Everyone loves festivals, and it’s so easy to love them when there are so many to choose from. And it looks like every festival season there are more and more festivals popping up, looking to serve an astonishing variety of crowds. And if you are looking to get away from the grays of the concrete, rain and office cubicles, and looking for some color in your life, then these color-packed festivals will have you feeling so energized and full of life that you might want to stay forever.
Let’s start with the classic. The mother of all carnivals, every year in Brazil masses of people gather to celebrate life in full swing. The key features of the Rio festival are their colorful parades that flow down the streets in seemingly endless lines. The music, the dancers and all the entertainers there will make you feel so alive that you are guaranteed to meet the sun and continue partying throughout the day. If you want to join in the fun, get yourself a colorful costume and some feathery fans, or join one of the many troops in the parade. It’s a festival that everyone should experience at least once in their life, and if you do, you will probably be coming back for more.
One of the most colorful festivals in the world, the Holi festival in India is known as “the festival of colors” is a day when people come together to celebrate the victory of good over evil, the beginning of spring and to wish for a good harvest. And they sure know how to party in style: the festival is literally full of people throwing powdered paint in the air and splashing each other with pain and colored water. It is a festival that brings everyone together, and you can see all ages, genders and classes mixing together to celebrate color. Even though it’s a traditional Hindu festival, it has spread all over the world, and now color festivals can be found everywhere as a celebration of peace and love.
Going from old traditions right into the 21st century, Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival that brings together light and sound in the most spectacular way. Your senses will be overloaded with the colors and shows presented there. It literally turns the entire city into a big festival, and it is fun for everyone, since the variety of performances, colors and events can accommodate anyone. If you want to see Vivid in style, there is a Sydney Vivid cruise that will make sure you are set throughout the festival and that you have the best view of the cityscape as it’s being colored top to bottom.
Italy is arguably the birthplace of fashion and certainly one of the giants of the industry. But a short train ride from the high-fashion world capital of Milan is Venice, and every year its residents and thousands of tourists come to experience the carnival. It is a true masquerade ball, and the Venetian masks that they make and sell all year round – this is the time to wear them, incorporated with the most colorful, lavish costumes to match. There are musical and theatrical performances all around the city, but just being there and observing the streets that look like they’ve fallen a few hundred years into the past is breathtaking.
Chinese New Year
If you’ve never had the chance to be in China during the start of the new lunar year, you are missing out. The so-called Spring festival brings out the best and most colorful that China has to offer. Not only are the parades, performers and festivities all out, but the fireworks are one of the best you will ever see. They are, after all, the masters of fireworks. Make sure you join in the fun and learn some of the cultural markers that make this festival so special.
So, if you’re not sure how to spend your vacation this year, here are the options that will surely make you feel grateful to be alive. Celebrating color usually means celebrating love and life, so the festivals are not only fun, but with an amazing message to the world.
About the author:
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.