The spring season stands in the light of change: the sun is finally starting to burst through drab winter days, flowers are beginning to blossom and us humans finally feel recharged with energy, motivation and spring-feelings all around. Honour this seasonal boost and ditch the spring-clean for later – use these mild months to celebrate the spring equinox in a different part of the world and embrace the change! Here are some ideas that will help you relax and recharge during your spring holidays!
Festival of Colours, Pushkar
What better way to spend your spring holidays than dancing in an explosion of colours with thousands of people? Each year, cities around India celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours that sees people throwing coloured powder and spices at each other as they parade through the streets to upbeat music. At various stages throughout the day, crowds erupt into an epic water fight that partially washes off the colours but leaves your clothes stained in a myriad of designs – your very own wearable canvas to take home as a souvenir!
Saluting the Californian Sun
It’s no secret that yogis of all levels share a special connection to the natural environment, the ebb and flow of the seasons, and a strong awareness of the solar and lunar cycles. You don’t need to be a bearded, certified guru who can twist his body into impossible positions to be able to achieve this mindfulness – we are all affected by the sun, the moon, the weather and the seasons. If you want to learn more about this sacred connection, there’s no better time to explore it than during the spring holidays. You will find plenty of stunning yoga retreats around the world, but the Spring Equinox Yoga Retreat at the Mayacamas Ranch in Sonomo, California, includes hiking and wine tasting….so yeah, that one sounds like a bit of a no-brainer.
Feel Good Vibes in Eindhoven
The spring season is all about feeling good, so it sounds like we’re at the right place at this market in Eindhoven, Holland’s famous “City of Light”. Located in the Strijp-S centre – a centre for the arts and various other leisure activities, small businesses and exhibition spaces – the Feel Good Market takes place on every third Sunday of the month and is the go-to place for handmade creations and the most original finds. It’s colourful and quirky and offers organic food stalls, workshops and a whole crew of gezellig (convivial) people.
Andorra Mountain Beats & Horizon Kissing
For those of you looking to dive deeper into the underground the Horizon Festival in Andorra, promises dope beats in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. This may be your last opportunity to taste the powder and ski these incredible slopes so you might as well end the season with a slamming party, right? This year’s line-up includes Motor City Drum Ensamble, Riot Jazz, Eva Lazerus and Visionobi, and mind-blowing events such as the Forest Paintball Wars, Campfire Comedy and the Hot Spa Cinema. Book your tickets to this one last winter-hoorah now!
A Glass of Wine in Eguisheim
Voted 2013’s Village préféré des Français (Favourite French Village), Eguisheim is the perfect place to toast to the spring season ahead. The cobblestone streets and colourful houses evoke images of the village in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Eguisheim’s charming little cafés and restaurants inspire leisurely afternoons and evenings that invite to linger over a glass of Alsace wine. To me, spring signifies days spent people watching and soaking in the first proper sun rays of the year over a creamy cup of coffee or a glass of wine – I couldn’t imagine a better place to start my spring holidays than in Eguisheim!