10 Amazing Festivals Of The World
Festivals fill our lives with unbounding happiness and joy. It brings the families together. The traditional to go along with the celebrations unites all and everyone enjoys the festival with the crux of its origin. Festivals never fail to create excitement. They have always gathered people far and wide and giving them all a sense of belongingness to one another. Here’s a list of 10 amazing festivals that are celebrated across the globe that you must witness before you die.
1. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Rio de Janeiro is known as the Carnival capital of the world. It is not only the biggest carnival in the world but is ca benchmark against which other carnivals are compared. Rio carnival is a 5-day celebration, 40 days before Easter. Carnival with all its excesses is celebrated as a profane event could be interpreted as a farewell to all the pleasure of the flesh. It is celebrated in the month of February.
2. Chinese New Year, China: This is also known as the Spring festival or Lunar New Year. This festival is centuries old and gains significance because of the myths and traditions. Traditionally the festival was the time to honor the deities as well as the ancestors.
3. Rio de Janeiro Mud festival, South Korea: This festival is celebrated during the summer season in Boryeong, South Korea. The mud is taken from the Boryeong mud flats and is taken to the Daecheon beach area. The mud is rich in minerals and is used to manufacture cosmetics. Mud pools, mud slides, mud skiing competitions are held too.
4. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, Harbin, China: This is the largest Ice and Snow festival in the world which is celebrated in Harbin in China. The festival starts on 5th and lasts for a month. While ice and snow sculptures are erected throughout the city, these are exhibited at Sun Island and Ice and snow world.
5. White nights Festival, St.Peteresburg Russia: This festival is organized by St.Petersburg, Russia; which begins in May and ends in July. The “Stars of the White nights is a series of classical ballet, opera and orchestral performances at the Mariinsky concert hall. There are daily evening shows during the festival. Sometimes some performances are scheduled in the morning and noon too.
6. Di de los muertos, Mexico: This is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico by the Mexican ancestry living in other places. The multi-day holiday focuses on gathering of friends and family to pray and remember the friends and family who have died and help support their spiritual journey. The celebration takes place from October 3rd to November 2nd. Favorite foods and beverages of the departed are brought to honor the dead ones.
7. Holi, India: It is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India, also known as festival of colors. It emphasizes the significance of good over evil. People here meet and play, laugh and enjoy, forget and forgive and is celebrated as a thanks giving for a good harvest. It is celebrated somewhere between end of February and mid-March.
8. Carnival of Venice, Italy: This Venetian carnival tradition is most famous festival for its distinctive masks. It is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The festival is said to have started from a victory of the “Serenissima Repubblica” against the Patriarch of Aquileia. In the honor of this victory people started to dance and gather in San Marco Square. Ever since then people have followed this custom. It is common for people to attend the carnival wearing elaborate costumes with masks.
9. Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan: It is an annual event celebrated in Taiwan. During this festival thousands of lanterns light over Pingxi district in Taiwan. The fireworks ceremony is an important one too. The fireworks display was originally celebrated to ward off evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingxi Sky lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner.
10. La Tomatina, Spain: This is an annual festival held in the Valencian town of Bunol in Spain, in which participants throw tomatoes on one another and get involved in the tomato fight purely for entertainment purpose. It is held on the last Wednesday of August. Usually the fight lasts for an hour after which the whole town square is covered with tomato paste. Fire trucks then hose down the streets and participants often use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies.
Festivals are celebrated across the globe for different reasons and with different purposes.
But the underlying fact that they bring people and traditions closer can never be denied.