10 Fascinating Events Around the World
1. La Tomatina – Bunyol – Spain
Every year on August the 26th in Spain 30,000 people gather on the streets of Bunyol to take part in one of the world’s biggest events. 125,000 Kilos of tomatoes are used as ammunition. For safety reasons every tomato needs to be squashed prior to throwing it to avoid injury and only tomatoes can be thrown.
2. Battle of the Oranges – Italy – Ivrea
A historical carnival celebrating recalling the uprising in the 12th century of the common people against the noblemen. People involved express themselves through dressing in battle attire and throwing 500,000 kilos of oranges at one another. The qualitiy of oranges are not suitable for human consumption and prizes are awarded to elements such as throwing ability, fair play and decoration of carriages.
3. Holi – India
The Day After Full Moon in March
Holi is a spring festival held in India as part of a Hindu religious festival. The night prior to Holi there is a Holika bonfire signifying burning of evil spirits, where crowds gather to sing and dance. The following day people gather to colour each other with dry powder and coloured water were people of all ages are involved. The meaning behind the festival is to offer prayer to the almighty and thanksgiving for good harvest.
4. Songkran – Thailand
13 – 15th April
Buddhist New Year based on the solar calendar. Usually beginning on the 13th-15th of April marking the end of the dry season as April is their hottest month. This festival symbolizes cleansing and rejuvenating of the body where participants have a large scaled water fight. Houses must be cleaned and rubbish removed otherwise back luck might be brought into the home.
5. Oktoberfest – Germany – Munich
19th September – 4th of October
Held annually running for a total of 16 days where attendees from all around the world reach up to 6 million. The funfair is of great importance of Bavarian culture as it has been running since 1801. Amusement rides, pretzels, sauerkraut, weisswurst and not to forget over 7 million liters of beer is during the festival.
6. San Fermin – Spain – Pamplona
7 – 14th July
This festival best known for its most famous event, running of the bulls. Over 1 million people from around the world come to participate in this festival. The streets through the town are walled off to prevent the bulls from escaping. Adrenaline junkies are brought together for this exhilarating experience.
7. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival – China – Harbin
5th January – 5th February
Held in Northern China, the purpose of this event is exhibiting incredible ice and snow sculptures decorated with lights and lasers. Not only is it a beautiful visual, some sculptures are interactive- such as having a slide. This event has been successful in drawing large crowds to an unforgiving temperature and giving northern china a competitive advantage.
8. Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taipei – Pingxi
Thousands of people gather to release up to 200,000 sky lanterns signifying warding off of evil and disease to the town. Originally used to inform refugees hiding in the hills that they could return home. Visitors can buy their own lanterns picking their lantern colour and writing their wishes on it. Believed to be sent to heaven and bring luck to the New Year. The beauty of these lanterns being released would be unbelievable.
9. Up Helly Aa fire festival – Scotland – Shetland
Last Tuesday of January
A tradition originating in the 1880’s celebrating Shetlands Viking heritage. There are a variety of events that contain fire festivals involving a series of marches in a torch lit procession and burning of a replica Viking ship.
10. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
New Mexico holds a 9 day event every year whereby 750 hot air balloons are released each morning at dawn. These balloons paint the sky with their vibrant colours and patterns. Albuquerque’s international balloon festival is one of the world’s most photographed event, surely a sight that would be unforgettable.