One of the best things that every society anywhere in the world has is their conscious preservation of culture and tradition. Because culture and tradition are invented during the earliest of times, most of these are pegged on beliefs in religion and higher beings. Early people strongly believed that all of its Earth’s bounties are gifts from the gods and it is just right to honor and celebrate their existence as a sign of gratitude to them. Now, these recognition and thanksgiving are probably the best part of the old traditions. To comply with these ritualistic celebrations, believers are required to prepare and execute the grandest merriment that would make the entire town or nation stopped what they are usually doing and just party with everyone.
These grand parties are what we call festivals. Festivals are usually celebrated annually and fall on specific dates which are very relevant to what or to whom the celebration is dedicated to. Because it is scheduled and recurring, people anticipates these events and usually prepares the entire year for it. Among the existing festivals happening around the world right now, there are a few that exceeds in grandeur and fame more than the others. These few famous and massive festivals draw in thousands of tourists and become one of the sought after attractions of the country. In the end, not only that these festivals fulfill their spiritualistic objectives, it also becomes the ultimate party reference of locals and jetsetters of the world. Below are some examples of the biggest and the most colorful festivals the world has right now.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
The longest festival in the entire Chinese calendar and undeniably the most festive is the Chinese New Year. The festival starts from the New Year’s Eve and would last up to the 15th day of the first month, which is also their Lantern Festival.
For the Chinese community, Chinese New Year is very important to their lives and to their business, since Chinese are known to be aggressive businessmen. This is the best time for them to hold family reunions and clan gatherings. During this day, Chinese do some traditional rituals that symbolize the act of cleansing of their properties and of themselves from bad spirits and misfortunes. Their homes or business establishments are usually decorated with red couplets with designs that read happiness, good fortune, wealth, and longevity. In this festival, one can witness the famous dragon and lion dance acts, hear loud firecrackers, and receive money sealed inside red envelopes.
THE BARRANQUILLA CARNIVAL, COLOMBIA
Carnaval de Barranquilla is one of the most significant folkloric festivals in Colombia as well as one of the leading carnivals in the world. The celebration was regarded by the UNESCO as a world magnum opus of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It is the best paradigm of triple cultural fusion (European, African, and Indian).
The Barranquilla Carnival is the most anticipated event of the year by people who wish to enjoy four days of a folkloric affair portrayed by ethnic diversity, optimism, cheerfulness, dance, music, and pure amusement.
THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE, ITALY
The Carnival of Venice is the most popular festival of Venice, Italy. The carnival comprises musical concerts, operas, ball parties and dance performances, in which participants wear elaborate face masks and colorful stylish costumes which make the festival famous all over the globe.
The vogue inspired merriment ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, exactly forty days before Easter, on Mardi Gras – the day before Ash Wednesday.
LA TOMATINA, BUNOL, SPAIN
La Tomatina is a festival that is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August in the Valencian town of Buñol, Spain in which large amount of people gather around annually to crush and throw tomatoes at each other for entertainment purposes. Tomatoes are loaded on the truck and given to the participants.
The tomato clash has been a long-time tradition in Buñol since 1944 and there’s still no reason stated behind this juicy event.
YI PENG LANTERN FESTIVAL, THAILAND
Yi Peng Lantern Festival is an annual festival in Thailand which signifies the full moon day in the second month of the year pertaining to the Lanna lunar calendar. This festival is celebrated with a lot of people launching hundreds of Lanna-style sky lanterns forming a swarm that shines gracefully in the sky. These lanterns symbolize good luck amongst the people in Thailand.
Within the duration of the festival, locals also decorate their houses, temples and garden with intricately-shaped paper lanterns with varieties of forms known as Khom Fai.
Yi Peng often coincides with Loy Krathong festival, another picturesque celebration in Thailand which involves releasing of small crafty floral decorated boats and rafts in the water bodies.
Holi, also known as Festival of Colours, is a Hindu spring fair celebrated all over north India on the full moon of the month of March. It is one of the most important festivals of India and the most spirited of all. The festival got its name from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who loved to drenched village girls with colors and water.
On the day of Holi, people play with heaps of vivid colors, dyed water loaded pichkaris and water filled balloons as they exchange greetings and dance vigorously to the rhythm of the festival songs. The celebration is packed with so much fun and frolic.
The Holi festival honors the conquest of good over evil, brought about by the smoldering and obliteration of the demon known as Holika. Moreover, Holi also denotes the advent of spring harvest period and end of winter.
CARNIVAL OF RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is regarded as one of the most colorful festivals in the world. Millions of tourists and locals gather annually on the streets between 13-16 of February to participate and enjoy the music and dancing. This celebration marks the forty-day sacrifice phase before the Easter.
On the other hand, this festive carnival is renowned as the largest party in the world. It is the only event wherein you will witness hundreds of participants from Samba dancing schools competing with each other. Rhythm, involvement, and vibrant costumes differ from one region of Brazil to another.
With no doubts, the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is the perfect go-getting and vigorous atmosphere a party enthusiast would long for.