We all crave that sweet serendipity of being in the right place at the right time: When the Northern Lights are most likely to dance; when that sleepy scruff-bucket town transforms for its once-a-year fabulous fiesta; or when a mass mob of whales gathers at the nearby reef.
TheR8.com is taking you to India to celebrate the iconic Holi festival, Sweden to celebrate a slightly lesser-known holiday and to Ireland for Saint Patrick’s Day. We also looked up some cool hotels for you so you will have a nice place to stay after these events. Every single hotel in this post is on http://www.TheR8.com so if you have any questions or bookings, don’t hesitate and call our free concierge service on 1800 908 254.
The most boisterous of Hindu festivals, Holi waves goodbye to winter and welcomes in spring in a rainbow of colors. In India it’s predominantly celebrated in the north of the country, and is known as the Festival of Colours for the raucous events on Holi’s final day, when children and adults take to the streets throwing colorful gulal (powder) over each other. Dyed water is shot from syringes, thrown from buckets and poured into balloons, which are then tossed at people. It’s sanctioned anarchy and, as a visitor, you’ll be a particular target — expect to end up looking like gulab jamun (a red, sticky Indian sweet).
Where: India; countrywide
When: 6 March 2015
Stretching across 7 acres in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave in close proximity to the Embassy Area, Taj Palace Hotel, for a long time, was a serious threat to Maurya in terms of popularity and quality of service. The hotel enjoys loyal patronage of corporate moguls, politicians and famous Indian and international celebrities. The hotel also has 4 of the most popular restaurants in the city, dishing out delicacies in local and international cuisines.
Waffles Day, Sweden
On the 25th of March every year, Swedes dust off their waffle irons to indulge in newly baked waffles with jam and lightly whipped cream. Waffles are typically eaten on this day. The name comes from Vårfrudagen which in vernacular Swedish sounds almost like Våffeldagen (waffle day).
Where: Sweden; countrywide
When: 25 March
Where to stay: Hotel Diplomat, Stockholm
Hotel Diplomat, the traditional deluxe hotel by Stockholm’s waterfront, is set right in the Stockholm city centre. The elegant Art Nouveau palace offers stunning harbour views, contributing to that luxurious hotel experience.With a stay at Hotel Diplomat in Stockholm (Ostermalm), you’ll be minutes from Swedish Army Museum and National Museum. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Royal Dramatic Theater and Hallwyl Museum.
Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!
Where: Ireland; countrywide
When: 17 March
The Merrion, located in the heart of Dublin city centre, is the capital’s most luxurious five star hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The 142-bedroom and suite hotel is as welcoming as it is stylish. An impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion is a marriage of exquisite comfort, relaxed elegance and advanced guest facilities, including free Wi-Fi, an 18m pool, spa and gym. The Merrion is home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Cellar Bar and Restaurant, and the intimate No. 23 Cocktail Bar. This 5 star luxury hotel is to be found in the heart of Georgian Dublin, opposite Government Buildings and a few minutes’ walk from galleries, museums, the I.F.S.C, Dublin Convention Centre, pubs, restaurants and the shops of Grafton Street.
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