Since Christmas and New Year’s rocketed by, there’s a long way to go before we see those days again. Celebrations do not necessarily end there! There’s much more to learn about the different cultures and the various festivals that are celebrated worldwide. So, while you still linger on past holidays, here are cultural festivals that you might want to participate in. Let’s get started!
Holi is a festival celebrated by Hindus worldwide. It is also known as the Festival of colours. This festival is based on a love story between two Hindu gods, Radha and Krishna. Krishna, a god with blue skin, loved Radha, a goddess with fair skin. He was always anxious about the fact that Radha or the other ladies wouldn’t like him because of his skin colour. Therefore, the mother of gods suggested that he apply colour to his beloved face. So, every year, for the full moon in February or March, this story is celebrated. This festival is celebrated by throwing dyes of different colours and water on people. It’s fun, vibrant and safe!
Up Helly Aa Fire!
This is the biggest fire festival celebrated in the world and is held in Shetland, Scotland. This festival dates to the 1880’s. Initially, this festival grew out of the tradition of tar barrelling. Groups of young men would drag out barrels of burning tar through town causing ruckus. Then, torches were introduced and barrelling was stopped. The first torch celebration took place in 1881, and the first galley was burnt in 1889. Up Helly Aa is celebrated by a parade of Viking dressed men, marching through the streets with fire lit torches.
Snow and Ice Festival
The snow and ice festival is the biggest ice festival in the world and it takes place in Harbin, China. It starts on January the 5th and lasts up to one month. If the weather permits it, the exhibition stays longer. The show consists of various gigantic ice sculptures and can reach about 46 meters in height. Up to 15 million people attend this show, and since it has gone international, the audience continues to grow bigger!
Carnevale has been a Venice tradition since the 13th Century. After the Venice Republic held victory against the Patriarch of Aquileia, this festival started. People were so happy, they started dancing in San Marco Square. This festival became official in the Renaissance. Now, people from all over the world flock over to Venice to celebrate in this masquerade. Want to get a taste of the Carnevale? You can plunge into that mesmerising atmosphere at Bingo Extra on the reels of Royal Masquerade slots. Enjoy top mobile slots anytime!
Oktoberfest is celebrated in the last week of September and lasts till the first week of October. It is the largest and most popular beer festivals in the world where more than 5 million tons of beer are consumed. When King Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate. Since it was such a big celebration, it was kept and officialised in 1811 and named, Oktoberfest.