Festivals are celebrations of a community, representing the unity and uniqueness of a particular group or region. From religious festivals to cultural celebrations, festivals are typically tied to historical traditions, carrying them on into the modern world. Featuring parades, live music, dancing, and partying, festivals can be fun and entertaining, or somber and poignant.
Festivals are a great way to experience a local culture and its traditions, meet locals at one of their happiest and wildest times. Some festivals are worth planning an entire vacation around. Here is a look at some of the most colorful festivals around the world.
The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival
This is a very exciting carnival of Spain. People from different parts of the world willingly participate in this festival. For fifteen days, people see the streets of Spain filled with colors, joy, excitement and unlimited fun. Many beautiful girls in their costumes also attend the carnival and one of them is elected as the carnival queen, and thousands of people cover the streets singing and making merry to each other. Different artists and bands give musical performances and the whole crowd sing their bellies out with joy.
Full Moon Party
Few years ago, some tourists saw the most beautiful full moon in Koh Phangan so arranged the full night beach party to celebrate the full moon night and from now onwards this full moon night festival is celebrated every year in Thailand. People from different places come to join this celebration. Thousands of people gather, watch the yellow moon reflecting over the sand beach and people lite lamps and the celebration starts. As the time proceeds, everybody dances around, loads of music is played. Jugglers entertain the crowd, drinks are served and people go around enjoying with each other.
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.
Cologne Carnival in Cologne
This crazy carnival is one of the most famous events in Germany and plays a very important role in Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany. The carnival takes place every year on the second half of February. People spend these crazy days with a great pleasure, dressed in colorful costumes. They gather in the town hall and start the most cheerful days of the year.
The festival of colors, as it is popularly known as, Holi is celebrated throughout north India on the full moon of the month of March. Heaps of colors and pichkaris (low pressure water guns) begin to spread throughout the market places days before Holi. Special sweets and dishes are prepared in advance and a bonfire is observed on the eve of holi which signifies victory of good over evil as per ancient Hindu religious stories. On the day of holi, people play with bright colors, spray colored water on each other, throw water filled balloons on one another, exchange greetings and dance to the rhythm of holi songs.