Dia De Los Muertos, Mexico City
It was really an exciting time discovering and gaining more knowledge about the amazing festivals around the world, which were never short of a hint of adventure in them. The previous article (Adventurous Festivals for All – I) covered a list of festivals from the month of January to June. This article just continues the awesomeness from July to December. Ready for the tour? Come, on then!
- July: Let us all book a ticket for “Tomorrowland”, a festival in Belgium for EDM lovers. People can stay in tents and camps on the premises while enjoying their favorite EDM beat. “Comic Con International” is another festival in CA, US, where you get to meet and copy your favorite comic characters or TV stars. For comedy lovers, “just for Laughs” is a festival held in Montreal where people dress up funny and you have a great time laughing.
- August: August gives you a glimpse of Edinburg’s largest Art festival, the “Fringe Festival”. Then there is Spain’s popular “La Tomatina” and London’s “Notting Hill Carnival”, which is a hit on the London calendar.
- September: The month brings in the “Octoberfest” of Munich which is a festival dedicated and aspired for by every beer-lover (Drink to your fill!). September is also the holy month for Muslims with the commencement of the festival of “Hajj” in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Every Muslim is expected to take a pilgrimage to the city at least once in a lifetime.
- October: October is the month for the big social event in Austin, Texas, called “Austin City Limits”. It is a festival of music, art, theatre and well, enjoyment. When Austin grooves to the beats on the streets, Orlando, Florida, celebrates the “Epcot Food and Wine Festival”, running on till mid-November. It is a great time to savor delicacies at themed stalls from about 30 nations.
- November: Starting from the Halloween night on 31st October, Mexico City celebrates “Dia De Los Muertos” or the “Day of the Dead”, till the 2nd of November. Inspired from the James Bond movie Spectre, this festival is gaining popularity in Mexico since 2016. November also has “Loy Krathong” of Thailand and Yi Peng, both being very picturesque and romantic festivals; when lighted incense and candles are floated in a water body by couples in the former, the latter witnesses the soaring of lighted lanterns in the sky.
- December: The month of Christmas ushers in Turkey’s “Mevlana Whirling Dervishes”, a festival that teaches as well as gives a sort of spiritual enjoyment. “Krampusnacht” is another amusing festival of Austria based on the story of the mythical Krampus, a monster that whips children to be good on Christmas. ON this day in Austria, a parade of Krampuses move on the streets whipping unsuspecting passers-by (ouch! Be prepared). “Hogmanay” of Switzerland is another awesome festival with music, dances and many fun activities.
And that ends the list of festivals throughout the year. Has your wanderlust spirit gotten the better of you yet? Enjoy your life and celebrate.
By – Abhipsa Mohanty