Top 10 : Festivals are the most loved and cherished times for people of all ages – be it children, the teens, the adults or the elderly. Festivals are meant to celebrate and enjoy important religious, customary or social ceremonies with fervor and enthusiasm. Every year more than 1000 of festivals of festivals are celebrated all over the world. Festivals bring in all good things – colors, lights, flowers, fragrances, food, drinks and loads of buzz. All over the world, more than thousand festivals are celebrated annually with renewed energy levels each year. America, Europe, Asia – exhilarant festivals are ritualized all over the globe, reflecting the local cultures having different significances. There are many colorful festivals, the celebrations of which are characterized with a stream flow of bright colors, the hues and blushes which amaze cells of human eyes and kindle waves of joy in human hearts.
Here are top 10 most colorful festival in the world :
10. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico
This festival came into existence in 1972. this is the largest hot air ballooning fiesta in the world. This attracts thousands of pilots and thousand hundreds of spectators. Every year this festival takes place in the first week of October and last for 9 days.
This festival is the most photographed event in the world. The place, Albuquerque provides the best location for this festival due to its geographical Factors. In this festival hundreds of food vendors spread in the venue of fiesta and visitors got to see the beautiful scene when hundreds of different colors and shaped balloons reach together in the sky.
9. Las Fallas de Valencia, Spain
This festival is celebrated every year and starts from 13 March to 19 March in the town of Valencia, Spain. The streets of town get covered with huge dolls and they have height of several stories. In this week of festival occurs open area concerts, social gatherings, long duration of decoration and public fervor.
On the last day, all the dolls are set on fire at midnight with the fireworks. One doll selected on public’s vote is to kept in the museum. This festival has its origin long back in century when Carpenter used to burn woods to welcome spring.
8. La Feria de Abril, Sevilla, Spain
This festival is very colorful and famous fair festival in the world. It is celebrated every year in Seville, Spain. This colorful festival originated in 1847 and came in existence as a livestock fair. This festival begins two weeks after semona Santa. And keep up its charm for a whole week. Each day of this fiesta we can see men riding horses, clustering around building, get together of friends enjoying dances and dishes and also many beautiful faces of Seville.
Women’s usually dress up in a long, colorful flamenco dresses during this fiesta and on the similar run men can be seen dressed up in tight trousers, boots, short jackets, and hats. The huge fair area includes casetas where music, chilled champagnes, relbeijitos and traditional Spanish drinks and foods is served. All through this festival people till the last bit of their energies.
7. The Chinese new year
The Chinese New Year begins from the first new moon of the year and last till second full moon and as a whole this festival last for about 15 days. In this festival people give offerings to their gods and ancestors, enjoy family get together, Chinese new year parade and the lantern festivals on 15th day.
This parade features ion and dragon dances, marches of band, performances of Martial arts and cultural dances. The last day shows lantern festival which is a gift to the eyes of visitors.
6. Saint Patrick’s festival, Dublin Ireland
This festival is celebrated in not just Ireland but across the globe, to commemorate the death day (March 17th) of Saint Patrick, the great Christian legacy who spread Christianity in Ireland. In Dublin, the Saint Patrick’s festivities are carried out between March 14th to 17th and are marked by greening the city, music and street performances, Irish craft beer village, fun fairs, comedy centers, concerts, walk tours around the city and finally the big event- St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th with thousand of performers gathering and entertaining a million visitors. On this day, people adorn green to express their Irishness and shamrock explaining the concept of holy trinity.
5. Loi Krathong festival, Sukhothai, Thailand
The Loy Krathong is a Thai festival celebrated each year on the full moon of the twelfth lunar to pay homage to water goddess, drive away bad luck and to seek forgiveness. Small crafty boats or rafts, locally known as krathong with flowers adorning them, usually in the shape of lotus are released in the water bodies of Sukothai, by people, carrying away bad luck from their lives. The festivities include concerts, mind blowing fireworks, cultural performances, beauty pageants, exotic Thai food and family feasts. The celebrations are picturesque with all hues and colors seeming perfect and divine. Often this event coincides with the Lanna festival Yi Peng, in which hundreds of lanterns are released in the sky for good luck.
4. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China
This festival takes place in Harbin the north east china. This is the coolest winter festival of world which commences from 5th January and last for a month and originally came into existence in 1985. This festival offers attractive lantern shows at nights, snow sculpture art expo on the island, skiing activities, romantic sleighs, polar animals and much more.
3. Carnaval de Venezia, Venice, Italy
The carnival of Venice is the oldest, most colorful and most awaited annual fest of Europe which attracts 3 million tourists to Venice each year. Started back in 14th century to commemorate the victory of Venice over Ulrico, the fest begins after Christmas and ends a day before Lent. Colorful and beautiful masks are the most important feature of the Venice Carnival, originally the ritual started so that there could be no differentiation between the ordinary men and the nobility.
Other attractions of the carnival are the gambling clubs, cafes, restaurants, bars, music getaways and exotic food. The spirits are high, the atmosphere is festive and the masks make the carnival appear royal and grand. The competition of the most beautiful mask of the carnival makes the fest even more exciting and fashionable.
2. Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This carnival is for six days and attracts millions of people daily. This carnival features huge parades, loud music, electric action on streets and much more. The parades are done by top samba schools and the dancers wear sexy costumes which add an extra charm in the carnival.
In this carnival the best samba school has also been selected and awarded. This could be the most amazing carnival for a partygoer.
1. Holi, India
Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated on the full moon of the month of March in the north India. Bonefire on the eve of holi signifies victory of good and evil. Heaps of colours, sweets and dishes are prepared in each and every house.
On this day people share greeting, dance on songs, spray coloured water, throw water filled balloons and play with beautiful colours. Also holi is associated with the consumption of intoxicants but the main theme of festival is of sharing happiness in the society.
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