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In December, besides Christmas day, there are also many festivals held around the world to farewell the old year and welcome the New Year. Let’s join with us and discover top 10 most interesting festivals in the world this month:

10. Hogmanay, Edinburgh, Scotland

The festival usually takes place in 3 days from 30th Dec to 1st Jan. It is the biggest party in Scotland when the New Year comes with various activities such as music shows, dancing, firework, etc. On the New Year Eve, the city atmosphere is so exciting because hundred thousands of people gather here to welcome the New Year. On 1st Jan, they throw their body into the “cold” Forth under the famous bridge Forth Rail.

Hogmanay

9. Art Basel, Miami, Florida, US

Art Basel Miami, since first launching in 2002 long after the original fair was christened in Switzerland in 1970, has created such an art ecosystem full of diversity that there’s something for just about everyone at this four-day spectacle that takes over Miami. It’s that time of year again (from 5th December to 8th December), art world. Aside from the main fair and the many satellites, there’s a surplus of art happenings, talks, films and events to keep your calendar full. Whether you’re into intellectual artist talks, hip hop shows, transcendent emotional experiences or live cheese sculpting, Art Basel has something for you.

ARTBASEL

8. Cozumel Scuba Fest, Mexico

From 9th September to 14th September this year, Cozumel Scuba Fest gathers the divers from all over the world to the beautiful island in Mexico. Held in the 2nd largest reef in the world, Cozumel Scuba festival not only provide visitors chances to discover the beneath of the ocean but also honor the environmentalists who has been trying to preserve precious marine ecosystems. You needn’t know how to dive when attending this festival because the gala dinner, environmental talks, food festival will salute you.

conzumel

7. Krampus fest, Los Angeles, US

The Festival takes place from 5th to 21st December. Krampus fest is a multi-venue celebration of the Krampus tradition taking place in and around Los Angeles throughout December. Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of European countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved. The festival began in 2013 and is now in its second year. Events include shows of themed art, music, and performance, as well as workshops and public romps by the first and largest Krampus troupe in the Western US. Through 2 weeks long, the festival has some unique activities like Krampus Run (12/12), Krampus Ball (7/12), Krampus Rumpus (21/12). The goal is to entertain, educate, and foster an international connection with a growing community dedicated to playfully reshaping the holiday.

Krampus

6. Holiday Ale Festival, Portland, Oregon, US

The Festival has been held for 18 years from 4th to 8th December each year. It brings many gifts for beer lovers in the form of big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter’s night. The Holiday Ale Festival annually gathers up dozens of these winter warmers for a joyous five-day celebration. As a result, this quintessential Portland event has earned a reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast.

Held in the heart of downtown Portland, the Holiday Ale Festival keeps attendees warm and dry under a large clear top tent that covers Pioneer Courthouse Square while allowing for views of the city lights. Gas heaters create a cozy ambience under the boughs of one of the region’s largest decorated Christmas trees.

Holiday Ale

5. Varekai, Montreal, Canada

In Roman language, Varekai means wherever you are, indicating the journey of the circus going from place to place. Montreal is actually the birthplace of “Cirque du Soleil” circus. They usually perform in Varakai festival from 20th to 30th December. Let’s enjoy and melt your soul in acrobatics in lush green forest which is created on the mystical stage.

4. Hagoita Ichi, Tokyo, Japan

Hagoita Fair is a popular annual event in Asakusa that is held as the year nears its end. Tens of venders gather at Sensoji Temple to sell a variety of colorful hagoita (wooden paddles), from ornamental ones to those for children to play with. The fair originated from a custom to give a hagoita and pray for the healthy growth of girls, symbolizing hagoita as a “”board to bounce back evil.”” It developed into a large-scale event in the mid Meiji period when hagoita were sold as a highlight of the items at an annual year-end fair. Authentic Kabuki actors and popular celebrities are among the themes featured on the decorative hagoita.

Hagoita

3. Festival of Angels, York, UK

The celebration of all things ice has become a pre-Christmas favorite with residents and visitors alike since it was launched 14 years ago. Ice sculptures, fake snow, food and drink, stalls and entertainment turned the magical maze of streets known as the Quarter into a festive wonderland. It was created by a group of dedicated traders around Swinegate, Back Swinegate and Grape Lane. In recent years City of York Council took an active part in staging the Festival Of Angels.

There had been something of a question mark over whether the much-loved York Festival Of Angels would return this year. And now it is revealed that it will return, on the weekend of December 13 and 14, 2014.

Angel

2. Christmas market, Auckland, New Zealand

Are you looking for Christmas and New Year gifts? There are 12 opportunities for you to do it at Christmas market which is held from 2nd to 12th December at Auckland, New Zealand. Coming to Downtown, Customs Street West and taking wine, German sausages, chocolate or fruit such as strawberry, raspberry and lovely ornaments home.

1. Hornbill Festival, Nagaland,India

The Hornbill festival is a celebration held every year in the first week of December, in Nagaland, North-east India. The Festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, the large and colorful forest bird which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes.

The week-long festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colorful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. The Hornbill Festival provides a colorful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies. It both exposes the culture and tradition of tribal peoples, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union.

Hornbill