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|Saturday, 18 August 2012 03:06|
EXPERIENCE THE WORLD’S AMAZING FESTIVALS
A festival is literally a museum of cultures and traditions. It is a celebration of life and individuality. During the early days, festivals originated from religious culture but over the years, it has evolved and has diverted its focus to the cultural and traditional practices of the community that not only portrays their spiritual beliefs but also mark some significant occasions in their history. Here are five of the world’s amazing festivals:
Rio Carnival – it is one of the world’s famous festival held before lent every year and is considered the biggest carnival and the most interesting artistic event on the globe. The carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio. As the parade is taking place in the Sambadrome, there are many balls held in Copacabana Palace and beach, including the street festivals. It is a 4-day celebration, forty days before Easter.
Burning Man Festival – It is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event is an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. It is a community existing only once a year in the period of seven days before Labor Day weekend. Participants are expected to bring food, water and shelter in order to maintain their self-sufficiency and a survival guide is distributed to them. The rules of the city are created to ensure health and safety of all participants.
Diwali Festival – It is the biggest festival of Hindus. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third day is the main Diwali festival or also called as the “Festival of Lights”. It is held mid-October and mid-December for different reasons. It includes different colorful varieties of fireworks. On the third day, Hindus light up diyas and candles around their houses. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek blessings from Lakshmi, the Supreme goddess of wealth. People present Diwali gifts to all dear ones on this day. It is the one of the best way to experience foreign culture.
The Running of the Bulls – It is the annual festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain and last for nine days. The event starts with massive crowd at the “Chupinazo” in Pamplona town square, followed by a carnival, fireworks, many bullfights, and the encierro or the running of the bulls. It is a popular event despite of many injuries people incurred during this event. Thousands of people come together to experience running and be chased by the bulls. People hold up traditional red scarves during the “Chupinazo”, the official opening of the festival, and start it with a messy party in the town square.
Boryeong’s Mud Festival – It is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, South Korea. The mud is considered rich in minerals and is used to manufacture cosmetics. The festival takes place for a period of two weeks and the final weekend usually falls on the second weekend in July. During these times, it allows everyone to unleash the inner child within them. Several attractions were created in the seafront area of Daecheon such as a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison and skiing competitions. The festival includes mud body painting, mud beauty contests and mud sculptures. The festival is then closed with a large fireworks display.
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