Every year hundreds of different festivals attract people from all over the world. If you like the atmosphere of fun, the festivities until you drop and an unforgettable holiday, welcome to one of these world famous festivals.
Oktoberfest is the biggest festival in the world, which attracts about 6 million visitors annually. The event is held in Munich in mid-September – early October. Only Munich brewing companies are allowed to take part in the festival. Specifically for this occasion they brew special Oktoberfest beer.
For the first time the Oktoberfest took place on October 12, 1810, in honor of the wedding of the Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa of Saxony.
According to the Oktoberfest tradition, on the opening day, exactly at 12 o’clock, the mayor of the city uncork a barrel of beer. This symbolic action gives a start to the “beer marathon”. Then a festive procession begins on the central streets of the city. At the head of it is “Munchner Kindi” – the symbol of the city – a young girl with a large bell in her hand riding a horse.
Day of the Dead, Mexico
Dia de los Muertos, is one of the most vivid and unusual holidays in the world, is dedicated to the memory of the dead. In 2003, the festival was included by UNESCO in the list of the intangible cultural heritage. The Day of the Dead takes place on 1 and 2 November every year in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. The tradition goes back to the Maya and Aztec Indians, who brought gifts to the goddess Miklosansuatl and built walls with the image of skulls. According to the belief, at these days the souls of deceased relatives visit their home.
On the Day of the Dead, people create altars in honor of the deceased from sugar skulls, flowers, favorite food and drinks of the departed and visit their graves. The holiday also includes carnival where people dress up in awesome costumes, paint faces imitating the mask of the skeleton, and arrange grandiose processions through the streets.
The Brazilian Carnival
This is one of the biggest world famous festivals. This annual event is held forty days before Easter and marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Roman Catholics should refrain from all bodily pleasures, for example, from the consumption of meat. Carnival is considered to be an act of farewell to meat pleasures.
The largest national holiday of the Brazil has been held for about two hundred years. Today, the carnival has turned into a battle of samba schools, a bright extravaganza in stunning costumes, a grandiose theatrical performance.
In total, 14 dancing schools traditionally take part in the procession. The procession of each school lasts for about two hours on average and represents a whole presentation on a given topic. The jury chooses the best school according to ten parameters and the winners get a prize of hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s why the dancers prepare for each new performance for a whole year.
Carnival lasts for 4 days and 4 nights and in involves more than a million people as performers an viewers.
Burning Man, USA
It is an annual eight-day festival that is held in the desert of Black Rock, USA. It is held from the last Monday of August to the first Monday of September.
Organizers call this event an experiment to create a radical self-expression community that relies entirely on itself. For a week in the desert, works of modern art, often of fantastic shapes, are set. Some of them are burned by the creators before the end of the festival. Many participants take on costumes of characters of art, animals, objects and so on. The festival arranges several dance floors that work around the clock and attract world famous DJs.
The first burning of a small wooden man was in 1986 by a small group of friends on one of the beaches of San Francisco. Subsequently, the circle of participants expanded and moved to the current place in the desert in the state of Nevada. Every year the number of visitors to the festival is growing, in 2016 it was attended by about 100 000 people.
Festival of colors, India
The most colorful celebration in the world – the Holi festival – takes place in India. Holi is a centuries-old national tradition. This religious holiday does not have an exact date, it can be held in February or March, the main condition is the full moon.
During Holi, people welcome spring, pay tribute to the ancient deities and just have fun. This colorful act symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Everything begins with a fire, the sacred flame of which “burns” evil, after which the fun part begins. People throw paint in the air and at each other. The incredible energy of joy and happiness reigning in the festival is so contagious that today it is celebrated in many countries of the world.
Which of these world famous festivals would you visit?