The arrival of spring is celebrated in different ways around the world, from paint throwing during the Hindu festival of Holi to dressing up in outrageous costumes for Brazil’s Mardi Gras. In England, surfers celebrate the Spring Equinox by riding the Severn Bore, a tidal wave that rolls down the River Severn.

Watch a selection of clips from past BBC programmes that explore how people celebrate springtime around the world.


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About Spring

Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.

Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Subtropical and tropical areas have climates better described in terms of other seasons, e.g. dry or wet, monsoonal or cyclonic. Often, cultures have locally defined names for seasons which have little equivalence to the terms originating in Europe.

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