Yearly cultural celebrations of Nature

Across the globe, people from all backgrounds have their own unique connection to Nature. Here are some wonderful examples of Nature being celebrated through various cultures, and locations, year after year…

 

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Festivals:
These festivals celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms, particularly prominent in Japan (such as the Sakura Matsuri in Tokyo and the Kyoto Cherry Blossom Festival), but also in other parts of the world like Washington D.C. (National Cherry Blossom Festival).

 

 

Alaska Whale Festival:
Held in various Alaskan towns, this festival celebrates the migration of grey whales and other marine life along the Alaska coastline. It typically includes educational programs, whale-watching tours, and cultural events.

 

 

Monarch Butterfly Festival:
Celebrated in places like Mexico, California, and Texas, these festivals honour the migration of monarch butterflies. Events often include butterfly releases, educational programs, and arts and crafts related to monarch conservation.

 

 

Wildlife Festivals:
Various regions around the world host wildlife festivals to celebrate local fauna. Examples include the British Birdwatching Fair in the UK, the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Festival in Australia, and the Sasquatch Festival in the United States.

 

 

Earth Day Festivals:
Earth Day, celebrated globally on April 22nd, often involves festivals and events focused on environmental conservation, sustainability, and appreciation of nature. These festivals occur worldwide and vary in scale from local community gatherings to large-scale events in major cities.

 

 

Mountain Festivals:
Regions with significant mountain ranges often hold festivals celebrating mountain culture, outdoor recreation, and environmental conservation. Examples include the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada and the Telluride Mountain film Festival in Colorado, USA.

 

 

National Parks Week:
In various countries, National Parks Week celebrates the natural beauty and biodiversity of protected areas. Events may include guided hikes, wildlife viewing tours, and educational programs highlighting the importance of conservation.

 

 

Solar Eclipse Festivals:
During years with solar eclipses, festivals and events may be organized in regions where the eclipse is visible. These gatherings offer opportunities to witness this awe-inspiring celestial event in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Stone Henge in the UK is popular for solar and solstice events.

 

 

*note: this list is the tip of the iceberg, there are so many more local and international events to be inspired by and attend. Always check with the organisers if you wish to find out details of their events. Get wild!

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