Eating local cuisine, watching the beautiful landscape, tourism increasingly complete when it is continued by watching cultural attractions or festivals. Enjoying the festival is a way to create a strong bond between tourists and destinations.
In the winter, the City of Harbi in China, holds the world’s biggest touted snow and ice festival. In the event, snow and ice were present in the form of castles, statues, until the game rides. While approaching Chinese New Year, Taiwanese citizens hold a lantern festival, hoping for a better year. While on the American continent, there is Mardi Gras and the exotic Rio de Janeiro Festival. Following the world festival that enlivened 2020, in a country that has a beautiful landscape.
Holi Festival, India
Holi, also called the color festival, is an event held to welcome spring. This festival is held by Hindus in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and countries with Hindu communities, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, Great Britain, Indonesia, Mauritius and Fiji.
A number of worshipers covered in coloring powder danced together while attending the Holi Festival in Chandigarh, India, March 20, 2019. Mythological roots The festival’s roots lie in the Hindu legend of Holika, the female demon, and the demon sister, King Hiranyakashayap. Hiranyakashayap believes that he is the master of the universe and is superior to all gods. REUTERS / Ajay Verma
In West Bengal and Bangladesh, the festival is called Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsab (spring festival). Holi is celebrated on a large scale in the Braj region in places associated with Sri Krishna such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana.
These cities are visited by tourists during the Holi festival season which lasts for up to 16 days. In 2020, the Holi Festival in India begins on March 9. In the event, residents sprinkled each other with colored powder that creates joy with colorful dust.
Harbin Snow and Ice Festival, China
Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival, which is an annual event in the city of Harbin since 1985. Among the sporting activities during the festival are the Alpin Yabuli Skiing, swimming in the Songhua River, and the exhibition of ice lanterns at Zhaolin Park.
The festival, which is more than three decades old, invites world tourists to enjoy ice castles and various sports on the snow. Everything looks like a magnificent Wonderland. The festival, which starts every year on January 5, usually lasts for the next few months.
According to China Highlights, the festival attracts up to 15 million visitors each year. The event was held over 600,000 square meters of space. The shape of the palace or ice that was successfully built reached a height of 45 meters. And, to complete all the art work, around 10,000 workers were employed to cut, transport, and carve ice.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Mardi Gras in 2020 held on February 25. This festival is actually an ancient pagan ritual to celebrate spring and fertility. However, in News Orleans, New Jersey, United States, the meaning of Mardi Gras is completely different from what you imagine. Fertility in the city is interpreted as women’s fertility day.
On that day New Orleans, showing the girls in sexy clothes and party all night at nightclubs. Previously, on the main street, residents paraded in unique costumes. Mardi Gras celebrations are held in Western countries, but only New Orleans is unique, because it displays sensuality.
Derived from French, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. On this day, people do eat fatty food until they are full, to welcome the spring that brings hope and fertility. This festival, which has existed since ancient Roman times, later developed along with the introduction of Catholicism. Slightly changed, the celebration which began the day before Ash Wednesday later also spread throughout the world as Catholicism became more popular.
Hanami Festival, Japan
Hanami or Ohanami is a Japanese tradition of enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms. The blossoming of cherry blossoms is a symbol of happiness with the arrival of spring. On that day, usually in March, Japanese citizens picnic by laying mats to eat with the family under a cherry tree. Cherry trees bloom in Japan from late March to early April (except in Okinawa and Hokkaido).
Hanami comes from two words in Japanese, namely “hana” which means flower and “mi” which means to see. That is, seeing flowers, in this case is sakura. Japanese citizens flock to the park filled with cherry blossoms. They bring mats, folding chairs, disposable tableware, and do not forget garbage bags. That day Jeoang residents were happy with the family.
La Tomatina, Spain
La Tomatina is an annual festival held in the city of Buñol, in the province of Valencia, located in Eastern Spain. Daling participants throw tomatoes and get involved in a tomato fight for entertainment purposes. La Tomatina has taken place since 1945 on the last Wednesday of August, during the festival week of Buñol.
The festival consumes around 120 tons of tomatoes. Initially, this festival was an ordinary parade in 1945. But because someone fell and got emotional, then there was a fight. Incidentally, the commotion took place near the market, so the tomatoes sold were used for weapons.
In 1946, during the city parade, young men brought tomatoes from their homes and then tossed each other. And this event became the history and tradition of the city. Every year, to welcome spring, residents and tourists join in throwing tomatoes at each other.
Residents water each other’s tomato porridge at the Tomatina Festival festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 30, 2017. In this festival, the streets of Bunol become red because they are filled with tomato porridge. REUTERS / Heino Kalis
Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan
Pingxi Old Street is in the Pingxi District, including in the New Taipei City area. So from the capital city of Taipei is not too far away. Can be reached by four-wheeled vehicles in 45-60 minutes. However, the most interesting thing is by train so that you can get off and listen to the station with the old school atmosphere.
This old city area is in a hilly area, so it not only offers uniqueness because it was arranged in the 1930-1940 period but also coolness. Stony streets and simple little shops with old snacks. From sweets, steamed buns, tea, and various cakes. Of course the most typical is the lantern shop.
This area is best known for its lantern creations, even including destinations when the Chinese New Year. Because that’s when Taiwanese citizens race to fly paper lanterns into the air. Known as the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Even before entering this old city area, when arriving in a four-wheeled vehicle tourists will find a lantern-shaped police station on the left side when from Taipei. The lantern wall turned out to also be a screen that certainly tells the story of lanterns.
Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a festival that is held every year before Easter. In 2020, this event will be held on February 21-26. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the largest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first Carnival Festival in Rio was held in 1723.
Rio’s special carnival parade is filled with happy people, ornamental vehicles and jewelry from around 200 samba schools located in Rio. A samba school consists of a collaboration of citizens and communities, who want to attend a joint carnival, with some sort of regional, geographical and general background.
In this carnival, more than 70 thousand people, who are members of 2,500 dance and music groups, descended to the Sambadrome area to enliven the parade. They come down in colorful clothes and vehicles. Brazilian society holds this carnival parade every year, as a release of the routines and difficulties they face.
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, New Mexico, United States
In October, the City of Alburqueque in New Mexico, held the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. This festival is the largest balloon festival in the world, which is held for nine consecutive days.
This festival has been held for more than four decades. When it began in 1972, the festival was only attended by 13 air balloons. Now, more than 600 giant air balloons fill the festival arena, which equals 54 soccer fields. Air balloons that float in the Albuquerque sky in addition to being round with colors, are also tangible figures in films or comics that are mopping up. The attraction, when thousands of balloons float, tourists who drive can see the beautiful desert and valley.
A launch director signals the visitors to immediately leave the landing area on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 3, 2015. The event was attended by hundreds of balloon fans. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson
Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
The Sziget Festival is one of the biggest music and cultural festivals in Europe. This festival is held every August on Óbuda Island in northern Budapest, Hungary. This week-long festival has changed from a small student event in 1993 to one of the most important music festivals in Europe.
The musicians who performed and the visitors who visited him mostly came from Western Europe. In 2011, Sziget was chosen by The Independent as one of the five best festivals in Europe. The festival also won twice in the European Festival Awards for the Best Major European Festival in 2011 and 2014.