Human Planet Explorer
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.
Frozen Planet were in Barrow, Alaska at the time of their annual Spring whaling festival, which culminates in the Nalukataq, or blanket toss.
Frozen Planet were in Barrow, Alaska at the time of their annual Spring whaling festival, which culminates in the Nalukataq, or blanket toss. In this celebration, members of the community get thrown into the air from the top of a 'blanket' formed from the skin of one of the whaling boats. Director Elizabeth got to have a go.
The people of Kangiqsujuaq venture under the sea ice during extreme low tides to gather mussels.
The people of Kangiqsujuaq in Canada go to great lengths to add variety to their diet, venturing under the sea ice during extreme low tides to gather mussels. They have less than an hour before the tide rushes back in.
Matt Baker heads for the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire to surf the Severn Bore.
Matt comes face-to-face with the tidal wave which makes its way up the river several times a year. It is a natural phenomenon that mystified ancient people and is still a draw for thrill seekers today.
Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar experiences Holi, a spring Hindu festival.
Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar experiences Holi, a spring Hindu festival celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and water at each other.
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. 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 the cultures have locally defined names for seasons which have little equivalence to the terms originating in Europe.
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