Holi is a spring festival, also known as the festival of love or the festival of colours.It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in several parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro ,Brazil
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. The 1st festivals of Rio date back to 1723.
The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with floats, revelers and adornments from numerous samba schools which are situated in Rio (more than 200 approximately, divided into five leagues/ divisions). A samba school is composed of a collaboration of native neighbors that want to attend carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical common background.
Burning Man ,USA
Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Navada. The event is described as an experiment in art and community, influenced by ten main principles, including “radical” inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, gifting and decommodification, and leaving no trace. 1st held in 1986 on Baker, Beach in San Francisco as a small function organized by Larry Harvey and a group of friends, it has since been held annually, spanning from the last Sunday in August to the 1st Monday in September (Labor Day).
Diwali (or Deepavali, the “festival of lights”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in spring (southern hemisphere) or autumn(northern hemisphere) every year.Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in Hinduism. It is an official holiday in India, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago .The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside windows and doors, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a 5-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between the months mid-Oct and mid-Nov.
Chinese New Year ,China
Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also called as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the eve to the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day of the 1st calendar month, making it one of the longest celebrated festivals. The 1st day of the New Year falls on some day between 21 January and 20 February.
La Tomatina ,Spain
La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Bunol, a town situated in the East of Spain 30 kilometers / 19 miles from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 It has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
Day of the Dead ,Mexico
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, especially in the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of friends and family to pray for and remember family members and friends who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008 the celebration was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO UNESCO.
Carnival of Venice ,Italy
The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, 40 days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday(Martedi’ Grasso or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is popular for its elaborate masks.
Taiwan Lantern Festival , Taiwan
The Taiwan Lantern Festival is an annual festival hosted by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and communications in Taiwan to celebrate the Lantern festival.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volks fest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich,Bavaria, Germany, it is a sixteen-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the 1st weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modelled after the original Munich event.