A festival or gala is an event ordinarily staged by a local community, which centres on and celebrates some unique aspect of that community and the Festival. Among many religions, a feast is a set of celebrations in honour of God or gods. A treat and a festival are historically interchangeable. However, the term “feast” has also entered common secular parlance as a synonym for any large or elaborate meal. When used as in the meaning of a festival, most often refers to a religious festival rather than a film or art festival. In the Philippines and many other former Spanish colonies, the Spanish word fiesta is used to denote a communal religious feast to honour a patron saint.
In the Christian liturgical calendar, there are two principal feasts, properly known as the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and the Feast of the Resurrection, In the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican liturgical calendars there are a significant number of lesser feasts throughout the year commemorating saints, sacred events, doctrines, etc. Let us show you some breathtaking festivals around the world.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China
It is the largest ice and snow festival in the world take place in Harbin of Heilongjiang province of China. This festival is officially held from January 5 to February 5 every year. The festival features international competition of ice & snow sculptures, illuminated buildings made from colossal ice blocks, winter swimming in Songhua river, ice lantern show, ice sailing and speed skating.
Harbin Ice and snow festival announced as an annual winter event on 5th January 1985. As Harbin city generally has the Arctic-like climate, it offers abundant natural ice and snow, recognized as the cradle of ice and snow festival in the country. This festival also promotes tourism in Harbin city, attracts thousands of foreign visitors every year.
Only top three winners from three events (NationalCollegiate, Masses ice sculpture competition and Heilongjiang province collegiate of international ice and snow festival) can participate in annual snow and ice festival. Ice blocks are taken from the frozen Songhua river for the construction of sculptures. Artist uses an architectural style of different buildings and monuments for the creation of ice sculptures. Multicoloured lights are also used for illuminating the enormous ice buildings at night.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, United States
It is the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world that takes place in Albuquerque of New Mexico, held during early October since 1972. It is a nine-day long event, and around 600 balloons will be taking flight during the event. The balloon fiesta park covers a vast area of 365 acres and the launching filed alone encompasses 72 acres of land. It is the largest annual event in the US and the most photographed event in the world. In 2011 Guinness Book of World Records recognized this event as mass hot air balloon ascent.
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Albuquerque balloon fiesta offers a rare opportunity for the guest to watch inflation and take-off of ballooning from the launching filed. The first Albuquerque balloon event took place in 1972. In fact, it was a promotional event for 770 KOB Radio. Albuquerque balloon event features five different types of the phenomenon known as dawn patrol, mass ascensions, artistic vision, particular shape rodeo and balloon glows.
Mass ascensions in one of the most significant events of Albuquerque balloon fiesta launches 500+ balloons at a time. Special balloon events also take place during this festival. Flight of Nations is one of such event, different Nations around the world launches hot balloons, and each aircraft carries it’s country’s flag.
Burning Man Festival, Nevada, United States
Burning Man is a week-long annual event take place in the black rock desert of Nevada, US. This globally popular event has taken its name from burning of sizeable wooden sculpture. Every year Burning Man festival starts on last Monday of August and ends on the first Monday of September.
Every year more than 50000 people gathered together for this event create a temporary 1.5 square mile settlement, dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. Participants show off different works of art, create a temporary city, make friends and hang out together. At the end of the festival, they depart black rock city without leaving a trace whatsoever.
Burning Man festival encourages every participant to discover and rely on his/her inner sources. Participants of the Burning Man festival will also learn the value of cooperation and collaboration. At the same time, they also preserve the spirit of gift-giving. The leaving no trace ethic of Burning Man festival represent our commitment to leaving no physical trace of our activities in the surrounding, to keep places in a safe and better state.
Great variety of arts appears during Burning Man festival, found as a gift from artists to the community. The art section of the festival includes small to large scale installations. The mutant vehicles are another famous attraction of Burning Man festival, stunningly and permanently modified motorized vehicles. Participants have to submit their design ideas in advance to bring their mutant cars at the event.
Rio Carnival, Ri de Janeiro
Rio Carnival is considered the biggest carnival in the world. A five-day-long celebration held on 40 days before Easter every year. Rio Carnival officially starts on Friday and end on Fat Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. There are around 2 million people on the street of Rio de Janeiro during this carnival. Rio carnival also sums up the authentic culture of Brazil. People can sing, dance and have lots of fun during Rio carnival.
Samba parades are one of the most important events of Rio Carnival, features more than 200 Samba schools. The participants of Samba parades have to pick up specific theme, music, lyrics and costumes. Every group have to follow a particular order and to present choreographed dance in fancy costumes. Samba schools practice all year round to succeed in the parade during Rio Carnival. More than 300 street bands also participate during Rio Carnival. Each group have their place to parade.
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