We live in an age where we are rushing from school to college to work without stopping to take a breath. By the time we are 30, our career is set, and we are thinking of settling down and taking up some more responsibilities. While all this is important, it is equally crucial to take a break and live your life to the fullest, especially when you are young and single.
The world is your venue if you are looking for new and unique experiences. Right from interesting places to see, adventurous things to do and amazing events to attend, this planet would never disappoint you. Apart from travelling, one thing you must do before you turn 30 is attend at least a few festivals organized around the world. And I bet you, there are some really interesting ones! With this note, let us take a look at some of the festivals that you must attend before you hit 30.
Taiwan Lantern Festival
If you have watched Disney’s Rapunzel and have been mesmerized by the lantern festival held by the king and queen in the remembrance of their lost daughter, you would be happy to know that you could experience this phenomenon in real. The Taiwan Lantern Festival is held at the Pingxi District, every year in the months of February or March (the months and dates change as per the Lunar calendar). Traditionally, this festival was celebrated to mark off the end of the Chinese New Year in China, and the lanterns are a symbol to know that the town is completely safe. The Taiwan Lantern Festival is celebrated along with Tainan Yanshui Fireworks Display during which fireworks are burst to get rid of evil as well as illnesses from the town. If you want to view the beautiful view of thousands of paper-lit lanterns along with some awesome fireworks, head to Taiwan this February.
If beer is your favorite drink, and you cannot get enough of it, head to Munich in Germany for its famous Oktoberfest. Held from mid or sometimes late September to the 1st weekend in October, this festival runs for around 16-18 days. This festival is a part of the Bavarian culture and has been celebrated since 1810. The main attraction of this event is the oh-so-delicious, frothy Oktoberfest beer served in traditional huge jars. People from all around the world arrive for this festival, and in 2013, it was noted that 7.7 litres of beer were served during the festival. Apart from the delicious beer, it is a great time to try some of the traditional dishes like pretzels (Brezen), roast pork (Schewinebraten), red cabbage (Sauerkraut), roast chicken (Hendl), grilled ham hock (Schweinshaxe), etc. The beer and the food aside, you also get to have a lot of fun as there are numerous attractions like games, amusement rides, sidestalls, etc. for your entertainment.
The Venice Carnevale
If you have always wished to dress in elaborate costumes and flaunt it too, the beautiful city of Italy gives you the chance to do just the same during its Carnevale festival. This festival dates back to 1162 when it was first held to celebrate Venice’s victory against an invasion from the Patriarch of Aquileia. It is held between late January and early February, usually before the beginning of the Lent season. The festival has seen several changes from the time it began, but one thing that remains unchanged is the use of masks. Apart from the elaborate costumes and makeup adorned by the participants, the beautiful masks are the most significant part of the festival. Moreover, there is also a prize for the most beautiful mask which is judged by a panel of internationally famed costume and fashion designers. If you find this festival interesting, apply for your Italy visa soon, so you can enjoy the magnificence and elegance of this unique event.
If you are looking for fun, pure and simple, there is nothing better than the Tomatina Festival. Held in Buñol, a Spanish town, this festival has no religious or social significance, and is celebrated purely for the purpose of fun and entertainment. As the name suggests, at this festival, participants get to throw tomatoes at each other, and basically get drenched in tomato paste. Although there is no certainty as to why and how this festival began, it is believed that it was started when the locals hurled tomatoes at city councilmen during a parade or town celebration somewhere around 1945 or 1947, as a protest. From then on this tradition began and continues to do still today, although it was banned for a few years. Nowadays, an entry fee has been imposed on the festival, majorly to limit participants and thus increase security as well as the fun element. If you plan to attend this exciting festival, get your visa and book your tickets as soon as possible.
Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year
Although Chinese New Year is celebrated in different parts of China, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. the Hong Kong Chinese New Year is said to be the grandest. The date of the Chinese New Year varies as per the Chinese calendar, but usually falls in late January or early February. To welcome the New Year, millions of people come together in the streets of Hong Kong and celebrate this special occasion with great pomp and fervour. Red is the prominent colour found during the festival as it is believe to ward off evil spirits. The festive markets, the colourful dragons, the numerous parades, the fortune hotspots and the spectacular fireworks would surely hook to the festival as well as the city. With the Chinese New Year just around the corner, it is time for you to apply for your China visa and get ready to take part in this celebration of peace and happiness.
Splendour in the Grass
In case you love music and are ready to travel any lengths to enjoy some great music from different genres, it is time to get an Australia visa. Australia’s New South Wales organizes Splendour in the Grass, an annual music festival. Held during mid-winter (usually in July), this is a 3-day festival and features several international musicians, from around the world. Some of the popular musicians and bands that have performed at this Australian music festival include Coldplay, Kanye West, The Smashing Pumpkings, Bloc Party, etc. This festival which is held at Byron Bay sees people from different corners of the world and celebrates various music genres.
Apart from the festivals mentioned above, the Wanderlust Festival in California, the Rio de Janerio Carnival in Brazil, Winter Light Festival in Japan, Snow & Ice Festival in China, etc. are some other festivals that you should attend during your prime years. So, as they say, life is short, and hence make the most of it. Book your tickets to at least one of these world festivals and experience something that you have never seen before!