Wednesday, February 12, 2014

10 Great Festivals Around the World

I'm planning a vacation with my family. I've been researching and researching and perusing brochures for a country to visit. In my research, I came up with a short list of the hottest festivals around the world for travelling. Enjoy the trip around the world.

Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is dated back to 1723 when the immigrants from the Portuguese Islands of Acores, Madeira and Cobo Verde introduced it. A week long party of extravagant parades, dancing, colors, and drinking makes this one of the most exciting events of the world.
The initial idea of the Carnival was to get everybody soaking wet. People would huddle in the streets with water and lime, and everybody would be wet in minutes. It usually happens in the peak of the summer, and all over the country.

Chinese New Year, Hong Kong 

The Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar and usually falls in February, lasting usually for 15 days. Asia’s world city welcomes the Year of the Dragon with colorful flower markets, mesmerizing fireworks, a dazzling night parade, bustling temples, lively sports events, and much more.

At the New Year Celebrations, people wear red clothes; give children ‘lucky money’ in red envelopes and light firecrackers. Everything is red because the Chinese believes that red is fire and fire drives away bad luck. The festival ends with a lantern festival where people hang decorated lanterns in temples and carry lanterns to the night parade.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans, USA

Mardi gras, or as it means in English, ‘Fat Tuesday’ and ‘Carnival Season’, is the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty food, before the ritual of Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
Popular traditions of the festival includes wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports, competitions, parades, and others.

New Year’s Celebrations in Sydney Harbor, Australia

The New Year’s Celebration in Sydney Harbor is an annual festival held on New Year over Harbor Bridge in Sydney. There is usually two fireworks display, the 9pm fireworks and the midnight firework show. It is the world’s favorite way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Germany is the most famous beer festival in Germany where over 6 million visitors join to get drunk every year. It is a 16-day festival that start in late-September to the first week of October. Locally, it is known as Wiesn, and is an important part of the Bavarian culture, having held since 1810.
Visitors also enjoy a mixture of amusement rides, sidetalls and games, and a variety of traditional food, such as Hendl, Wurslt, Knodel and Obatzda.

La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain

Held in the Valencian city of Bunol, the La Tomatina festival is where the participants throw tomatoes at each other and pick tomato fights just as fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August every year.

The Festival of San Fermin, Spain

The nine-day festival held in Spain attracts thousands of visitors to Pamplona, Spain and includes a carnival, bullfights and the very famous event of ‘Running with the Bulls’. This festival began in the 1590s, and is an extremely popular, though controversial, festival.

Holi, the Festival of Color, India

Holi is an ancient festival celebrated by the Sikhs and in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It is also known as the ‘Festival of Colors’, and it is literally one of the most colorful festivals in the world.
On the eve of Holi, Hindus dress in their finest clothes and watch a bonfire. On the day of Holi, the color festival takes place. People celebrate it with splashing themselves and everyone else on the streets with colorful powder dyes. Everyone is invited to join in the festival.

Diwali in Amritsar, India 

Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Diwali Celebrations in Amritsar, India, families and friends get together to celebrate with sweets, gifts and feasts. Families light up their houses and light fireworks, and decorate their homes with flowers and draw ‘Rangoli’ on their doorsteps, an intricate design on the floor made with colorful rice flour.

Full moon Party, Haad Din, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Haad Din is the night life capital of Thailand and has the largest concentration of beach clubs in the country. During the Full Moon Party, more than 20,000 to 30,000 travelers attend this festival. Beside partying all night, vacationers can enjoy wild activities such as fire rope jumping.

Love Festival, Germany

The Love Parade in Germany was celebrated from 1989-2003 and 2006-2010 and included loud electronic music, costumes and overall ‘let-lose’ behavior. Due to the tragic death of 21 participants by trampling, the festival was cancelled permanently.

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