Table of Contents
- 14. Ati-Atihan Festival, Philippines
- 13. Battle of the Oranges, Italy
- 12. Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival), Japan
- 11. Holi Festival, India
- 10. SXSW Music Festival, US
- 9. Songkran 2014 Water Festival, Thailand
- 8. King’s Day, Netherlands
- 7. Queen fights, Switzerland
- 6. Inti Raymi Festival, Peru
- 5. EXIT Music Festival, Serbia
- 4. National Mask Festival, Papua New Guinea
- 3. Burning Man, US
- 2. Mexico’s Day of Dead Festival
- 1. Hogmanay Festival, Scotland
2015 has come. Do you have any travelling plans this year? OK, we’ve rounded up 14 incredible festivals for you to visit in the coming 12 months. Mark your calendar and prepare for those top festivals of 2015.
14. Ati-Atihan Festival, Philippines
Time: 10th January 2015
ATI-ATIHAN is one of the greatest, most colorful and fun festivals in honor of the Santo Niño. It will be held at Kalibo- the center of Aklan, Panay, Philippines. During the festival, the celebrants paint their faces in many different ways and dress in the most exceptional costumes. The dancing on the rhythms of the drums makes this festival comparable with carnival in Rio in Brazil!
13. Battle of the Oranges, Italy
Time: 14th February 2015
The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea. The festival takes place annually to recall the uprising in the 12th century of commoners against noblemen, with the oranges representing the oppressors’ heads. The annual ‘Battle of the Oranges’ sees a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups, many of whom are dressed up in medieval costumes.
12. Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival), Japan
Time: Feb 21st, 2015
The Hadaka Matsuri Festival, also known as the naked festival, is held various times throughout the year and all over Japan. The most famous occurs at the Saidaji Temple in Okayama and is known as the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, which is where the festival originated. This tradition began 500 years ago with the idea that the man who captures the amulet dropped from one of the temple buildings will gain a lucky year. Usually the festival occurs in the summer or winter and more than 9,000 men participate by wearing minimal clothing.
11. Holi Festival, India
Time: 6th March, 2015
One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. The festival marks the end of winter and the abundance of the upcoming spring harvest season. It is held to commemorate the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and destruction of the demoness named Holika.
10. SXSW Music Festival, US
Time: From 13rd to 22th March, 2015
South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early each year in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It gathers hundreds of famous artists through the country. The festival began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.
9. Songkran 2014 Water Festival, Thailand
Time: 13rd April, 2015
Songkran, or Thai New Year, is a Buddhist festival and the kingdom’s most important public holiday. Songkran marks the end of the dry season – April is Thailand’s hottest month – and the beginning of the annual rains in the fifth month of the Thai lunar year. So, water is an important element of Songkran, especially in more recent times when the throwing of water has become a huge part of the annual celebrations. It is believed that the more you get water thrown on your body, the luckier you are in the New Year.
8. King’s Day, Netherlands
Time: 27th April, 2015
The King’s official birthday (King’s Day, Koningsdag) is the biggest national event in the Netherlands. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates on King’s Day. You will find music shows, fairs, flea markets and parties throughout the country. Amsterdam is the nation’s biggest orange party town.
7. Queen fights, Switzerland
Time: 11th May, 2015
Each year, the Swiss canton of Valais hosts a series of cow fights known as combats de reines (“queen fights”). Although the formally organized events began less than 100 years ago, cow fighting is said to be an ancient tradition in Switzerland.
6. Inti Raymi Festival, Peru
Time: 24th June, 2015
Began from sixteenth century, the Inti Raymi (“Festival of the Sun”) was a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti, one of the most venerated deities in Inca religion. It is considered as an important festival of the ancient Inca which luckily survived through the rule of Spanish. At the festival, people pray for harvest.
5. EXIT Music Festival, Serbia
Time: 9th July, 2015
EXIT is an award-winning summer music festival which is held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia. EXIT festival began back in 2000 when a bunch of students fighting for freedom and democracy came together to rally against the Milosevic regime, and has since grown into a multi-award winning music event.
4. National Mask Festival, Papua New Guinea
Time: From 14th to 17th July, 2015
The National Mask Festival celebrates Papua New Guinea’s masks and the culture associated with them. The annual festival is held in Rabaul. 2015 marks twenty years since the first mask festival. Originally focused on the island traditions of PNG, the festival has expanded to include masks and customs from other parts of the country.
3. Burning Man, US
Time: 25th August, 2015
Burning Man is the annual art, music and everything-else festival currently taking place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Described as an ‘experimental community,’ it incorporates plenty of partying plus lighting massive fire displays, donning eye-catching costumes and performing passionate dances at sunrise.
2. Mexico’s Day of Dead Festival
Time: 31st October, 2015
The Mexico’s Day of Dead is one of the most unique festivals in Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
1. Hogmanay Festival, Scotland
Time: 30th December, 2015
While New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world, the Scots have a long rich heritage associated with this event – and have their own name for it, Hogmanay. In this day, fires are lightened up and hundred thousands people will be on the street to sing Auld Lang Syne together. This festival is considered one of top biggest street festivals in the world.
Now, are you ready for those festivals for 2015? Share with us your plan.
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