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FESTIVALS

Holi Festival of Colours, India

Spring has arrived and the sun is shining brightly.

 Well-known worldwide, Holi Festival of colors is one of the oldest Hindu festivals observed during the spring season, with adults and children who participate in the celebration. Depending on the region, it is also in Holaka, Phagwa, Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi. For those on holiday, Holi is time to move darkness last winter and spring Celebrate colors.

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 The festival of colors in India is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Phalguna on the day of the full moon in late February or early March. The celebration includes bonfires and Hindus shower each other with colored water and powder. Although it is easy to buy colors in today’s market, many people will make flowers home from tesu and palash flowers. The festival is celebrated by all ages, as well as shops and offices are routinely closed to the main event, which is throwing colors.

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 Mythology plays an important role in the festival, and the most famous stories of origin, Holly refer to “Holika Dahan” and the legend of Radha-Krishan. tradition of “Holika Dahan” is the kindling of fire and celebrates the victory of good over evil. Legend of Radha and Krishna is more about throwing colors. Young Krishna was jealous of his beloved Radha fair complexion, and a sense mischieveous one day he puts color on his face. To this day, lovers of color with each other as an expression of their love.

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio is organized in the former capital of Brazil (1763-1960) – Rio de Janeiro. Situated between  mountains and sea it provides its visitors beautiful beaches, lovely scenery and unusual culture. Rio is the ideal place for such an event . Contributing to the mood of the town are the local people who live in the rhythm of their national music – choro , samba and bossa nova . Brazilians are very proud of the Carnival ; This year’s carnival is expected  to be visited by  700,000 foreigners.

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The Carnival in Rio is a real extravaganza of colors, movements and beautiful bodies all under the fiery rhythm of samba . The carnival is organized at the end of February or early March each year. The very first event was held in 1830. Rio pulsates to the rhythm of Carnival 4 days and 4 nights.It always starts on Saturday – exactly 40 days before Easter , and its end is the last day before Lent. Its appearance  is still preserved since its establishment, which includes a variety of events – from street parties, parades and circuses to masquerades , various theme parties and dances .

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During the Carnival themain boulevard Sambadrom – or also called Boulevard of samba is filled with thousands of dancers. The biggest event during the Carnival parade is the 13 samba schools in the city,which are dancing to the crazy rhythms on different platforms and structures for 2 nights. Each school has its own scene and theme of dance and creates its own original storyline , which contains a brief history . Each dance troupe openes the show with 10 to 15 people , which aims to promote the school and set up the audience for their upcoming choreography. Later in the performance each school involves some 5,000 dancers , and each has its own role and everything is exercised many times, so that it looks perfect . Usually the stands has about 100 000 people , although there are only seats for 60,000 . Sets and costumes of the schools this year reached a record 28 million dollars worth , as to win the Carnival in Rio is a great prestige.

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During the carnival in Rio a lot of  different music bands play and sing as many Brazilians dance and have fun. So that at any time when you want to join the fun , just join in with a dance step .

King of the Carnival or the so-called Momo , has always been happy and elected local fat uncle, as was required to be at least 100 kg, but for the sake of the global fight against unhealthy eating , Momo this year will be healthy , lean and muscular.

The combination of a parade , street carnival and crazy music makes Carnival in Rio the greatest show and the craziest party in the world. Combine all this beauty with the irresistible beaches in Brazil and it just becames an explosive combination that you should visit .

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Legend of Baba Marta

Baba Marta is a mythical character from the Bulgarian folklore. According to the folk tradition the name is associated with March. Except March, January and February also have a special place in Bulgarian mythological ideas. January and February are presented as brothers with a spicy character – Large beetle-Small beetle, January and February . Baba Marta is considered their sister ‘s mood – sometimes smiling and benevolent , sometimes unpredictably evil.The Nature of Baba Marta is consistent with the changing weather in March.

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Old are the sources describing how the Bulgarians have been decorated with red and white threads for health, strength and longevity. Most likely, the holiday is inherently Bulgarian originating from 580 – 630th AD. From Asia ( the continent on which initially Bulgarians live ) the tradition is transferred to Europe with the migration of a large group of Bulgarians led by Khan Asparuh. The tradition is observed today in the territories that were once Bulgarian – part of Romania, Macedonia, part of Greece, Serbia, and also in some of today’s Russia .

Each year, before the beginning of March, Bulgarians give ‘martenitsi’ made ​​of red and white threads , traditionally of wool . This makes for health and happiness. On March 1st Bulgarians put martenitsi clothes or wrists and wish health and happiness with the words “Happy Baba Marta .” The holiday symbolizes the end of winter and the coming of spring.

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‘La Tomatina’ in Spain

Nearly 20,000 people took part in the traditional tomato fight in the Spanish city Bunyol. For the holiday known as Tomatina, six trucks were provided with 130 tons of ripe tomatoes inform NTV. Upon completion of the tomato battle, the streets are washed thoroughly fire trucks. The annual festival attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. Because of the recession, however, city hall to introduce pavi time fee. To be included in the tomato battle had to pay 10 euros. City residents are exempt from the fee.

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According to Mayor Fernando Giraldosa, the cost of these one hundred tons of tomatoes are € 28,000 (around 53 cents kg bd) and the total for the festival exceeded 90,000. However – said the mayor – in the city is not a loss, but rather benefited from the influx of tourists.

Wine Festival in Bordeaux, France

During the wine festival on the banks of the Garonne , in the port of Bordeaux have hundreds tasting pavilion where you can enjoy the wonderful wines of Bordeaux. Join 350,000 wine lovers in the heart of this growing region .

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The official opening of the celebrations with a parade disclosed in ceremonial robes. There are many events that are organized throughout the festival , but one of the most fun feast Bacchus – a huge picnic table placed along the banks of the Garonne . Bring your food or try the local specialties offered on site.

Visitors can taste every day one of the many vintage wines in the region, or vzenat participate in short seminars. Addition to your glass can be subtle blue cheese, foie gras and other interesting dishes.

Il Carnevale di Venezia

ll Carnevale di Venezia  è tra i più famosi di tutto il mondo ed è un appuntamento internazionale la cui importanza si rinnova di anno in anno attraverso la partecipazione di migliaia di persone che, spinte dal desiderio di socializzare, invadono calli e campielli, in una dimensione fantastica che solo Venezia può offrire. A differenza degli altri carnevali, quello di Venezia è un grande happening che coinvolge l’intera città, e proprio da questo e dalla sua storia, partono numerose iniziative che offrono, con il divertimento e la “follia”, spettacoli, giochi e feste, insomma un’occasione unica di incontro fra persone di tutto il mondo.

Vivere il Carnevale di Venezia significa quindi partecipare alla “Festa” ed a i suoi riti: dai più antichi, quali il celebre  Il volo della colombina, ai più recenti, quali la “Festa del Gentil Foresto”. In piazza San Marco vi saranno, naturalmente, numerose occasioni per celebrare il Carnevale con balli, sfilate di maschere e il celebre teatro della “Commèdia dell’Arte”.

Tutta  la città intera sarà in festa: quattro percorsi, animati da artisti provenienti da tutto il mondo,  permetteranno ai visitatori di attraversare tutta la città in un clima di magia e partecipare così al Grande Gioco del Carnevale nella speranza di vincere il ricco primo premio, sempre divertendosi. Oltre agli spettacoli in piazza San Marco, il Carnevale di Venezia è celebre per i suoi concerti nelle chiese e per gli spettacoli teatrali della grande tradizione veneziana, e soprattutto per le magnifiche feste che si svolgono nell’ambientazione unica degli antichi palazzi veneziani.

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