You remember Shakespeare saying, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players”?Yes we are mere players playing our part and will depart some day. But before you depart, no matter in which part of the world you belong, make sure you see these at least once.
6. The festival of colours (Holi)
Sanity is undoubtedly boring and the fun which takes an abode in insanity is of course the best. If you are an Indian, you know what I mean. I am talking about the festival of colours, Holi. Though the festival was celebrated by the Hindus initially, the popularity reached the non-Hindus as well. Apart from people of India and Nepal, now different parts of Europe, North America and South Asia celebrate the same.
The festival starts with bonfire, the night before the actual festival, where people sing and dance. The very next morning is the day of colours. The best part of the festival is, everyone participates irrespective of the fact whether you are rich or poor, a stranger, a friend, enemy, elder or younger. From dry colours to colored water, you are allowed to pour anything on each other. Coloured water filled balloons are also used for water fight.
5. Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury
Now if you have tasted insanity, it’s time for you to taste some elegance. Where on earth will you find music blended with amazing light shows? This four day festival; in Rothbury, Michigan mainly focuses on jam bands with some amazing light shows.
They create an atmosphere of wilderness. Specialty of the festival is donating a portion of the revenue to a township nearby.
4. Asia’s Lantern Festival
Do you understand term “simple pleasures”? They aren’t extravagant. They are simple, butstill give us pleasure. May be the festival, which is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar is one such pleasure. This festival is as ancient as the Western Han Dynasty. Those who are of Chinese and Vietnamese origin celebrate it. During the festival, children go out to the temples at night carrying lanterns made up of paper.
They solve the riddles on the lanterns. This festival is very symbolic. At night, in the end, all the lanterns are allowed to let go and fly awaysymbolizing that theyare letting their past to fade away and hoping for good fortune. No one is sure if truly they come out of their past and welcome the present, but the faith and hope remains in us. As in Latin they, “Dum spiro, spero”(while I breathe, I hope)
3. Japan’s Winter light festival
Now why should you visit this? Have you ever heard people celebrating a season? No, there is no dual meaning intended. I literally mean “season”. Yes, they celebrate winter.
The people of Japan, rather the people of Kuwana city of Japan celebrate winter in a magnificent way.They use millions of LED lights and uses batteries charged by solar panels in the Nabana No Sato botanical garden, known as winter light festival.
2. Carnevale of Venice
Want to get into the state of being invisible? Okay, not literally invisible this time. But you can hide yourself for some time. Forget who you are and just enjoy! This is an annual festival, which takes place in Italy. This festival started around the Renaissance period.
Though it was absent for a certain period of time, the government decided to bring the culture and history of Venice back. The masks are the main feature of the carnival. The masks are made up of sometimes leather, at times porcelain or sometimes even the original glass, though the traditional masks were very simple in design. The exquisite costumes they use steal the show. Undoubtedly, something that no one in this world should miss.
1. La Tomatina of Buñol in Spain
And you thought tomatoes are only to be eaten? Ask Spain! Have you ever seen cat fights? It started somewhat in a similar way, somewhere in the 1940’s some young people wanted to participate in a parade, but were not allowed. When they tried to barge in, they were knocked down. Being extremely furious one of them went to the nearest stall grabbed some tomatoes and started throwing them at others, and of course they followed him, you know how it goes?
This is how the whole festival started and the popularity is growing each year. The Celebration goes on for a whole week- parades, loads of food, wine flows, amazing fireworks, contests and of course street parties. The Mediterranean city of Buñol in Spain hosts this festival known as La Tomatina.