"Omizuton"1-14 March. Water Drawing Festival of Todaiji, Nara. Torches illuminate the evening sky, their magical powers are believed to ward off evil. Largest display is on the 12th.


Switzerland, 2 March. Bi-annual International Puppet Fair. This colourful and playful display of characters is sure to delight both children and adults. Also presented in November.


Spain, 2-3 March. First World Golf Tourism Conference. Two days of presentations and activities by over 600 golf professionals, hotels, travel agencies, and resorts. For further information contact Palacio de Congresos del la Costa del Sol, tel: (00 34 5) 237 9203.


Australia, 6-9 March. Australian Grand Prix (right). First round of the Formula One World Championship. The post-race celebrations, including concerts, social events, and street festivals, will appeal to all .


Northern Ireland, 3-22 March. Celtic Spring Festival. Activities include drama, Irish language, and children's literature, celebrating Celtic traditions. There are extra special events to mark St. Patrick's Day, Monday 17 March.


Bali, Indonesia, 5 March. A day of feasting, prayers and entertainment dedicated to the anniversary of the temple Pura Besakih, Karang Asem.


Greece, 1-9 March. Jazz Week. The "Cultural Capital of Europe" exhibits a variety of concerts, workshops, and presentations of various forms of jazz, including Greek and American Dixeyland.


Denmark, 8-16 March. For tennis enthusiasts, the international circuit comes to Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Open Tennis Tournament.


6-9 March. Crufts (left). The most famous dog show in the world. Over 100 breeds in competition for the title of Supreme Champion. At the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands. Tel 0171-493 6651.


California, 8 March. Ishi Day. Presentation of children's art, essays, and poetry dedicated to the memory of Ishi, the last of the Yahi native Americans, the tribe which formerly lived in northern California.