Colourful, Religious and Weird Carnivals

Festival or feasts is an event organized by local community which centers on some religious beliefs and weird aspects of any community. Most of the feasts or festival is celebrated in honor of gods or God and saints. Festivals are commonly referred to religious feast day rather than film or art festival. Seasonal festivals provide entertainment, celebration for religious geographical and social community, and depends on the lunar or solar calendars and seasonal cycles. For instance, in the Alps, during Autumn, a festival called “Almatrielo”(during the summer, the cows are pastured back in the mountains a practice called “Yaylag” or “yaylak” pastoralism). The tradition of bringing the cows by the cow herders, from the Alps into the Allgau and nearby each September 18th or mid of the month of September, which marks the starting of the festival. Carnival a public celebration and festive season which occurs before the Lenten season. During carnivals the people celebrate the festive in bright coloured costumes, masquerade parades, circus and street parties or Mardi Gras. Carnival is a festival by the Catholics and even Eastern Orthodox societies. Although in the Protestants areas, they do not celebrate Carnivals or they have modified traditions or other celebration of Shove Tuesday like the Danish Carnivals.

Almatrieb Festival in Kufstein, Austria

The return of the cattle feasts, or Almtrieb Festival, Austria

1) Winter Solstice Festival or Dong Zhi Festival

Winter Solstice festival, China

Dong Zhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival

The Solstice festival or Dong Zhi festival means “the Extreme of Winter”, commonly celebrated on or around December 21 to 22, when the sunshine is the weakest and shortest daylight. Winter Solstice is the time at which the sun is in southern point in the Northern hemisphere during noontime at its lowest altitude above the horizon occurring on mid December yearly and in the Southern hemisphere during the month of June 20 to 21.

2) Dree Festivals of the Apatanis

Dree Festival of Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh

The Dree Festival of the Apatanis tribe living in the Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated annually every month of July 4 to July 7 praying for abundant harvest of crops.

Esala Perahera or Festival of Tooth in Esala, Sri Lanka

Esala Perahera, Kandy Sri Lanka

Esala Perahera, Kandy, Sri Lanka, the Good Luck Elephants on parade

Esala Perahera Festival , Kandy Sri Lanka

Shigmo Festival in Goa, India

Shigmo Festival in Goa, India

Shigmo Festival, Goa, India

Shigmo Festival in Goa, India

Shigmo Festival a prominent festival of the Konkari Hindu community, celebrated in Goa, India annually during the month of March.

Thaipusam Festival by Tamil Community

Thaipusam Murugan Festival, Tamil

Thaipusam Vel Kavadi

Thaipusam Festival in Kochi City, India

Thaipusam Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thaipusam Festival in Singapore

The Thaipusam Festival is a Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamil community during the Tamil month of Thai in the month of February or March that falls on the full moon. The Thaipusam Festival is celebrated among Tamil communities in any part of Asia.

Holi Festival in India

Holi Festival, a Hindu Festival, India

Holi celebrations in India

Holi Festival or Festival of Colours

The Holi Festival or Festival of Colours celebrated by the Hindus, in India, Pakistan and Nepal, and Asia where there population of India diaspora following Hinduism.  Holi is also called Dhuli, in Sanskrit, Dhulheti, Dhuhandi or Dhulendi, and celebrated the Holi Festival by throwing scented coloured powders and perfumes at each other. On the eve of Holi Festival bonfires are lit and called “the burning of Holika” or Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi (Little Holi). after the prayers of Holika Dahan, comes the offering and praise. Holi Festival falls in the later part of February to mid part of March.

3)  Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, Philippines (Feast of the Santo Nino)

Sinulog Festival Queen, Cebu City, Philippines

Sinulog Festival parade, Cebu City

Sinulog Festival or Feast of the Sto Nino in Cebu City,Philippines

Sinulog Festival dancing with Sto Nino, Cebu City

The Sinulog Festival lasts for nine days, and on the 9th day, the grand parade of Sinulog is held. One day before the gran parade, a Fluvial procession is held, carrying the statue of the Santo Nino on a decorated pump-boat from Mandaue City to Cebu City, ending at the Basilica.

Fluvial procession for the Santo Nino, heading for the Basilica in Cebu City

Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan

Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

Ati-Atihan Festival ,Kalibo, Aklan

Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan, is the “mother” of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo, the festival in honor of the Infant Jesus (Santo Nino). The Ati-Atihan Festival (which means “Aetas”, first settlers of Panay Islands), is held every third Sunday of January, annually, just like the Sinulog and Dinagyang Festival.

Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City

Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City

Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City, Philippines

Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas Festival, Southern Tagalog Region,Quezon Province, Philippines

San Isidro Pahiyas Festival. Lucban, Quezon Province

Pahiyas Festival, Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines

The colourful San Isidro Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon province in the Philippines, held annually,  every May 15th of the month. The festival is held in honor of San Isidro, the patron saint for the abundant harvests of crops, vegetables and fruits.

Maskara Festival, Bacolod, Philippines

Maskara Parade festival, Baolod City, Philippines

Masskara Festival in Bacolod City

Colourful Masskara Festival in the Philippines

The Masskara Festival held every third weekend of October and also the city’s Charter Anniversary, held annually in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The Masskara Festival features competition of colourful masks, street dances competition, musical concerts, food festivals of Bacolod’s delicacy, sports events and search for Queen Masskara of the Festival.

Flores De Mayo Festival (Santa Cruzan) Philippines

Flores de Mayo festival, held every month of May, the month of flowers

Flores de Mayo (Santacruzan)

Santacruzan, Philippines

Flores de Mayo or Flowers of May is a festival held in the Philippines every month of May each year, lasting for one month celebration in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where cities, towns and small communities known as “nayon or baryo” participated and held a beauty pageant for the Reyna Elena, and Reyna Emperatriz and other queen titles for the festivals. It is also called “Sagala” or Santacruzan. The Santacruzan is a festival

4) Leeds Carnival, United Kingdom

Leeds Carnival, UK

Leeds Carnival, United Kingdom

The Leeds Carnival, also known as the Leeds West Indian Carnival or the Chapeltown Carnival, which begun in 1967 that makes it the longest festivals n Europe. The Leeds West Indian Carnival is held every month of August Bank Holiday weekend. Bank Holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom and also Ireland’s colloquialism public holiday. The Leeds West Indian Carnival is a three-days holidays that ends up with the parade. This festival has been joined by the Notting Hill Carnival.

Notting Hill Carnival, UK

Notting Hill Carnival, Royal Borough of Kesington

Notting Hill Carnival, London, UK

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event held also in August bank holidays which begun in 1964. The Notting Hill Carnival takes place on the Notting Hill streets to Royal Borough of Kesington and Chelsea, London in the United Kingdom over two days celebration of August bank holiday Monday and the one day before the feast day.

 Nice Carnival and Paris Carnival (two major carnivals in France)

Nice Carnival Floats

5) Val Camonica Festival, Italy

Badalisc Andrista, Val Carmonica Carnival, Italy wiki

Perchten Parade, capturing the Badalisc

The Val Camonica festival  in Italy, is an annual event where locals dressed up weirdly as the Krampus creatures (an evil character) and capture the Badalisc, (the good creature or mythological animal that lives in the woods of Andrista). It was believed that the “good creature” will tell the people of the town’s gossip, and the evil Krampus will capture the Badalisc, but will release at the end of the festival for the next year’s celebration.

6)   Carnivals of Ivrea, Italy or Battle of the Oranges Carnival

Ivrea Carnival or Battle of Oranges Carnival, Italy

Ivrea Carnivale parade

The Ivrea Carnival commonly known as the Battle of Oranges of Ivrea Festival, a valued ancient carnivals in the world. Other tourist call it the Throwing of Orange Festivals of Ivrea.

Acireale Carnivale, Italy

Acireale Carnival parade

Acireale carnival floats

The Acireali Carnival of Sicily in Italy, is considered as one of the best colourful attractive carnivals in Sicily, and held as a night event.

Carnivale Ambrosiano, Italy

Carnivale Ambrosiano, Milan, Italy

The Ambrosian Carnival is the last carnival celebration in Milan and all over Italy, which usually ends on Saturdays. It is commonly called the Ambrosian Carnival or Milan Ambrosiano in honor of the Saint Ambrogio, and according to traditions; before Saint Ambrogio left for the pilgrimage, asked the faithfuls to wait for his return to start the carnival, and since then celebrate the Ash Wednesday in the first Sunday of Lent by the Catholics.

7) Canival de Vinezzia (Venice Carnival, Italy)

Venice Carnival , Venice, Italy

Venice Carnival, Italy

Venice Carnival, famous for its traditonal colourful masks

Venezia Carnevale, Venice, Italy

Venezia Carnevale, Venice, Italy

THe Venetian Carnival or Venice Carnival, a yearly celebration in Venice, Italy wearing traditional colourful costumes and Bauta masks ( also called Bautta, a masks of whole face, with weird chin-lines and no mouth, coated with gold or silver. The event begin on the 58th days before the Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday or the Mardi Gras season (Martedi Grasso).

8) Nadur Carnival, Malta

Nadur Carnival, Malta

Nadur Carnival, Malta

The Nadur Carnival, is a unique event held in the Island of Gozo, the sister island of Malta, with 5,000 population only. The Nadur Carnival an annual celebration held every 29th of June, Feasts day of St Peter and St Paul called by the locals as L-lmnarja. The participants of the carnival wear colourful weird, unique and funny costumes.

9) Cadiz Carnival, Andalucia

Carnaval de Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

Cadiz Carnival, Spain

Carnival of Cadiz, Chingota, singing in the street

The Canival of Cadiz is famous for their chirigotas performers the satirical groups  (singing with sarcasm, ridicule or denouncing socially or politically) kind of music. Participants of the Cadiz Carnival paints their faces and dressed up in colourful costumes of their choice.

10) Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenente, Canary Islands

Santa Cruz Queen of Carnival

Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Santa Cruz Carnival, Tenerife

Carnival de Solsona, Central Catalonia, Spain

Carnival de Solsona, hung donkey effigies in the tower bell

11)   Labor Day Carnival, Brooklyn New York, USA

Labor Day Carnival, Brooklyn New York

Labor Day West Indian Carnivals, USA

Labor Day West Indians Carnival, New York

12) Carnival De Binche, Belgium

Carnival de Binche, Gilles descend every year for the great events in Belgium

Carnival de Binche, Belgium

Binche Carnival, Belgium

The Binche Cranival is an annual celebration in Belgium and had been proclaimed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

13)  Rijeka Carnival, Croatia

Witch of Rijeka Carnival, Carla del Ponte, Croatia

Rijeka Carnival in Croatia

Carnival Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka Carnival, Croatia

Rijeka Carnival Float, Croatia

The Rijeka Carnival is an annual event and the biggest carnival held in Rijeka, Croatia, and begin before the Lenten Season.

14)  Patras Carnival, Greece

Patras Carnival, Greece

Patras Carnival, Great Sunday, Treasure hunting groups, a Patras tradition

Vrillissia Carnival in greece

15) Swabian-Almmanic Fastnacht Festivals, Switzerland

Swabian-Alemmanic Fastnacht Hopfennarr from Tettnang

Fastnacht mask in Swabia

Der Ubulinger Hansele Carnival, Uberlingen, Northern Lake Constance (Germany, Switzerland and Austria)

Der Uberlinger Hansele Carnival

Carnival of Basel, Switzerland

Basel Carnival (Basler Fasnacht)

Basel Carnival, the Waggis

16)  Busojaras Carnival, Mohacs, Hungary (Buso Walking and Greetings to Spring )

Busójárás (Buso-Walking), Carnival Of Masked Devils in Hungary

Busojaras Carnival, Mohacs, Hungary

17) Cologne Carnival, Germany

Cologne Carnival float, Germany

Carnival in Cologne, Germany

Cologne Carnival on Rosenmontag, Germany

Luzern Carnival, Guggenmusik bands

18)   Carnivals in Portugal

Carnival in Sesimba, Portugal

Caretos Carnival de Podence, Portugal

Carnival in Colombia

Black and White Carnivals parade, Colombia

weird Colombia Carnival

19) Caribbean Carnivals

Caribana Carnival parade

Colourful Caribana Carnival parade

Carnival de Pruro, Bolivia

Carnival de Juliaca, Peru

Carnaval de Juliaca, Peru

Juliaca Carnival, Peru

Gombey Festival, Bermuda

Gombey Festival, Bermuda

Bermuda's Colourful Gombey Festival

20) Rio de Janeiro  Carnival, Brazil

Carnaval de Rio, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil

Carnival of Rio de Janeiro parade

Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Rio Carnival or Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the most famous and biggest carnival in the world. Most participants are female from many Samba schools in Brazil, and the famous carnival is also a competition among students and Samba schools.

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