Easter Treats: April Festivals

Written by  larapiegeler

Seville's Feria de April, a Spanish whirlwind of flamenco, sherry and fairground fun, kicks off the outdoor, sunshine-dependent festival season of April.

The San Marco National Fair in Aguascalientes does just as admirable a job of rejoicing in everything Mexican, so if you want to spend April wandering through old streets past 16th century baroque buildings, trying spicy snacks and watching traditional rodeos, bullfights and cock fights to the sound of Spanish guitars, this festival is for you.

Equally capable of sweeping you away on a wave of April festival passion – joy and delicious misery alike – is the New Orleans Jazz Festival, at which you’ll hear gospel, blues, funk and R&B performed by some of the world’s most respected musicians, not to mention some unbelievable, one-off collaborative festival sessions.

For even more unrestrained, impulsive April merriment, experience Thai New Year, or Songkran, in Bangkok. The combination of festival foods, festival alcohol and public water fights could hardly fail to beat the British April blues once and for all – and which other festival gives you a second chance to make a new year’s resolution!

Exquisitely beautiful, traditional Japanese festival, the Gion Matsuri held in a picture perfect Kyoto April.

If you’d rather stick with Easter in April, then try spending it in Peru, where even the smallest villages re-enact Bible stories with reverent care and in royally beautiful detail via parades, plays and church services, and the whole Semana Santa is marked by live music, festival dances and food markets.

One of Morocco's most important saints’ days, or ‘Moussems’ takes place in April, too: that of Sidi Ben Aissa. The ochre shades of the romantic, evocative city of Meknes are set off by a group of white, medieval-style tents which are set up in the central square, and jousting and pistol fights are staged, magicians execute death-defying stunts, traditional Moroccan music and festival dances are performed, and a buzzing souk appears to fill the remaining space in the noisy April air.

Where to spend you April holidays

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