Top picks for March festivals

Friday, 24 February 2012 10:01 AM

Thinking of heading away for a short break this March? Here’s a roundup of some of the best European festivals next month, from burning huge statues and fireworks, to the world famous Irish festival and the cultural highlight of the year in Budapest, March sees some pretty great events taking place.  

March 3rd Festa de Sant Medir, Barcelona, Spain - March 3rd sees the residents of Barcelona’s Gracia district celebrate the day of Saint Medir, by decorating horse-drawn carts and parading through the streets, showering the crowd with sweets. The carts make a pilgrimage to the hermitage of Sant Medir in the nearby Collserola hills for mass and return in the evening for more celebrations. 

 

March 16th – 19th Las Fallas, Valencia - Las Fallas is Valencia’s biggest and most explosive (literally) festival of the year. The celebration begins with an ear-splitting firecracker display, known as las mascletas on March 1st, although most of the festivities begin on the 16th. The days follow in parades, music and partying all week long, and culminatesin the burning of hundreds of papier-mâché effigies across the city. Only the winning design will be saved and preserved in the Fallero Museum. 

 

March 16th – 19th St Patrick’s Day Festival, Dublin, Ireland - The most famous Irish festival of them all will be happening this March - St Patrick’s Day. The festival which honours the Irish patron saint will be held over four days and this year will be focused on the theme of science. During this time the streets of Dublin will be awash with green and come alive with carnival parades, pageants, music, dancing, and the ever popular city treasure hunt. 

 

March 12th – 26th Budapest Spring Music Festival, Hungary - The Budapest Spring Music Festival is the biggest cultural event of the year and features classical music concerts, theatre performances and dance shows. The festival attracts famous opera, jazz and classical musicians from all over the world and there will be over 200 events to choose from over the two weeks. 

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