Festivals: the most loved and cherished times for people of all ages – be it children, teens, adults or the elderly. Radiant Festivals bring in all good things – lights, flowers, fragrances, food, drinks and loads of buzz.
The world’s top 10 most radiant festivals are listed below:
10. Las Fallas, Valencia
This radiant festival is celebrated every year and starts from 13 March to 19 March in the town of Valencia, Spain. The streets of town, covered with huge dolls,have a height of several stories. In this week of festival, open area concerts, social gatherings, long duration of decoration and public fervour are majorly seen.
On the last day, all the dolls are set on fire at midnight with the fireworks. One doll selected on public’s vote is to kept in the museum. This radiant festival has its origin long back in the century when Carpenter used to burn woods to welcome spring.
9. La Feria de Abril, Sevilla
La feria de Abril ,one of the biggest and most radiant festivals of the world, is celebrated annually in Seville, Spain, however, it originally started in 1847 as a livestock fair. It commences a couple of weeks after Semana Santa and goes on without a break for a whole week. Each day, the fiesta attracts men riding horses, clustering around bullrings, groups of friends sharing dances and food and some very beautiful women from Seville.
The women dress in their long, colourful flamenco dresses whereas short jackets, tight trousers, boots and hats adorn the men. The large fair area has lines of cases, which offer music, chilled champagnes, rebujitos and traditional Spanish drinks and food. The entire week sees the frolicsome Sevillianas dancing to the end of their energies day and night.
8. The Chinese New Year
Chinese new year falls on a different day than January 1st because of difference in Gregorian and Chinese calendar methodology. Celebrated for as long as 15 days, it commences from the first new moon of the year to the following full moon.
The festivities include offerings to Chinese gods and ancestors, family feasts, get together and parties, rituals of thanksgivings, the Chinese New year parade and the radiant lantern festival on the fifteenth day. The Chinese new year parade features ion and dragon dances, band marches, performance by martial arts experts and cultural dances. The radiant lantern festival on the final day is a treat to the eyes of a visitor.
7. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico
This radiant festival came into existence in 1972. this is the largest hot air ballooning fiesta in the world. This attracts thousands of pilots and thousand hundreds of spectators. Every year this festival takes place in the first week of October and last for 9 days.
This festival is the most photographed event in the world. The place, Albuquerque provides the best location for this festival due to its geographical Factors. In this radiant festival, hundreds of food vendors spread in the venue of fiesta and visitors got to see the beautiful scene when hundreds of different colours and shaped balloons reach together in the sky.
6. Saint Patrick’s Festival, Dublin, Ireland
This radiant festival is celebrated across the world in resemblance of the death day of saint Patrick. He was the Christian legacy who spread Christianity in Ireland. In Dublin, this festival is celebrated between March 14 to 17 and celebrated by bringing greenery to the city, have music and street performances.
Irish craft beer village, fun fairs, comedy centers, concerts, walk tours around the city and finally the big event- St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th with thousand of performers gathering and entertaining a million visitors. On this day, people adorn green to express their Irishness and shamrock explaining the concept of holy trinity.
5. Carnivale de Venezia, Venice, Italy
This is the oldest carnival which attracts about 3 billion tourists annually to Venice. It originated in the 14th century to celebrate the victory of Venice over Ulrich, this radiant festival starts after Christmas and lasts till before lent. Carnival features the most beautiful masks.
Colourful and beautiful masks are the most important feature of the Venice Carnival. Originally the ritual started so that there could be no differentiation between the ordinary men and the nobility. Other offerings of this carnival are gambling clubs, music, getaways, exotic food etc. The carnival is very royal and grand.
4. Harbin International Ice festival, China
This radiant festival takes place in Harbin the north east china. This is the coolest winter festival of the world. It commences from 5th January and last for a month and originally came into existence in 1985. This festival offers attractive lantern shows at nights, snow sculpture art expo on the island, skiing activities, romantic sleighs, polar animals and much more. It Began in 1985 with traditional ice lanterns with a candle inside. The festival now sports incredible ice block sculptures lit by colourful LEDs and accompanied by pleasing music.
3. Loy Krathong Festival, Sukothai, Thailand
The Loy Krathong is a Thai festival celebrated each year on the full moon of the twelfth lunar to pay homage to water goddess, drive away bad luck and to seek forgiveness. Small crafty boats or rafts, locally known as Krathong with flowers adorning them, are released in the water bodies of Sukothai.
The festivities include concerts, mind-blowing fireworks, cultural performances, beauty pageants, exotic Thai food and family feasts. The celebrations are picturesque with all hues and colours seeming perfect and divine. Often this event coincides with the Lanna festival Yi Peng, in which hundreds of lanterns are released into the sky for good luck.
2. Carnival of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The carnival of Brazil, in Rio De Janeiro, is a six day event, which starts just before the beginning of Lent. It is the world’s most famous carnival and attracts two million people per day on the streets of the city. The carnival is characterised by huge parades organised by samba schools of Brazil, energetic sexy dances and loud music. The parades by top samba schools are beautifully adorned and the samba dancers with gorgeously sexy costumes decorated with feathers. It gives a platform to various samba schools of Brazil to compete with their rivals for the title of the best samba school of the year.
Samba dancers, with gorgeously sexy costumes decorated with feathers serve as a feast to the eyes of a partygoer. It gives a platform to various samba schools of Brazil to compete with their rivals for the title of the best samba school of the year.
1. Holi, India
Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated on the full moon of the month of March in the north India. Bonfire on the eve of Holi signifies victory of good and evil. Heaps of colours, sweets and dishes are prepared in each and every house.
On this day people share a greeting, dance on songs, throw water filled balloons and play with beautiful colours. Also, Holi is associated with the consumption of intoxicants. But, the main theme of the radiant festival is of sharing happiness in the society.