London
The London Marathon is popular since eons now. This picturesque race is a longdistance running event held in London, United Kingdom as part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since.

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LONDON MARATHON: Athletes compete as they pass the Tower Bridge at the IAAF World Athletics Championships London (File shot. Picture is for presentational purposes only)

The race was founded by the former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley. It is organised by Hugh Brasher (son of Chris) as Race Director and Nick Bitel as Chief Executive. With beautiful spots that are covered during the event, this largely flat course is set around the River Thames. In addition to being one of the top six international marathons, the London Marathon is also a large, celebratory sporting festival.

Many people also tend to participate in the Mini London Marathon, which is the sister of The London Marathon. The course is shorter and is aimed at ages 11.17 from all 33 London Boroughs along with 13 teams from ten English regions and three Home Countries: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is also a Mini Wheelchair race on the day. Absolutely spectacular to watch and cheer for.

Novruz Bayram
When: March 20, 2019 onward
Where: Azerbaijan
The most cheerful and longawaited holiday of Azerbaijan . Novruz Bayram beckons, welcoming the spring season. Beginning a week-long celebration starting on March 20th, Novruz Bayram marks the start of the traditional new year. Traditionally, Novruz is celebrated in Baku . where the annual festival is set up near the Gosha Gala Gates of Icherisheher (Old city) and the Boulevard for several days. The holiday invites both residents and visitors to enjoy many new experiences in Baku.

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Welcoming the Spring season is the Novruz Bayram

This includes magician and rope walker performances, souvenirs and products of national craftsmanship, decorative arts, Mugham, classical and jazz music concerts. In addition, participants can also indulge in traditional cooking activities, experimenting with local delicacies such as shekerbura and pakhlava; as well as savor delicious Azerbaijani kebabs and plov. Festivities take place across the entire country including Sheki, Shamakhi, Nakhchivan, Guba and Ganja.

The colorful holiday is one of the most popular periods of the year for tourists to visit. Although there are many ongoing traditions and events throughout the season, the most well-known one is eAkhir Charshanbef. The traditional activity involves jumping over a bonfire on the last Wednesday prior to the season or during the week, jumping seven times over a bonfire to purify the soul and relinquish your sins before the start of the New Year.

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