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Archive for December, 2013


Six Festivals to Attend Before You Die


Monday, December 16th, 2013

Carnival in RIO
The carnival was originated from old African and Portuguese roots. It’s the culmination of these two distinct traditional cultures that first brought rise to the famous carnival as we all know it these days. At the beginning of the last Century a dance was introduced that we currently know as the Samba which is currently a conventional Brazilian dance. One of the most famous places for hosting this festivals and carnivals is Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Oktoberfest in Germany
Oktoberfest is a major event in Germany, for attending this festival people come from different parts of the world. Even thought their nationalities are completely different, all of them have one thing common which is their love for beer. The two largest festivals for the Oktoberfest are held in Stuttgart and Germany. These festivals are not only for beer. Bratwurst, German delicacies, music and festive cheer also fill up these fests.

Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico
In early November, friends and family in Mexico gather to pay their respects to the dead. Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead commemorates lost favourite ones with ancient traditions. Families of the deceased build personal altars exploitation sugar skulls, leave flowers and food on graves, and place out offerings to welcome spirits. Celebrants eat foods formed like bones, as well as chocolate skulls and pan de muerto, or bread of the dead.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Over six hundred colourful balloons fill the southwest sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon fiesta. Spectators gather at sunrise to look at the balloons take off and visit landing sites to trace incoming balloons. The fiesta is additionally a contest, as balloonists drop markers on targets and participate in speed and distance races.

Kumbh Mela, India
Every four years, millions of visitors gather to bath in one of India’s sacred rivers for Kumbh Mela. The Kumbh Festival is held at Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik every four years, but the Kumbh at Prayag has a special significance. The Kumbh Festival is marked by the fact that it is held at the banks of holy rivers every 12 years. The pilgrimage is measured to be the largest gathering within the world, and is held in several locations around India according to Hindu tradition. In Prayag it is held on the banks of the rivers Ganga-Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, in Haridwar at Ganga and in Nasik at the Godavari. A great fair is held on these occasions on the banks of these rivers with a huge congregation of devoted pilgrims.

La Tomatina in Spain
Goggles are suggested at La Tomatina, one of the world’s biggest food fights. A firing of water cannons signals the start of the fight, as thousands throw squashed tomatoes at each other. Due to vast popularity of this festival, the city began selling tickets—but the expertise is well worth the ten euro fee.

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