Who doesn’t like to be part of a carnival? I guess none. These festivals or carnivals give us a break from our daily boredom. The rhythm of music, cultural programs shake us to such an extent that we forget about the worries of life. Here are top 10 widely celebrated festivals across globe.
1. Dragon Boat Festival, China: These Chinese festival has a history of 25000 years. The celebration, also known as Dwanwu Festival begins fifth day of the fifth lunar month aiming at boosting their tourism industry. Boat racing and drinking of Realgar wine are the main attractions.
2. Dublin’s Saint Patrick’s Festival: Every year on March 17th the Dubliner’s celebrate Saint Patrick day in order to pay respect to his paganism. They decorate their department store with green Shamrock, wear green caps with red wings and arrange lavish musical parades.
3. Night of Witches, Mexico: This celebration began in the year of 1970 at the Mexican Town of Catamaco. To get rid of all the negative energies of previous years – all the Mexican people, healers and witches gather together to perform the witchcraft.
4. Day of the Dead, Mexico: Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead, another popular festival in Mexico is celebrated on every 1st or 2nd November. Skull is the symbol of this festival. People visit the cemeteries with food and beverages for their loved ones resting in peace, toys for the children and tequila for the adults in the belief of dead soul visiting the cemetery on that particular day.
5. Carnival of Venice, Italy: This carnival bears the history of 900 years when masks were introduced in the 15th century to remove social and sexual differences. This celebration has different modes in different cities of Italy. But masks are the main part of it along with bands, jugglers, entertainers and colourful boats in the canals.
6. Las Fallas, Spain: One of the craziest and funniest festivals in Spain is Las Fallas. It was introduced in the 16th century to mock the corrupt politicians. It is celebrated with the fireworks of lifelike effigies of corrupt leaders and Spanish celebrities.
7. Burning Man, Nevada: A week long art and music festival takes place between 27th August and 3rd September of every year in the middle of Black Rock desert, Nevada, the motto of which is no spectator. Everyone is allowed to contribute his creation here. Anyone can be an installer of art, sculpture and any artistic creation of his own.
8. Night of Radishes, Mexico: One of the Mexico’s most vibrant and colourful carnivals is Noche de Rabanos which is celebrated on December 23rd. The farmers offer different shapes of radishes in order to attract the people to buy them.
9. Mardi Gras, USA: This French term denotes Fat Tuesday, a practice of eating fatty foods before fasting for the Ash Wednesday. The main theme of the festival is parades headed by King and Queen.
10. The Fringe Festival, Edinburgh: 25 days celebration of Fringe festival celebrates music, art and theaters starting from 3rd August every year. The world’s largest festival receives footfall of 25000 artists and 40000 performances.