In six exact weeks I am going to turn 30, I have been thinking about a lot of the things I haven’t been able to do throughout my 20’s because I’ve been too busy working on my career and bringing up a child. I know that I want to travel, I know that I want to submerse myself into other cultures and truly see the world through my own eyes. Tapanga and I have always had a plan that when she finishes her GCSE’s we shall take off travelling and see what the world has to offer us. One of the things I have always wanted to do is see some of the most amazing festivals the world has to offer and I thought now is the time to think about the absolute Top 5 that I would love to go to.
Arguably the worlds biggest festival, and not to mention it’s wildest party. Brazil’s Carnival is considered to be the greatest show on earth. The event attracts almost 5 million people every year with over half a million travelling from across the world to see the show.
Historically, Carnival is a religious celebration. The festival takes place in February or March , over the 5 days preceding the Catholic season of Lent, which starts 40 days before Easter. It also coincides with the end of a hot Brazilian summer.
It looks absolutely insane and it is definitely something I want to experience once in my life.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
The International Ice and Snow Festival celebrates everything cold and makes the most of a bitter winter in Harbin, China with the most amazing sculptures made out of ice and snow.
Harbin receives some seriously cold weather in the winter months with temperatures reaching as low as -31. This gives the perfect temperature for these amazing ice and snow sculptures to live in the month long festival.
La Tomintina started way back in 1945 in Valencia, Spain. It is a festival I have wanted to visit since I was a kid – Who doesn’t want to take part in what is essentially the biggest food fight in the world?.
Legend has it that the whole thing was started when some local boys were up to no good. They joined a parade that was happening and knocked a performer that was dressed as a giant with a big head on stilts over. The performer became enraged and started lashing out, and a vendors fruit and vegetable stand became victim to the mayhem.
Mardi Gras is like New Orleans answer to Brazils Carnival. It is an amazing cultural spectacle and can also be known as Fat Tuesday.
The celebration is held every year the day before Ash Wednesday, it is filled with spectacular performances and music. It is somewhere I have dreamed of going my whole life, I actually have dreamed of visiting New Orleans since I was a kid and it would be great if I could visit to take in not only Mardi Gras but everything else New Orleans has to offer.
Dia De Los Muertos
Mexico’s most important and widely celebrated holiday Cinco de Mayo, translated to Day of the Dead is celebrated through festivities that start on October 31st until November 2nd.
It’s all about getting together with your friends and family to remember and celebrate ancestors who have died and to help them on their spiritual journey.
Dia De Los Muertos has been something I have been very interested in and would love to be a part of since I found out more about my heritage over the years.
Luckily www.Destination2.co.uk flies to many of these destinations and at fabulous prices. I know that once we start sorting out our plans for when Tapanga’s GCSE’s are over we will definitely be looking into what they have to offer. There are also so many other festivals in the world that take my fancy and I am sure there are many that may take yours too.