Are you tired of visiting the same places? The regular sight-seeing? This time, be a little different and plan a trip to the top festivals of the world. Being at these festivals is like standing inside the mind of a culture as it dreams. Mentioned below are few of world’s top festivals that you can go to:
Name: Sky Lantern Festival
Place: Pingxi District, Taiwan
Description: Every year, thousands of people trek to the mountains township of Pingxi for this unforgettable event. It is held on the first full-moon night of the lunar year and it is commonly known as one of the most important and romantic festivals in Taiwan. It is one of the most colorful activities of the lantern festival. Lantern launching began as a mean of communication during war, but the act has since eased into an all-out celebration where individuals buy lanterns, write their wishes inside and release them into the heaven. The lanterns are no longer used for signaling but now they are used as symbols of peace and good fortune.
Name: Mardi Gras
Place: New Orleans, USA
Description: Generally held in early January, this famous two-week festival features parades headed by ‘Kings’ and ‘Queens’ leading a flotilla of garish floats manned by ‘krewes’ who throw trinkets to the crowds. You will need about that long to sample all the creole delicacies, listen to all the sweet jazz and admire all the loud, inventive outfits adorned by paraders and parade-watchers.
Name: La Tomatina Festival
Place: Bunol, Spain
Description: Tomato buff rejoice! For this is your festival. Each year tens of thousands of people descend to Bunol for La Tomatina, the culmination of a week-long celebration of Bunol patron saint; where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. This week long festival features music, parades, dancing and fireworks.
Place: Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Description: This is sex and samba on a stick, drawing around a million people each year for its throbbing, fourday-long festivities. It is undoubtedly the most popular celebration in Brazil. The carnival expresses the culture, history, music and images of Brazil. The centerpiece of the carnival is the Sambodromo parade, when neighborhood groups compete against each other for the title of the best ‘samba school’. Along with this, the Masquerade Ball adds to the carnival.
Description: Thailand’s traditional New Year has evolved into a fun, interactive holiday for all. It is a tourist magnet these days. Thai people still pay homage to Buddha images, clean their houses and sprinkle water on their elders out of respect. Irrespective of your age, if you venture onto the streets during Songkran, definitely expect a friendly dousing from water balloons.
So which of these festivals have you been to? If you have been to any other festival other than the ones specified, do let us know. Do share your experience with us by leaving a comment.
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