2018 New travel plan, five special festivals in the world

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Indian children smear color on each other's face during the Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Monday, March 13, 2017. The festival also heralds the arrival or spring. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath)

Holi Festival, India

“Happy Holi!” Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and end of winter. To play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships are the spirit of Holi, and generally, the people of lower caste can sprinkle with colorful powder and paint to high caste, for the time being, to forget the differences between classes.

The Holi Festival also has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours. Holi Festival will be held on March 2 and 3 this year at Holi Gate in India this year. By the time, the streets must be perfectly covered with all kinds of bright colors.

A man wearing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mask dances as colors are sprayed during the Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Monday, March 13, 2017. The festival also heralds the arrival or spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

White Nights Festival (La Nuit Blanche), Russia

White Night Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia is a festival for commemorating the super long daytime in summer before entering the fall and winter. Because of high latitude of Russia, the daytime in summer lasts much longer than other countries.

Many performances of dance, music, drama and opera will come on during La Nuit Blanche and there will be also a march for participants to dress up and meet each others. White Night Festival will held on June 11 and July 12 this year, and  the most massive and famous public event, Scarlet Sails, will debut during the White Night Festival. The Scarlet Sails is an annual celebration of high school graduates on the graduation day in St. Petersburg. This celebration is held for all the high school graduates to bid farewell to the juvenile stage and to get ready to enter the new stage of life as the dawn comes. The tradition is highly popular for its spectacular fireworks, numerous music concerts and a massive water show.

The Dvortsovy (Palace) drawbridge rises above the Neva River during White Nights in St. Petersburg, Russia, early Monday, June 20, 2005. White Nights where it never truly gets dark, last for about a month from the middle of June till the middle of July. Multiple image was achieved by manually uncovering the lens of an open shutter camera for five second intervals during a five minute exposure.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People watch a frigate with red sails sailing through the raised Troitsky drawbridge on the Neva River during a rehearsal of festivities marking school graduation during White Nights in St. Petersburg, Russia, early Saturday, June 23, 2012. White Nights, where it never truly gets dark, last for about a month from the middle of June till the middle of July. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

La Tomatina, Spain

The renowned La Tomatina in Bunol, Valencia has been held for over 70 years, and this year, it will be coming on August 29. On this festival called “Biggest food festival in the world,” about 100,000 kilograms of tomatoes are going to be thrown to each others in the festival, which let every participants be bathed in millions of tomatoes. However, with the increase of tourists, the charged ticket is needed to join this match of tomatoes now. Besides, there is a mini La Tomatina only for children from 4 to 14 for free also.

Entrepreneurs have seized upon Russia’s boycott of European produce to set up a tomato-throwing fight. The idea is lifted from Spain’s famed annual “La Tomatina” festival. The Dutch event is being marketed as a protest, but participants say they’re mostly looking forward to smacking friends and strangers with overripe tomatoes. Wearing goggles is strongly advised. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Oktoberfest (Munich Beerfest), Germany

As its name, the biggest event in Munich is usually held in October, and this year it will last from September 22 to October 7 in Theresienwiese. In this festival, the beer-lovers can not only taste a variety of beer from traditional Munich Breweries, but enjoy the Germany delicacies, concerts, and circus performances. There are also Germans in traditional Bavarian costumes coming to share joy together.

Ein Arbeiter sammelt am 04.10.2017 auf dem Oktoberfestgelände in München (Bayern) leere Bierflaschen ein, die Besucher dort hinterlassen hatten. Das Oktoberfest endete am 03.10.2017. Photo by: Amelie Geiger/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Gingerbread hearts can be seen in a box at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, 4 October 2017. The Oktoberfest ended on 3 October 2017. Photo by: Amelie Geiger/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Staff standing on the tables celebrate the finale on the last day of Oktoberfest in the Hofbraeu tent in Munich, Germany, 3 October 2017. Photo by: Felix H’rhager/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico

Do you still remember the Disney picture ‘Coco’? The little boy Miguel who loves singing takes an adventure on Día de los Muertos in order to find his dead singer grandfather for receiving the approval of singing from his family. Día de los Muertos which is usually celebrated on November 11 and 12 is the biggest festival of Mexico. Different from Asian culture, Mexican sigh the dead ancestor with a joyful mood and bustling activities. Mexican will post a colorful paper-cut of skull, make up as a skeleton and be immersed in a carnival atmosphere.

Girls participate in a Day of the Dead march calling for justice for victims of femicide, Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Mothers of women who were murdered led the march by more than 100 women wearing traditional “Catrina” face paint and carrying pictures of women who have been killed. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

In the meanwhile, they will also prepare marigolds and all kinds of food to welcome the dead relatives and friends going home for reunion. In addition, there will be lively parade in Mexico City. Walking skeletons everywhere and the gorgeous carnival make the event about dead people so light and relaxed that people can forget all the pressure.

Neighbors make a Day of the Dead altar outside Multifamiliar Tlalpan, where nine people killed when a building collapsed in the Sept. 19 earthquake, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. People in Mexico are marking this year’s holiday by remembering the people killed in the Sept. 19 earthquake. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
A stuffed bear sits amidst candles on a Day of the Dead altar outside the Enrique Rebsamen school, part of which collapsed in the Sept. 19 earthquake killing more than two dozen people, mostly children, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Mexico’s traditional view of the dead is not ghoulish or frightful, rather they are seen as the “dear departed,” but this time many of the dead departed so recently that the grief is still fresh. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)