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Festivals you don't want to miss!

04 May 2017 - 15:24

Aishath Sajuha

Travel enthusiast, amateur artist and blogger.

There is no better time than travelling during the festive season. Because when a country comes together to celebrate, you are more likely to experience its culture through its heart and soul. 

Some festivals are originated from mythological legends while others are aspiring and fairly new. But all are incredible in its own way. 

Here are some festivals you should definitely visit, at least once in your lifetime.

However twice or more doesn’t hurt either. 


International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival – Harbin, China

  

Every year, in the month of January your faith in Wonderland would be reaffirmed. It’s the largest festival in where a whole city transforms in to a fairyland of ice sculptures of different shapes and sizes. The International Ice and Snow Sculpture festival goes on for an entire month, be sure not to miss it. 


International balloon festival – Albuquerque, New Mexico


The international balloon festival is conducted every for 9 days, and is the largest of its kind in the world. 

The festival was first started in 1972. It’s simply amazing, to gaze upon the 500 balloons that ascend into the skyline. 


Lantern festival – Pingxi, Taiwan


It’s like a dream come true, thousands of lanterns rising and covering the entire skyline. 

Thousands of tourist are attracted to Taiwan, every single year to witness the celebration. However initially the lantern festival was celebrated to ward off the evil. 


Day of the dead – Mexico


Day of the dead that is celebrated to remember the departed souls, and is celebrated throughout Mexico. This festival has been carried out as a tradition for hundreds of years, people dress up in costumes and show their love to their deceased relatives, with flowers, sugar skulls and other favorite items. 

Make sure to attend the festival before you become the subject of the festival.


La tomatina – Bunol, Spain


As crazy as it may sound, La tomatina festival is not just amazing, it will make you long to be part of the festival every single year. It is celebrated by throwing ripe squashed tomatoes at each other on the last Wednesday of August,

In the early 1945, a group of men had a fight, and amidst it a market stall fell victim to the angry crowd. And the very next year some younger men brought tomatoes and threw at each other, and hence La tomatina was born.


 Holi – Hindu


Holi is a carnival of colors, which is celebrated all around the world by the Hindus. Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil and is started off with a bonfire known as the Holika on the holi eve, and wake up to have a colorful riot. It’s a day of forgiveness and embracing everyone with love. It is not just a feast for the eyes, but a celebration of togetherness.

Best advice do not step out in your best clothes in hopes of not getting colored, because you will be. Nobody is spared

“Bura na maano holi hai“– don’t mind anything, its holi.


Carnaval – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This is one of the most amazing festivals in the world, I guarantee that this is a sight you would want to see and never be able to forget. 

It is the world’s largest party, where you are able to witness almost 2 million people every day on the streets during the 5 day celebration, which dates back to early 1700’s. The parade with Giant mechanized floats, samba dancers and pounding drummers at the Carnaval is beyond magnificent and too much to visually absorb all at once. 


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