There are so many festivals in the world that you cannot even imagine! Each part of the world has its own culture and tradition. It would be very interesting and exciting to know more about, different festivals celebrated all over the world.
LA TOMATINA – BUÑOL, SPAIN: La Tomatina is a festival that has been a strong tradition in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain which actually started off as a street brawl, back in the 40’s. It is held on the last Wednesday of August. As the name suggests, this festival is celebrated by throwing tomatoes at each other where people literally get involved in a tomato fight but purely for fun and entertainment. The most important rules to be followed during the festival as a precautionary measure is that the tomatoes have to be squashed before throwing to avoid injuries and no other objects except tomatoes are allowed. We also got a glimpse of this festival in the famous Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. This is indeed one of the craziest and the wackiest festivals celebrated in the world.
OKTOBERFEST – MUNICH, GERMANY: The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and travelling funfair. It takes place every year in Munich, Germany which goes on for 16 to 18 days from mid or late September to the first weekend in October which attracts almost 6 million people every year. The Oktoberfest has much more to it apart from drinking beer as the visitors can also enjoy the colourful parades, variety of fairground rides, side stalls, games and also gorge on some traditional and scrumptious delicacies like Hendl (roast chicken) Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) etc. So, if you are planning a trip to Germany, don’t miss out on the Oktoberfest.
TOMORROWLAND – BOOM, BELGIUM: Tomorrowland is one of the world’s renowned music festivals especially for the EDM lovers. It is also known for its ostentatious layout and design which is mindboggling. The music festival took off from the year 2005 and since then there is no looking back. With the extremely talented DJ’s and performers from all over the world it is definitely a festival which you can’t miss. It takes place in Boom, Belgium every year.
HOLI – INDIA: Celebrated by Hindus around the world, Holi is the Hindu spring festival which is celebrated in the month of March every year. It signifies the victory of good over evil and people usually forget and forgive. It is a festival of colours where people smear each other with colours and throw water balloons and also make use of water guns. The fun and frolic is incomplete without a customary drink called ‘bhaang’ which is intoxicating and also includes a drink called ‘thandai’ and some mouthwatering delicacies like ‘ghujiya’. Holi is one Indian festival that people really look forward to every year with great anticipation.
CARNEVALE -VENICE, ITALY: Celebrated in winter during the month of February or early March, it is one of the most important festivals of Venice. The festival takes place with a huge procession of people on the streets of Venice dressed in colourful costumes and masks. Apart from this, there is excessive consumption of alcohol, meat, and other foods. Other common features of carnival include mock battles such as food fights,social satire and mockery. This festival brings a lot of excitement and happiness in Italy.
RUNNING OF THE BULLS-PAMPLONA, SPAIN: This festival is celebrated in Pamplona since almost 426 years and is held from 6th July to 14th July. This is a festival full of anxiety and jitters. The bulls are released from their holding to chase a couple of thousand people for about 2 to 5 minutes. This Pamplona festival involves injuries and fatalities but it is a tradition that takes place every year.
LANTERN FESTIVAL — PINGXI, TAIWAN: The Lantern Festival is on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month (always between February 5 and March 7). The tradition started almost 2000 years back as a means to send one’s wishes to God. It is a way for people to pray that they will have smooth futures and express their best wishes for their families. The most important customs are enjoying lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, eating tangyuan (Glutinous rice dumplings in sweet soup) and lion dances. Everything around looks very magical and heavenly with thousands of lanterns illuminating in the sky.
GLASTONBURY-GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND: Glastonbury Festival is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place near Pilton, Somerset. Apart from contemporary music, the festival has dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts as well. Considered to be one of the biggest events in Britain, this festival takes place in monsoon in the month of June. Attended by almost 1,75,000 revelers, people have to make their way through the mud. Glastonbury is dirty, loud and wild- everything a music concert should be.
CARNAVAL- BRAZIL: Held in the month of February, it is a week-long celebration where the streets are thronged by huge crowds. It is a tradition of celebrating and indulging on the day before Lent begins. This festival is characterized by parades, samba dance, live music, street performances, colourful costumes and delicious food. This lively and vibrant festival brings many different types of people together.
DIWALI, INDIA: Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India celebrated by Hindus. It is the festival of lights which falls between mid-October and mid-November. The festivities extend over a five-day period. Before Diwali begins, people clean and renovate their houses. This festival of lights is characterized by people dressing up in new clothes, lighting up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, drawing rangolis and other creative patterns on floors, participating in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then there is a family feast including different types of savories and exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair.
There are different festivals all around the world and every festival has its own significance and relevance. But one thing is common that festivals bring people together and spread happiness and joy everywhere.
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