Travel Tips: 6 Amazing Festivals from Around the World and other travel tips

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Travel Tips: 6 Amazing Festivals from Around the World and other travel tips

Be prepared for a wonderful adventure. If you are a folksy person, that craves a cultural adventure in all its splendor, this video may give you inspiration a few ideas to where you want to go next for a field trip around the world. So sit back and enjoy.

Jaipur Elephant Festival (India) – Jaipur is in the Indian state Rajasthan. This festival is the perfect opportunity to see these royal and regal creatures in all their splendor. Elephants are washed, painted and groomed in all finery by the Mahouts, who are the caretakers of the animals. The most beautifully decorated elephant is awarded. This festival starts off with a beautiful procession of decorated elephants, camels, horses and folk dancers. You can also see many people throwing gulaal or the famous coloured poder India is well known for. It takes places around the same dates as the Holi Festival so plan in advance, you may be able to do only one each year.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (USA) – Over 500 balloons each year. The sky fills with hundreds of balloons at once. It takes place in the city Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico, USA every year during the month of November as a 9 day event. The origins of this mega balloon festivity takes us back to the year 1974 when local radio station, 770 KOB Radio, wanted to celebrate its 50th year anniversary. Nowadays, is the latest hot air balloon festival in the world.

Yi Peng Lantern Festival (Thailand) – Takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Yi means “two” and peng means a “full moon day”. Floating lanterns are launched into the air. This festival is a visual magical delight. The atmosphere that transmits is out of this world. Each year is attracting more and more tourists from Thailand and all over the world. Lately, there have been different versions of the festival, pay and free, touristy and local. I recommend to research as to what sort of experience you are in to.

Holi Color Festival (India) – Cities and towns turn into a riot of colour and fun. Also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. Originally, this is a Hindu religious festivity but lately has become quite popular among non hindus around the World. We can see similar festivities all over the world that have been definitely inspired by the original. Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance.

Mohácsi Busójárás – Winter Scareaway Festival (Hungary) – Celebration features Busós, dress up as menacing monsters and roam the streets as part of an ancient Pagan tradition to scare off evil winter spirits. It is usually held during the month of February, were Croats who live in the town of Mohács, Hungary, at the end of the Carnival season (“Farsang”), the day before Ash Wednesday. The origins of the festival takes us back to the Ottoman Empire times. People from the town of Mohács fled away and started hiding in nearby swamps and other towns to avoid Ottoman troops.

Día de los Muertos (Mexico) – Is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. Yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl all over the altars. The streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado , flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. This festival takes place in different parts of Mexico. Some of the best experiences can be in Patzcuaro, Oaxaca or even in Mexico city. If you are looking for a local folkloric and visually rich version of the festivity definitely aim at Patzcuaro. This feast takes places early November. Usually starting from the 1st to the 4th, although the main day takes place during the 2nd.

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