Holiday Upelliot – Shetland Islands
The celebrated Scottish holiday Ugellio is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January in the city of Lerwick in the north of the Shetland Islands. This is the day on which participants dressed with Vikings with torches in their hands and sonorous mountains lead through the city a 30-foot ship with a dragon on its nose for subsequent burning on the seashore.
The holiday is dedicated to the Vikings, who landed in the 9th century on the Shetland Islands, near the coast of Scotland, and this was a significant event in the history of the islands. The big fire festival is considered one of the most unique in the world.
Hadaka Matsuri Holiday – Japan
This is one of the most unusual and popular holidays in Japan. On the third Saturday of February, Japanese men from 23 to 43 years old in the city walk in some loin bandages and drink sake. By tradition, in this way they are trying to cleanse themselves of problems and troubles. It is forbidden to undress only to men who have tattoos on the body.
In Japan, it is believed that cold not only hardens the body, but also purifies the soul. Therefore, in the cold month of February, warming up with free sake, a crowd of naked men goes to the Sideaji Temple, where, at the culmination of the holiday, they arrange fights and pour cold water. At midnight, the priests of the temple throw into the crowd several sacred amulets of Singa, which bring great luck the whole of the next year. The holiday is held mainly in small towns, and its history began in Okayama in the 8th century.
Festival Jazz Fest – New Orleans
New Orleans is considered the world capital of jazz, and in late April – early May, one of the largest jazz festivals of the world – JazzFest – is held here. Performers of jazz music organize concerts in open and closed scenes, or even just on the streets of the city.
The Louisiana jazz festival is famous not only for its music, but also for its unique New Orleans cuisine. This is a po-boy duck, fried eggplants with Cuban crayfish sauce, lobster and oyster. And some fans come here every year just to try again unusual festive dishes.
Holiday Tomatina – Spain
Tomatina or the battle of tomatoes (La Batalle del Tomate) takes place in the last week of August in the town of Bunyole in eastern Spain.
The annual tomato festival is dedicated to the outgoing summer and it passes with festive fireworks, dancing, incendiary music and free treats. The culmination of the holiday is the tomato battle (La Tomatina), which takes place in the town square.
After the signal from a petard, cars with hundreds of tons of tomatoes arrive on the streets of the city, with which the participants of the battle rush at each other. At this time, almost all public institutions in the city are closed, and the windows and doors of houses are covered with plastic.
After the tomato, city streets resemble tomato rivers, sometimes reaching the ankles of the feet. Nothing, except tomatoes, can not be thrown, and the vegetables themselves are recommended to be crushed before throwing in order to avoid injuries. At the end of the holiday, you can swim in the pool with tomato juice and try the ham of a traditional Iberian pig.
Holiday Burning Man – USA
On the last Monday of August, artists and artists, DJs and musicians gather in the Black Rock Desert. At the end of the holiday a large figure of a wooden man is burned. Black Rock City is a kind of mythical city that appears and disappears in a few days.
Various art objects are installed in the desert, the participants are fantastically dressed and painted, music concerts and dances are held. An unusual celebration of self-expression was first celebrated in 1986.
Flower Parade – Holland
Every year on the first weekend of September, a solemn procession of platforms with flowers in the shape of animals and heroes of folk tales takes place along the main street of the Dutch town of Aalsmeer, which stretches for two and a half kilometers to the center of Amsterdam. This is one of the most famous and unforgettably beautiful flower shows in the world.
During the famous parade, musicians perform, various performances and dances take place. More than a million flowers adorn the platform boats and cars – these are roses, chrysanthemums, lilies, freesia and, of course, the pride of Holland – tulips, which are considered one of the symbols of this country. Not only the “participants” of the flower parade are decorated, but also all the houses, fences, cars of the city. On Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam begins a gala concert, which completes the procession.
Festival of Light – Berlin
A lot of impressions can be obtained by visiting the Festival of Light in Berlin. Every year, since 2005, in the second half of October for two weeks, all known places of the city are decorated with lighting installations. At night, a city is turned into a fairy tale by a myriad of multi-colored light bulbs on the facades of buildings and monuments. The holiday is complemented by laser shows, fireworks and flashlights. The bars, restaurants and museums are open until late at night.
More than 70 famous historical buildings and places of the city, such as Alexander Square, TV Tower, Unter den Linden Street, facades of Berlin House, Berlin Cathedral, Main Station buildings, Charlottenburg castle, etc., became “participants” of the festival. To help tourists see all the lighting arrangements , the city runs a special bus “LightLiner”, as well as river buses, bicycles and even a balloon, also decorated with colored illumination. The festival of light ends with the City Light Run night marathon, the participants of which make a 10-kilometer run in the center of Berlin.
Chocolate Festival – Italy, Perugia
Every year in October, in Italy, in the city of Perugia, the traditional Euro-chocolate holiday is held. All the sweet tooths of the world come here to taste sweets made according to old traditional recipes and based on the latest technologies.
Las Fayas – Spain
This is a celebration of fireworks and the most beautiful fireworks held in Spain from March 14 to March 19 (during the Butter Week). Pyrotechnics (specialists who are engaged in salutes and fireworks) come up with a lot of special effects to entertain the audience and give her an unforgettable show! Festival of Gourmet in St. Moritz – Switzerland
Gourmet Festival in St. Moritz (Gourmet Festival) – an annual gastronomic festival, which takes place in the winter at the famous ski resort in Switzerland for 5 days.
Not less than the ski slopes of St. Moritz has also long been famous for its restaurants, and the Engadin valley has a long tradition of the leading culinary region in the Alps. Therefore, it is here – on the “Top of the World” at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level – this festival of “gourmet cuisine” takes place. Every year, first-class chefs from all over the world, owners of top chef titles and “hubcaps”, come to St. Moritz for the Gourmet Festival and, together with their local counterparts, work wonders in the kitchen. They gather here to showcase their talents to all connoisseurs and simply lovers of delicious dishes, for which for five days in the best hotels of St. Moritz, tables are laid for numerous tastings, culinary revues and gala dinners. The opening of the festival takes place in the 5-star Carlton Hotel.
On festival days, all guests and participants can not only taste the creations of the masters of gourmet cuisine, but also watch the process of cooking and taste the delicacies right from the heat. The peak of the festival is a dinner for 300 persons, which is held in the famous hotel “Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains”.
For the festival guests and tourists, the program includes numerous parties, gala dinners, cocktails, themed dinners, as well as an interesting cultural program and tasting of fine wines. Traditionally, the Gourmet Festival ends with a demonstration of culinary skills on the shores of the frozen lake of St. Moritz, promising a fantastic combination of beautiful natural views and exclusive dishes.
Flower Festival – Thailand
The Flower Festival – one of the most beautiful and impressive events in Thailand – is held annually in the north of the country, in the city of Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai Flower Festival). The holiday begins on the first Friday of February and lasts for three days.
Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of different colors are carried through the city. The most beautiful girls sew exotic national costumes for this event – after all, at the end of the festival the most beautiful of them will be chosen. Beauty will be the queen of flowers.
All flower festivities begin early in the morning and end late in the evening. The festival is filled with a variety of exciting events: the opening ceremony, processions, exhibitions and competitions of floral decorators, fairs, performances, the election of the beauty queen.
Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale – Germany
Berlin International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin) The Berlinale is the largest event in Germany and one of the most important in Europe. The festival takes place in February.
Along with the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, the Berlinale is also one of the central events in the world of cinema. But unlike others, it is focused primarily on the “author’s” and “intellectual cinema”. Feature films and short films made during the year before the festival and not shown at other festivals take part in the festival’s competitive program.
Premieres take place in the palace “Berlinale Palast”. The jury of the festival, which consists of famous actors, writers, directors and cultural figures, pays special attention to the fact that films from all over the world will be presented at the Berlinale.
As a rule, about 350 films are shown at the festival, and about 200 thousand people attend it. In addition to the competition program, there are sections for the International Young Cinema Forum, Panorama, Forum for New Cinema (these are avant-garde and non-commercial films), a video festival, a film festival for children, as well as a European film market.
The main award is the Golden Bear. The main award is the Golden Bear. The main award is the Golden Bear (the bear is the heraldic symbol of Berlin), awarded for the best film. “Silver Bear” is awarded in several categories – “Best Director”, “Best Actor”, “Best Actress”, “Best Music”; individual prizes are awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of art, for the best film debut, as well as the Alfred Bauer Prize, which celebrates the film, “opening new ways in the cinema.”
Marlborough Wine Festival – New Zealand
The Marlborough Wine Festival is the largest wine festival in New Zealand. The Marlborough region is today a world-famous wine region located in the north-east of South Island, the largest of the islands of New Zealand.
It is here that every year on the second weekend of February, from Friday to Sunday, the Wine Festival takes place. Although this is quite a young holiday, and its history has only a few years, but every year the popularity of this festival is growing. Every year, gourmets and wine lovers gather here not only from all over New Zealand, but also from abroad. Traditionally, the holiday is held in the famous winery Montana Brancott Estate.
A rich cultural program, free wine seminars, wine secrets and more, holiday atmosphere, dancing, general fun and Savignon Blanc are essential attributes of the Wine Festival on the most cloudy edge of the earth. New Zealanders traditionally take pride in their winemaking traditions, so the Wine Festival has become almost a national holiday for them.
Film Ceremony “Cesar” – France
The main cinema award of France “Cesar” – one of the most prestigious awards for success in the cinema. It was established by the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Technology and is considered the European equivalent of Oscar.
The César Prize is awarded to French and foreign films based on the results of a secret ballot by members of the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts, which runs in two rounds. Ballot papers are sent by mail, and they are also collected. During the first round, five candidates for the award in each of the nominations are determined, in the second round – the winners. Oscar Film Awards Ceremony – USA
The main national film award of the United States and one of the most prestigious film awards of the world – Oscar (Oscar) is the oldest award in the world in the field of media, but still remains one of the most significant awards in world cinema. It is presented annually by the American Film Academy (Film Academy) at a solemn ceremony, which is traditionally held in late February at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles (USA).
International Cuban Cigar Festival – Cuba, Havana
In late February, the annual International Cuban Cigar Festival (Habanos Cigar Festival) opens in Havana. Usually more than 600 manufacturers, exporters, collectors and simply lovers of famous tobacco from 47 countries of the world participate in it. The five-day festival program includes exhibitions, concerts, trips to tobacco plantations, discussions and presentations. And it’s all about Cuban cigars. There are various contests and auctions of tobacco products. Guests are offered trips to tobacco factories and plantations, as well as the opportunity to participate in seminars on a variety of topics: from the ability to produce cigars and art to enjoy them, to identify fakes. The program provides lunch, during which fine wines are served with certain types of cigars.
Beer Day in Iceland – Iceland
March 1 in Iceland – Bjórdagurinn, Beer Day is celebrated. The most important thing on this day is to drink it as much as you can contain. The date of the festival is not accidental – on this day, the adoption of the law on strong beer, which has been operating in Iceland since 1989, is celebrated. This act abolished the “dry law”, which was in effect in the country for 75 years. Beer day is celebrated in all bars and restaurants.
In addition, there is a beer festival, especially the active participants of which are students who drink beer in the noisiest pubs of Reykjavik, but anyone can join. It is possible to celebrate the holiday not only in the pub (Photo: glen gaffney, Shutterstock) It is possible to celebrate the holiday not only in the pub (Photo: glen gaffney, Shutterstock) Squashes are open until the morning, and it’s just that you have something to pay for, since the price of beer in Iceland, frankly, rather big. To be more precise, the prices are among the highest in the world (more than 10 euros per pint at the bar – in 2008).
O-hanami (festival of flowering and admiring sakura) – Japan
It is impossible not to say, probably, about the main spring event in Japan – the flowering of sakura. Japanese call sakura Japanese o-hanami. Sakura’s flowering period is not an official holiday in Japan. In the Japanese calendar there is neither a national holiday, nor special holidays or days off associated with this magnificent natural wonder. But psychologically, this is undoubtedly a holiday, both for the Japanese themselves and for many foreign tourists.
In the March days of flowering of sakura, parks, squares, alleys, as well as the territories of Buddhist and Shinto temples with blossoming sakura, visit and spend a great number of people in them. The flowering period is relatively short, so the flowering of sakura is admired both in the daytime and in the evening. Evening inspection of Sakura is incredibly popular: after 6 pm, the trees are very skillfully lit, and a walk in such an atmosphere is filled with romanticism and some mystery. But, frankly, to retire in silence there is no possibility – around the mass of people!
Kite Fest – China
Dragons are central to Chinese mythology. In contrast to European dragons, usually depicted as evil and bloodthirsty, the Chinese dragon was, as a rule, a kind being, gracious, gracious to people. For this, the Chinese loved their dragons and gave them high honors. In April, the International Kite Festival (Weifang International Kite Festival) is held in honor of this main mythological creature in the Chinese city of Weifan, in which more than one hundred thousand people from more than 60 countries of the world take part.
In addition to the main eventful program, trade and culinary fairs are held during the festival.
Whiskey Festival – UK
One of the famous festivals of Scotland is the whiskey festival in Speyside (Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival). Each country has its own national product, its own national pride. The Scots are proud of their whiskey. With the onset of spring in Scotland begins the time of the festivals and holidays devoted to whiskey.
The first to start The Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival. It is followed by Feis Ile – a festival of Malt and Music. And so on until September, when the last one starts – Autumn Speyside Whiskey Festival.
Speyside is the place where the highest density of location of the distillery in the world. There are more than 100 factories producing the famous drink there. There are the most famous distilleries – Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Strathisla … Once a year, ordinary people can visit the factories of the most prestigious whiskey manufacturers
Once a year, ordinary people can visit the plants of the most prestigious whiskey producers (Photo: Jaime Pharr, Shutterstock) Once a year, ordinary people can visit the plants of the most prestigious whiskey manufacturers. In normal times, factories do not allow outsiders to enter their workshops. The main and most attractive part of the festival is the tasting of numerous varieties and varieties of flavored beverages, including those led by experts.
During the festival you can try the most rare and matured whiskeys. During the festival there are meetings with collectors who can share their experience, dance programs with a national bias. There are historical insights, telling about technological processes, the evolution of the design of bottles and labels. Visits to the museum garages of factories are organized, where all the samples of original trucks that deliver the desired product to consumers are collected.
Those participants in whom whiskey begins to awaken the boiling blood of their ancestors are invited to take part in Scottish sports competitions: throwing a log or hammer. The festival program honors the local elixir of life, fun contests, receptions and dinners in the distilleries, Scottish parties with music and dancing, special menus in restaurants, various contests and competitions, a kilt fashion show (Scottish skirts), a visit to the Whiskey Museum and a contest for the most the rapid construction of barrels, exhibitions and Scottish folk music evenings.
Canadian Tulip Festival – Ottawa
One of the most magnificent holidays of spring – The Canadian Tulip Festival of Tulips in Canada – starts annually in Ottawa in the first week of May and lasts just over two weeks.
Every year in May, the Canadian capital is buried in a colorful sea of tulips, which, according to a long-standing tradition, are sent to Canada by grateful Dutch people. This tradition emerged after the Second World War, during which Canada provided shelter for the royal house of the Netherlands who had to flee from the fascist regime. Queen Margriet was born here on the North American continent. However, in order to become the heir to the throne, she had to be born in her native country.
The Canadian government, by special decree, kindly proclaimed a room in the Ottawa hospital where the princess was born, the territory of the Netherlands. Returning to his homeland in 1945, the Princess of Holland Juliana sent 100 thousand tulip bulbs to Ottawa as a gift. The gift was made not only in gratitude for the asylum, but also in recognition of the role played by the Canadian liberators of Holland. Since then, tulips have become a symbol of international friendship and the first sign of this spring in Ottawa.
The first festival was held in 1953. To this day, 20 thousand bulbs come from Holland annually, and now there are more tulips growing in Ottawa than in any other city in the world. During the flowering of tulips, Ottawa turns into the floral capital of the world, despite the fact that it is one of the coldest capitals. More than 1.5 million tourists come to the country every year to see the blooming of more than 5 million tulips.
Dixieland Festival Dresden – Germany
The Dixieland Festival Dresden (International Dixieland Festival Dresden) is the international jazz and blues music festival, the oldest jazz festival in Europe and the second largest dixieland festival in the world. It takes place annually, beginning in 1971, in the middle of May and lasts a week.
During the festival days, more than 60 concerts are held on two dozen city venues, as well as many improvised performances on various venues – in concert halls and on streets, in cafes and bars, in parks and squares, on ships and even in a zoo. This colorful event has traditionally been launched on the central square of Dresden with performances by young jazz musicians – pupils of kindergartens and primary school students in Dresden. Then adult performers demonstrate their skills. All this is accompanied by applause from thousands of enthusiastic spectators.
Dixieland’s final chord is a big parade of the participating ensembles (Photo:
In addition to performances by leading jazzmen, the festival will include seminars and thematic music trade shows. Also in the rich program of the festival includes children’s and family concerts, fireworks and mini-parades. The whole city sings and dances to the fiery music. By tradition, part of the public performances are free. Dixieland’s final chord is a common finale and a big parade of the participating ensembles, which have been closing the festival for several years now and are especially popular points of the jazz festival program.
Cannes Film Festival – France
The Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) is the most prestigious and widely reported spring event in the world of cinema art. The success of the festival and its rapid development made of the festival a real “city” in which you can get lost: 10 thousand accredited professionals, about 4 thousand journalists. For 10 days in Cannes, going to the stars, film professionals and fans of the big screen from around the world. Opera Festival in Munich – Germany
The Opera Festival in Munich (Opernfestspiele) is a unique event in the cultural life not only of Europe, but of the whole world, and the city itself in the south of Germany is considered one of the largest centers of world opera culture. Therefore, it is here that the Opera Festival is held annually for lovers of exquisite entertainment, which starts at the end of June and lasts about a month. The main events take place in the National Theater of Bavaria.
This festival is extremely popular – over 80 thousand tickets are sold annually for its events. Additionally, on the installed big screen, on the square in front of the theater, another 14 thousand spectators can see the performances for free. The artistic management of the festival is traditionally carried out by the musical director of the Bavarian State Opera. Since 2006, this post has been held by Kent Nagano, a famous American conductor of Japanese origin.
The festival repertoire is extremely diverse and non-trivial. Within five weeks, local audiences and tourists from all over the world get a unique opportunity to watch new productions, the best performances of the current and past seasons and the festival premieres of a wide variety of opera genres, attracting the best musical forces and world-class performers.
Venice International Film Festival – Italy
Venice International Film Festival (Italian. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica) is one of the oldest international film festivals and an important event in the world of cinema. It is held annually in the fall (more often in August-September) on the island of Lido (Italy) and lasts about two weeks.
In addition to the competition program, the festival screening also consists of the following main parts: The Horizons program (Orizzonti), which features fiction and documentary films representing new trends in the development of cinema; The Short Film Competition (Corto Cortissimo) is a competition for game and animation short films; Non-competitive show, which shows the most outstanding world premieres, released this year; Section of independent and parallel cinema; International Week of Criticism (Settimana Internazionale della Critica); Author’s Film Competition (Giornate degli Autori). And, of course, the film market is held throughout the festival, where the largest trading companies offer distributors from around the world the latest film production news.
Lantern Festival in Florence – Italy
The historic lantern festival (Festa della Rificolona) takes place in Florence every year from 6 to 7 September. These numbers correspond to the eve of the birth of the Virgin. The holiday dates back to the 17th century. Then the inhabitants of the surrounding towns and villages were made to come to Florence for the birthday of the Virgin Mary, which in Italy has always been very revered.
People liked to celebrate this date on the Florentine Annunciation Square dedicated to Our Lady. At the same time, the peasants tried to combine business with pleasure – not only to take part in the celebrations, but also to profitably sell their goods. Therefore, the eve of the birth of the Virgin Mary gradually turned into one of the most important city fairs.
Florence these days was flooded with crowds of peasant women dressed up on the occasion of the holiday in the best dresses. City dwellers, who believed that the villagers were dressed in an excessively magnificent way, called them “lanterns” – Rificolona. In memory of those times these days, on the night of September 6-7, after the traditional fair, a crowded procession passes through the city with colorful paper lanterns in which candles are lit. The procession, led by the cardinal, begins at the Basilica of Santa Croce and ends at Piazza Santissima Annuciata. According to another version, the tradition originates from the triumphal entrance of the troops of Florence in Siena. It happened in 1555. The victorious warriors entered the captured city, illuminating their way with lamps raised on their peaks.
Anyway, the autumn lantern festival in Florence is very popular among tourists. They say that these days the city-museum comes to life and shows its real face to the guests.
Oktoberfest – Germany
Oktoberfest (Oktoberfest) – the world’s largest beer festival. It takes place in the capital of Bavaria – Munich, begins in the second half of September and lasts 16 days.
According to tradition, on the opening day, at exactly 12 o’clock, the mayor of the city uncorks a barrel of beer. This symbolic action gives a start to the “beer marathon”. Then a festive procession begins to move along the main streets of the city. At its head – “Munchner Kindi” – a symbol of the city – a young girl with a big bell in her hand riding a painted horse. She is dressed in monastic clothes of yellow-black color.
All 16 days of drinking beer are accompanied by a rich show program. Costumed parades, procession shooters, horse racing, concerts replace each other. Near the pubs you can often see dancers in traditional Bavarian costumes with leather pants, tap-dancing “shuplattl” with heavy alpine shoes. Also waiting for you with their excursions breweries of the city and beer museums. About the scope of the holiday statistics figures speak best. During the festival about 7 million liters of beer are drunk (every year this volume increases), about 1.5 million fried chickens and sausages, 84 bulls are eaten. The beer provided by the six breweries of Munich is sold in 650 beer spots. Additionally, it opens 363 souvenir shops. 200 rides and concert venues entertain visitors. During the festival, Munich is visited by more than 7 million tourists from all continents of the earth. The holiday itself is consecrated live by TV channels around the world. For all this, the Oktoberfest beer festival was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest holiday in the world.
Holiday “New Beaujolais” – France
As usual, on the third Thursday of November, exactly at midnight, the holiday of “New Beaujolais” comes to the French land – a young wine made in a small region north of Lyon. The holiday “Beaujolais Nouveau” (Beaujolais Nouveau) appeared in France in the middle of the 20th century and had a purely commercial basis. In principle, the wine from the Gamet grape, which is traditionally grown in Beaujolais, is noticeably inferior in quality to the production of Burgundy and Bordeaux winemakers.
As usual, winemakers from the town of Bozho give a start to the celebration. Holding in their hands lighted torches from the vine, they solemnly march into the town square, where barrels of young wine are already installed. At midnight, plugs are knocked out, and the Beaujolais Nouveau drunken streams begin their next annual journey through France and the whole world. A few days before the third Thursday of November, from small villages and cities of the Beaujolais region, millions of bottles of young wine begin their journey from France across countries and continents, where people are already looking forward to it in shops and cafes, restaurants and clubs. For their owners to host the feast of young wine – a matter of honor! There is even a competition between producers who are the first to deliver their wine to one or another part of the world. Everything is used: motorcycles, trucks, helicopters, Concorde airplanes, rickshaws.
It is almost impossible to explain the reasons for the crazy popularity of this holiday in the world. There is something mystical about this … Regardless of the time zone, the Beaujolais tasting of a new crop begins on the third Thursday of each November. Beaujolais Nouveau is a whole ritual, a great pagan and national holiday. Being universal, it adapts to any country and merges into any culture.