From 1st to 19th March every year Valencia is host to the Falles festival - a spectacular pyrotechnic tradition in which street parties, bonfires and parades culminate in the traditional burning of giant, often-satirical wooden puppets. If that sounds like a lot to take in, you should probably go and see it for the full impact.
Falles is a traditional celebration of the coming of spring. Historically the carpenters of the town constructed, and then burned, their own wooden creations. These days the Falles attracts a million visitors to Valencia each year, was added to UNESCO's "Intangible Cultural Heritage" list in 2016, and runs for almost three weeks from the start of March.
There's arguably nowhere better on Earth to celebrate St Patrick's Day than the Irish capital itself (Boston and New York would probably put up their own argument), and after two years in which the parades and celebrations were cancelled due to Covid, 2022 looks to be the biggest and best celebration ever.
Running this year from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th March, Dublin's celebrations are set to include a "Connections" themed parade, celebrating the Irish diaspora and the international connections that have been missing from our lives for the past two years.
Why go to Japan in March? For the sakura, the legendary cherry blossom that fills the parks and forests through March and April.
Timing is everything, and even with careful planning you can't guarantee the blossom will be out when you go. It lasts for about two weeks throughout the country, starting in the southern islands towards the end of March and ending in May at the north of Honshu, the northern island.
Japan is currently closed to most visitors, but if you want to see cherry blossom this year we recommend San Diego which has lots of trees and a sakura festival from 11th to 13th March.
Why March for the Canaries? The winter sun-seekers who flee England in the depths of winter have mostly left, half-term is over and Easter yet to begin, and the islands are as quiet and gentle as they get. March is a time to enjoy the islands at their restful best with temperatures mild (but still much, much warmer than home).
In 2022, Egypt is celebrating. There are multiple centenaries this year, including 100 years since independence and the opening of Tutenkhamun's tomb, and 200 years since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. So if you're going to go, 2022 is the year.
There's several ways to visit Egypt. One is to head out to the Red Sea resorts of Sharm-El-Sheik or Hurgharda, stay by the beach and take the occasional guided tour inland to see the sights. Another is to base yourself in Cairo and enjoy the star attractions of the Sphinx, Pyramids and Egyptian museum. But our tip is to fly into Luxor. From there you can explore the Valley of the Kings and Queens, enjoy the Nile, head down to Aswan and see all the best that ancient Egypt has to offer.
March sees the celebration of Holi, known as the Festival of Love or the Festival of Colours. One of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar, it celebrates the triumph of good over evil and all over Nepal people of all faiths and beliefs join in by throwing water and coloured powder over one another. It's every bit as joyful as it sounds, and if you're lucky enopugh to get to Nepal in March you'll very likely join in whether you want to or not - the locals aren't shy about throwing the stuff around!