Interesting festivals around the world

Festivals play an important role in cultural identity, and it’s worth noting that there is no better way to appreciate a new culture than by taking part in one of the festivals. There are numerous types of festivals in the world, some religious, and other seasonal changes. Read on to learn about interesting festivals in the world.

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival, China

January 5 — February 5,

Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province in northeast China. Every year this city hosts the festival of ice and snow. The festival was first held in 1985.

With the lapse of years, a simple festival has become an international set of activities. The main object of the festival — sculptures carved out of ice. Very beautiful in the dark, when the sculptures are illuminated with colorful lights.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February or March

One of the first thought, when you think about Brazil, of course, picturesque Rio carnival — the greatest holiday in Brazil, which attracts tenth thousands of visitors from around the world. During the festival the whole city comes to life: the dazzling costumes, Samba (Brazilian dance) and the music create a magical environment full of colors and emotions. Rio Carnival officially begins on Saturday and ends on Tuesday with the beginning of lent.

In 2013, the carnival will be held from 8 to 12 February. The parade will take place on Saturday 16 February 2013. In fact, carnival celebrations are held in every corner of Brazil, including Recife, Olinda, Salvador, however, the largest and most famous takes place in Rio de Janeiro .

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, USA

at the end of February or beginning of March

In New Orleans a lot of events and festivals for all tastes, including the world-famous Mardi Gras parade — the Greatest show on Earth. During the parade, dozens of colorfully decorated people who dress up in celebrity and traversed the streets of New Orleans and its environs.

Mardi Gras is held the day before lent and can pass on any Tuesday from February 3 and March 9. In 2013 Mardi Gras will be held on February 12. The first carnival was held in 1856, but its origin can be traced back to Roman times.

Carnival in Venice, Italy

in the period February and March

The carnival of Venice is perhaps the most popular Venetian festival, when the city is filled with tourists from all corners of the globe. The event starts around two weeks before Ash Wednesday. In the framework of the carnival consists of balls, concerts, parades, dances and many other events.

For the first time the carnival has been celebrated in 1162 and quickly gained popularity among locals and foreign visitors. The main events of the carnival are held at St. Mark’s square. The streets are filled with people in masks and interesting costumes, and actors, magicians, singers and acrobats. In 2013, the carnival will be held — from 2 to 12 February.

Lantern festival, Taiwan

February

February 22 — March 5, 2013 in the small town of Pingxi Festival lantern. The festival announces the end of the Chinese New year. During the festival the streets of the city filled with paper lanterns, miniature lanterns. In 2008, the Discovery Channel has named this festival is the second in the world.

The festival of the White Nights / Scarlet sails, St. Petersburg, Russia

the end of June

St. Petersburg — the glorious city on the Neva, perhaps, the brightest star of the country. From 11 June to 2 July in the city during the White nights (when the sunlight is observed within 24 hours). The White nights festival in St. Petersburg is an annual international festival of arts, classical ballet, Opera and music events. The event also includes the Scarlet Sails celebration with spectacular fireworks.

Also really beautiful Diwali festival of lights in India ( October / November), Las Fallas in Valencia (March 15-19), and the Obon Festival in Japan (in August).

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