Top Ten World Festivals You Never Want to Miss
All festivals that are celebrated around the world have their own origins and have different forms of fun to offer. Some find their celebrations in mythological legends whereas some festivals are fairly new but all festivals are so incredible and eye catching that for a moment you forget yours and get deeply involved in their celebrations. Despite the culture we belong to, some festivals are so jovial that you cannot stop yourself from jumping in, such as holly is a game of colors, spreading happiness all around. Enlisted in this article are the ten most amazing festivals that would make you wish to be a part of such celebrations once in your lifetime.
1. WAKAKUSA YAMAYAKI
Location: Nara, Japan
Celebrated on: 28 January 2017 (or 29 January 2017 in case of bad weather)
The name Wakarusa Yamasaki means “the mountain roast” it is celebrated on fourth Saturday in January every year. In this festival, the dead grass on the slope of Mount Wakakusayama is set to burn – until there is an impressive firework show. The grass continues to burn for about an hour and due to the elevation of the mountains, the majestic view can be enjoyed from anywhere in the city.
2. SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Location: Park City, Utah – USA
Celebrated on: 19 January – 29 January 2017
Sundance is a North America’s most well-known and independent theatre especially run by non-conformist and rebellious film directors not following Hollywood. It is located in a small town, an old-fashioned theatre where you may be sitting beside a super actor about to hit superstardom.
3. CARNIVALE DI VENEZIA
Location: Venice – Italy
Celebrated on: 11 – 28 February (2017) and 27 January – 13 February (2018)
This traditional festival has come to life since the 13th century in Italy. It involves the participation of a huge number of people from all around the world. It’s a fun festival in which people wander in streets in 18th-century costumes and masks, and enjoy the change from current fashion practices. It has been marked as one of the best parties on Earth.
4. MARDI GRAS
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana – USA
Celebrated on: 28 February (2017)
Mardi Gras is an official celebration synonymous with hedonism, in memory of the Catholic period of introspection and sacrifice. The official colors observed in the festival are purple, green and gold representing justice, faith and power respectively. People gather for this party to enjoy to their fullest, and represent the idea of relishing life like there’s no tomorrow.
5. SKY LANTERN FESTIVAL
Location: Pingxi, Taiwan – Republic of China
Celebrated on: 10 February (2017)
The sky lantern festival is all about celebrating freedom from that was previously invaded by the rebellious bands who forced the residents to seek refuge in the mountains. The hot air balloons are used as a safety symbol to let people know that their houses are safe and they can turn back without any fear.
Location: Mayrhofen – Austria
Celebrated on: 3 – 8 April (2017)
Snow bombing is the best snow festival held in Mayrhofen, Austria. Originally it was a festival about snow sports but now it has transformed into one of the biggest music festivals in the mountains. In this festival, a snowboard competition is carried out with an eclectic mix of music acts. You can plan a trip to this amazing place. However, pack your things accordingly, wear warm clothes and good quality boots to keep yourself safe from catching a cold in the snowy area.
7. STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS
Location: St Petersburg – Russia
Celebrated on: May (2017)
Starts of the white night is not only a festival but a combination of events to make it one of the biggest celebrations of the world. The event is turned into a blast by some quality music, traditional music like opera and the incredible use of instruments to dissolve melodious tunes into the ears of spectators.
8. MEVLANA WHIRLING DERVISHES
Location: Konya – Turkey
Celebrated on: 7 – 17 December (2017)
Men dressed in white robes and tall hats called Sufis performing some rare spinning dance in circles. Watching these Whirling Dervishes has a great impact you’d never expect. Based on the teachings and practices of the 13th-century poet Maulana Jalal ud din Rumi, this festival is a true reflection of the power of devotion of the dervishes.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Celebrated on: 24 – 28 February (2017)
Carnaval is celebrated with full enthusiasm all over Brazil. The festival attracts the crowd from different parts of the world and brings about two million people under the same platform to celebrate the colors of the festival. The festival is all about music, drum beats and the thunderous laughter of the celebrators in the air which makes the world gaze at the festival with a lust and a wish in heart and dream in mind to be a part of this amazing show.
10. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Location: Mexicans in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico
Celebrated on: November 1
Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is a festival that celebrates All Saint’s Day, where families gather to recall the memories of family members and friends who have passed away. It is a day to pray for the dead ones and help them through their spiritual journey. This festival comprises of an imaginary meeting of the dead, where their loved ones cook their favorite food and serve their favorite beverages, and then visit their graves along with these. People also leave gifts and possessions on the graves of the departed. It is a colorful display of culture and costume, which involves a spiritual act as well as fun.
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