Mexico: Holy Week celebrations, April 9-15, in Pátzcuaro and San Miguel de Allende.
Regensburg, Germany: Bach Week, April 10-14.
Comedy Festival, April 12-May 7, more than 1,000 acts in one of the world's largest such events.
Luang Prabang, Laos: Pii Mai, the Laotian New Year, April 13-15, celebrated in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thailand (various): Songkran, the Thai New Year, April 13-15, marked with colorful parades and much water-throwing.
Canberra, Australia: National Folk Festival, April 13-17.
Rome: On Good Friday, April 14, the pope leads a torchlight procession up Palatine Hill from the Colosseum, reenacting the Stations of the Cross.
Wanaka, New Zealand: Warbirds Over Wanaka, April 14-16, a major air show of vintage and modern warplanes.
Whistler, Canada: TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, April 14-23 Music, arts and sports.
Florence, Italy: Scoppio del Carro, or Explosion of the Cart, April 16, an annual Easter celebration in which a rocket is fired out of the city's cathedral to ignite a large wooden cart in the square outside.
Gaucín, Spain: The Andalusian town's Easterrunning of the bulls, April 16.
Boston: The Boston Marathon, April 17.
Washington, D.C.: Filmfest DC, April 19-30.
Iceland (various locations): The First Day of Summer, April 20, a public holiday marked by nationwide celebrations.
Taiwan (various locations): Mazu (Goddess of the Sea) parades, April 20, with celebrations at 400 temples accompanied by drums and firecrackers.
Hilo, Hawaii: The Merrie Monarch Fest, April 20-22, Hawaii's leading hula competition.
Chau Doc, Vietnam: Ba Chua Xu, April 20-25, the country's largest folk festival.
St. Johns, Antigua: Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 20-25, an exposition of wooden sailing ships.
Nashville: Nashville Film Festival, April 20-26.
Rome: April 21, to mark the founding of the city in 753 BC, the Aventine Hill is covered with candles.
Major festivals, events around the world
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