Udaipur’s Mewar Spring Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring and coincides with the Gangaur festival.
MEWAR SPRING FESTIVAL
April 9 to 11, Udaipur, India
Udaipur’s Mewar Spring Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring and coincides with the Gangaur festival. The main attraction is the procession of colourfully attired women carrying images of the Goddess Gauri to Lake Pichola. The images are transferred to special boats amidst much singing and festivity. The festival culminates with an impressive fireworks display and a procession of boats on the lake.
UISEONG SANSUYU FESTIVAL
March 26 to April 3, Gyeongsang, South Korea
Uiseong Sansuyu Village is gilded with the bright yellow of thousands of sansuyu, or Japanese Cornelian cherry flowers. The streetlights are kept on throughout the night to allow visitors to enjoy the view of flowers in the dark. The festival also features various activities including the sansuyu flower photo contest as well as hands-on experiences like rice cake pounding and sansuyu tea tasting.
April 3, Putrajaya, Malaysia
An Ironman 70.3, or Half Ironman, is one of a series of long distance triathlon races organised by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman triathlon. The Ironman 70.3 series culminates each year with a World Championship competition, for which competitors qualify for during the 70.3 series in the 12 months prior to the championship race. This year’s Time Ironman 70.3 will take place at Floria, Precinct 4, Putrajaya, the home of the Royal Floria Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival.
March 23 to 26, Hong Kong
Art Central, Hong Kong’s contemporary art fair with a distinctly Asian edge returns to the iconic Central Harbourfront today. The fair builds upon the success of last year’s inaugural event that attracted 30,000 art collectors, VIPs and the art-loving public from Hong Kong and around the world. The event presents more than 100 hand-selected galleries from 20 countries, 70 per cent hailing from 23 cities across greater Asia. The programme includes interactive installations, engaging panel discussions, performance art, tours and Hong Kong’s hottest eateries. Art Central 2016 is the perfect place to discover and buy art.
FOOD&HOTEL ASIA 2016
April 12to 15, Singapore
One of the most anticipated international trade events for Asia’s food and hospitality industry, this annual celebration features a wide variety of food and hospitality products. You can also enjoy six specialised exhibitions namely Food Asia, Hotel Asia, Bakery & Pastry, Hospitality Style Asia, Hospitality Technology and Speciality Coffee & TeaPlus, all in one place.
SCOPPIO DEL CARRO - EXPLOSION OF THE CART
March 27, Florence, Italy
Florence takes residents and visitors back to the ancient Crusade of 1099 with the Easter festival of the Scoppi del Carro or the Explosion of the Cart. In the morning, the 10-metre-tall antique cart is hauled by a team of white oxen from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza del Duomo. The holy fire, started with the historical shards of the Holy Sepulchre, is lit in the Church of SS Apostoli and transported to the Duomo, where the archbishop of the city lights the sacred Colombina, a dove-shaped rocket, during the Easter Mass. The rocket travels out of the Duomo along a wire, sets fire to the huge array of fireworks attached to the carro and returns back into the church the way it came. If the Cart burns right down, then the Florentines’ lives will be enriched and their harvests plentiful.