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Eight Famous Festivals around Globe World
World famous festivals are too many. In this article we discuss the top eight famous festivals. Those eight famous festivals are, Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea; Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival- Heilongjiang, China; White Nights Festival- St. Petersburg, Russia; Running Of the Bulls Festival – Spain; Carnival of Venice – Italy; La Tomatina – Spain; Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan; Oktober Fest – Munich, Germany.
Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea
This is a very popular summer festival. It takes in a place called Daecheon Beach in Boryeong of Chung Cheognam which is very close to Seoul. Mud festival was started in 1998 in order to promote tourism. Every year it is celebrated for 10 days. Daecheon beach is one of the largest beaches in the west coast of South Korea. This land is famous for its mud as it is rich in nutrients and is very good for the skin. Many activities like swimming, water sports, mud massages, mud beauty therapies and mud pool activities attract native people and tourists from all over the world.
Harbin International Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival- Heilongjiang, China
This festival takes place in Heilongjiang, China. This snow festival is famous throughout the world and it attracts a lot of tourists every year. The snow is sculpted in different shapes in accordance to the theme of the festival. The festival usually goes on for a month in winter. Ice sculptures are exhibited in two different places, one is Sun Island which is on the banks of Songhua River and other one is the ice and snow world, where thick blocks of ice from Songhua river is used to make the ice buildings. These snow sculptures when illuminated, offer a breath taking view to on lookers. Yabuli Alping skiing, winter swimming in Songhua River and the ice lantern exhibition are some of the other activities held during this festival.
White Nights Festival- St. Petersburg, Russia
This is celebrated in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is one of the famous international Arts festivals held during the mid-night sun season, which occurs in the month of May and lasts up to June. The festival has thus acquired a sobriquet White Night Festival. Many performances are given every evening in different theatres like Marlinsky theatre, concert hall and St. Petersburg palace square. Several popular activities and carnivals are held in Peterhof. The most popular historic events from the times of Catherine and Peter are enacted by the actors wearing the periodic costumes. One of the most popular public events during the White nights festival is the Scarlet Sails. This tradition involves spectacular fireworks, water shows and a wide variety of music concerts.
Running Of The Bulls Festival – Spain
It is also known as the Festival of San Fermin which is officially conducted from 7th to 14th July every year. The Bull Run starts exactly at 8am everyday. The running stretch is 825 metres and it starts from the Corral at Santo Domingo and the average time taken to complete the stretch is about 3 minutes. A rocket is fired marking the beginning of the festival after which the gates are opened at Santo Domingo Corral. Runners who are dressed up in white and with a red hanky tied around their necks get ready. When the second rocket is launched it signifies that the bulls are on their way. The runners along with the bulls start running and the spectators stand behind the fences and witness this event. The sound of the third rocket signifies that the bulls have entered the bull ring. The sound of the fourth bell signifies that the Bull Run has ended. It is both a dangerous and highly entertaining event.
Carnival Of Venice – Italy
It is one of the most popular festivals in Italy which takes place for almost two weeks. The opulent masquerade is one of the highlights of the event. The activities include concerts, candle-lit-parade of boats and street performances. Many tourists participate in in this carnival by walking with all kinds of fancy dresses and by wearing a wide variety of Venetian masks. During this festival, Venice comes alive with the vivid colours and sound.
La Tomatina Famous Festivals – Spain
It is a popular and one of the largest food fight festivals held every year in Spain. Usually held in the month of August on last Wednesday, it is a fun filled, happy-go-lucky La Tomatina festival where people throw tomatoes at one another. Great music, dance and fireworks are the other attractions. The tomatina festival begins at 11am and ends at 1pm. Hundreds of trucks carrying tomatoes are seen supplying tomatoes to the public and people engage themselves by throwing tomatoes at each other madly. Only smashed tomatoes are used in order to avoid injury.
Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan
The lantern festival is celebrated annually during the Chinese New Year. This festival is a marvellous feast to one’s eyes as hundreds and thousands of floating lanterns are let out into the sky each carrying a personal prayer or wishes to God. Pingxi which is located high in the mountains is the only place where sky lanterns can be let off legally as it is a safe place. One has to get on-site registration done to participate in this festival at the Pingxi official grounds.
8. Oktober Fest – Munich, Germany
People with a cherished inclination for jubilation and rejoicing parties impatiently wait for the Oktober fest every year. Earlier it started as the marriage party of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810. This celebration is continued every year. This fest is marked as the world’s largest beer festival. It is held for 17-18 days starting from the last Saturday in September and ending on the first Sunday of October. A record of 17million people participate in this fest consuming nearly 6million litres of Bavarian beer. As many as 14 main beer tents are set up out of which 6 are large tents and serve almost 12,000 people per day. Many special events, carnival games, costume and Rifleman’s parade, open air music concerts are the special attractions of this festival.