We know that the #BlossTribe loves to travel, so if the prospect of being clad head-to-toe in orange, drenched by water pistols or tapping your feet to soothing jazz, R&B and gospel sounds appealing, you’ll want to spend your Easter holidays in the world’s festival capitals.
It’s not too late to lock in your April travel plans. The beginning of Spring in the northern
hemisphere, Easter celebrations and various national festivals make April a particularly
festive month to travel.
We caught up with Teresa Richardson, Managing Director of The Travel Corporation in South Africa, to chat about her top last-minute Easter holiday picks.
1. Semana Santa in Seville
Semana Santa falls in the week before Easter, 21 April, and includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Nowhere are these celebrations more
poignant than in Seville where processions of floats or pasos representing part of The Passion of Christ line the streets. Of particular curiosity for visitors, however, are the
nazarenos who wear robes with conical hoods.
2. Songkran in Thailand
There’s no hope of keeping dry if you visit Thailand over its Songkran New Year’s festivities from 13-15 April. While Khao San and Silom roads in Bangkok are the two hotspots to get more than your feet wet with locals and foreigners joining in the fun, Songkran is celebrated across the country. Just make sure you’ve put your phone and wallet in a waterproof pouch before you dive in!
3. Anzac Day in Turkey
Pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting at Gallipoli during a stirring
dawn tribute at Anzac Cove in Turkey. A day of special significance for the Turkish,
Australian and New Zealand nations, Anzac Day is commemorated annually on 25 April.
Recommended trips: Trafalgar offers a special departure tour which sees travellers visit
Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields first-hand during their visit to Turkey, which also
includes a visit to Ephesus and the cotton castles of Pamukkale.
4. New Orleans Jazz Festival
Where better to celebrate International Jazz Day than in the home of jazz itself, New
Orleans? The New Orleans Jazz Festival, held from 26 April to 6 May, is a feast for the senses and this year it celebrates 50 years of bringing such musical greats to the masses as The Rolling Stones, Santana, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.
5. Koningsdag, The Netherlands
Embrace your love of all things orange and join the Dutch for their epic annual celebration of the King’s birthday. Think street markets, live music and cold beer, with every nook and cranny resplendent in the national colour of Holland. Held on 27 th April, this official holiday marks the birthday of King Willem-Alexander and is known as one of the biggest street parties in the world.
Our top tip? With Easter weekend falling on 19-22 April this year, and an additional holiday on 1 May, you score a two-week holiday by taking six days off. What better way to spend it than celebrating the fun and festive atmosphere with the locals in an exciting new country?
Wherever you are travelling to this Easter, remember to be safe and enjoy every minute with your loved ones. Tag us using the hashtag #BlossTribe!