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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.