The long awaited spring is finally knocking on London's door, painting the trees green and brightening up London's avenues.
Crisp and energising fresh air mixed with the fragrance of new blossoms is rejuvenating after the long and cold winter months. As the days get warmer, people start moving away from the warmth of their cosy pubs and venture towards the outdoors. Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park are slowly welcoming the first picnic lowers...and while some rediscover city's amazing rooftop bars - others keep fit and prepare for London Marathon.
Easter, for some, unofficially opens the colourful spring period. Different parts of the world celebrate the beginning of spring with some rather peculiar traditions. These are just some of them...
While the British participate in Easter Egg Hunting in well-manicured gardens, Germany fills Easter Monday with a horseback procession. The men is Slovakia and Hungary sprinkle women with water for which in return the giggling women give them beautifully coloured eggs. A tradition from Czech Republic is for men to ceremonially whip women with a crafted stick taken from a willow tree. Apparently, this ensures fertility and vitality, as the willow is the first tree to wake in spring. For this unusual treatment, men receive beautifully coloured eggs and a ribbon.
Around the world
In Corfu people throw a piece of pottery out of their windows at 11am on Easter Saturday. so please mind your head while walking on the streets! New Zealand celebrates Easter with thrill seeking rides, carnival stalls, candyfloss and hotdogs. Kiwis love their Royal Easter Show held every year in Auckland and happily spend their time over Easter weekend. The Easter weekend in Mexico is filled with religious masses and family reunions. Easter begins with a carnival, which happens to be the third largest carnival celebration in the world.