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Spring break is a vacational period in early spring at universities and schools in various countries in the northern hemisphere.
It is also known by names such as Easter vacation, Easter Holiday, March break, spring vacation, Mid-Term Break, study week, reading week, reading period, or Easter week, depending on regional conventions.
- 1 History and timing
- 2 Spring Break festivals
- 3 Corporate marketing
- 4 Alternatives
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
History and timing
Spring break is an academic tradition in various mostly western countries, that is scheduled for different periods depending on the state and sometimes the region.
- South Korea
In Portugal spring break is mostly known as "Easter Holidays" and it takes two weeks to all students around the country. Usually, teenagers tend to form groups to go to the beach, since it starts to get hot, but when the weather doesn't let them make this journeys, they still somehow hang out.
In Lithuania, spring break( called Easter holidays or spring holidays) takes place one week before Easter and one day after it (as it is the second day of Easter), all school student have this vacation. Primary school students have another week of holidays after Easter.
- United Kingdom
In North America
Canada gives a week-long break to its elementary school and secondary school students in the month of March, with the time varying from province to province; New Brunswick and Quebec, for example, place their March breaks during the first week of March; Ontario, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia schedule theirs during the second or third week; and the break in Alberta and Manitoba usually occurs in the last week of March. Post-secondary students in Ontario and Alberta usually get a week off in mid-February.
- United States
In the United States, spring break at the college and university level can occur from March to April, depending on term dates the Easter holiday. Usually spring break is about one week long, but many K–12 institutions in the United States schedule a two-week-long break known as "Easter Break," "Easter Holidays", or "Easter Vacation" as they generally take place in the weeks before and/or after Easter. However, in the states of Massachusetts and Maine, schools typically schedule spring break for the week of the third Monday in April to coincide with Patriots' Day.
In Central America
In South America
In many regions, the break fulfills the function of making up for snow days in January and February. Because instructors are paid during spring break anyway, school districts do not incur expenses by adding extra days to the school calendar at the end-of-term.
Spring Break festivals
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Large annual spring break festivals take place in various countries, often in the form of music festivals and joined by special nightclub parties, beach activities and accommodation offers. This is an incomplete list of places with spring break festivals.
European party destinations are increasingly becoming popular for international spring break guests. Tour agencies have cited the lower drinking ages in these places and that even then, they are rarely enforced. Some tour companies put on special chartered flights for spring break at discounted rates.
- Cuba (Varadero)
- Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
- Jamaica (Kingston, Negril)
- Puerto Rico
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale's reputation as a spring break destination for college students started when the Colgate University men's swim team arrived to practice there over Christmas break in 1934. Attracting approximately 20,000 college students in the 1950s, spring break was still known as 'spring vacation' and was a relatively low key affair. This began to change when Glendon Swarthout’s novel, ‘Where the Boys Are’ was published in 1958, effectively ushering in modern spring break. Swarthout’s 1958 novel was quickly made into a movie of the same title in 1960 Where the Boys Are, in which college girls met boys while on spring break there. The number of visiting college students immediately jumped to over 50,000. By the early 1980s, Ft. Lauderdale was attracting between 250,000-350,000 college students per year during spring break. Residents of the Fort Lauderdale area became so upset at the damage done by college students that the local government passed laws restricting parties in 1985. At the same time, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was enacted in the United States, requiring that Florida raise the minimum drinking age to 21 and inspiring many underage college vacationers to travel to other locations in the United States for spring break. By 1989, the number of college students traveling to Fort Lauderdale fell to 20,000, a far cry from the 350,000 who went four years prior.
South Padre Island, Texas
In the early 1980s, South Padre Island became the first location outside of Florida to draw a large number of college students for spring break. With only a few thousand residents, South Padre Island has consistently drawn between 80,000 and 120,000 spring breakers for the last 30 years.
It is common for major brands that cater to the youth market (e.g., Coca-Cola, Gillette, MTV, and branches of the United States armed forces) to market at spring break destinations.[clarification needed]
Some colleges[which?] offer "alternative spring breaks", in which students volunteer community service and charity work during spring break. Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program is one example of this.
- studenten-wg.de - About semester breaks in Germany (German)
- Kressmann, Jeremy (10 February 2009). "Budget Travel: European Spring Break". Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- Sputnik Springbreak Festival in Pouch, Germany
- Annual Baltic Spring Break, Usedom Island, Germany
- Firstpost video of Mykonos spring break
- Marsh, Bill. "The Innocent Birth of the Spring Bacchanal". The New York Times, March 19, 2006.
- Laurie, John (2008). Spring Break: The Economic, Socio-Cultural and Public Governance Effects of College Students on Spring Break Host Locations. ProQuest. p. 12. ISBN 9781109023091.
- Bohn, Lauren (30 March 2009). "A Brief History of Spring Break". Time U.S. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Laurie, John (2008). Spring Break: The Economic, Socio-Cultural and Public Governance Impacts of College Students of Spring Break Host Locations. ProQuest. p. 66. ISBN 9781109023091.
- Media related to Spring break at Wikimedia Commons