Cel -a- brate good times come on! Well that's how the song goes and the world seems to be constantly celebrating. Travelling is fun but when you travel and explore some of the wackiest craziest festivals and celebrations it's double the fun. If you thought only India has many and somewhat different festivals and ways to celebrate you are greatly mistaken. St Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest, Halloween even Mardi Gras are all very publicised and in our opinion over done holidays. There are celebrations worldwide which most people haven't even heard of, and now it's time to join the party!
Carnival in Rio Brazil - This is the biggest carnival in the world and actually dates back to 1823. The carnival hosts the most extravagant samba parade which is actually a dance competition between approximately 200 samba schools in Rio. The fun, dancing, music, food and festivity are infectious and the entire city comes out to celebrate while the rest of the world flies in to catch all the action.
Honen Matsuri in Japan - Don't be shocked to read this but this festival is popularly called the 'fertility festival' Yes you read that right. The folks in Komaki Japan celebrate Honen Matsuri with great pomp. The shito priests play musical instruments; there is a parade along with games and food stalls and lots of entertainment. The only catch is everything is shaped like a penis. From hotdogs, souvenirs - EVERYTHING is shaped to celebrate this fertility themed spring time festival. It's almost like the town bachelorette party being massively over done!
La Fallas Spain - This unique and crazy festival in loud, smoke filled, high spirited and eventually everything is set ablaze! This 5 day festival is a pyromaniac's delight. Massive live sized paper mache puppets or dolls (ninots) are created usually depicting satire or currents events, popular themes are politics or Spanish celebrities. They are placed all over the city in different areas like parks and cleverly stuffed inside with fire crackers. On the last day the crowds start to chant, the street lights are turned off and exactly at 12 am the ninots are set on fire. This cathartic celebration though most find it a lot of fun and is filled with excitement is a weird cross between Disneyland and the apocalypse with the entire city alight with fireworks and burning life like puppets!
Church Rocket Wars Greece - This is an extremely bizarre festival but also a beautiful one. Two rival churches on the Chios islands in Greece have a war of fireworks. From 8pm on Holy Saturday till 12.30 am on Easter Sunday the churches fire around 60,000 firework rockets at each other. It lights the sky ablaze and feels almost like a painting being made in the sky! It's an amazing experience.
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Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time!
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