Zimbabwe – Independence Day – April 18
Commemorates Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain, in 1980. Zimbabweans celebrate with singing and fireworks and by holding political rallies, parades, and performances.
United States – French Quarter Festival – Mid-April
Celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana, the festival celebrates the unique culture and music of Louisiana. Musicians from Louisiana and those who have been influenced by Louisiana’s music perform. Bands perform throughout the French Quarter of New Orleans, and local restaurants open food booths serving traditional food from the region.
Switzerland – Sechselauten – Third Monday in April and the Sunday before
A festival held in Zurich that celebrates the coming of spring. A model of the Boogg (snowman, symbolizing winter) is paraded through the streets and then stuffed with firecrackers. The festival converges on the shore of Lake Zurich on Monday evening, when bells are rung, people on horseback circle the Boogg, and music is played. The event culminates with the explosion of the Boogg. Activities continue into the night.
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