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Top 7 Celebrations Around the World
When: The Mardi Gras dates change every year depending when the official dates for Easter fall.
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
When Mardi Gras takes over the streets of New Orleans for two whole weeks it’s the carnival to rival all carnivals. Make sure you’ve got your best fancy dress costumes with you because Mardi Gras is all about dressing up. Be as wild and as exaggerated as you can imagine, then go join in the fun. Wander among the crowds in the streets, follow the parades, dance the hours away to live music and marching bands then go at a masquerade ball.
When: The Running of the Bulls is held every year from midday on the 6th of July to midnight on the 14th of July.
Where: Pamplona, Spain
The Running of the Bulls will really get your heart pumping. Apart from getting chased by bulls through the streets of Pamplona, you’ll be able to join in the parade of the giant dancing mannequins and “The Roar” where the crowds make as much noise as possible with drums and whistles in front of the local council office. Plus there’s a massive fireworks display every night of the seven-day event.
The bull run isn’t something to be taken lightly either and if you’re planning on participating, make sure you take a good pair of running shoes with you.
When: 17th March every year.
Where: Dublin, Ireland. New York, USA. Towns and cities all over the world.
Whether you’re in Dublin or New York on the 17th of March, you’ll be guaranteed an amazing time. It’s a bit of a mad bash considering the festivity is in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. What does “going green” mean on St Patrick’s Day? You’ll need to be dressed from head to toe in the color and have your face painted too otherwise you’ll stand out like a sore thumb. Don’t forget to learn the Irish word for cheers, sláinte.
When: During November every year.
Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
If you want to celebrate in a style which really sets the night on fire then you need to be at the Loy Krathong and the Yee Peng Lantern Festivals in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
During Loy Krathong, which is celebrated all over Thailand in November, the rivers and lakes flicker to life when innumerable tiny craft bearing lighted candles are set free to float upon the waters. It’s a truly amazing sight only rivaled by the Yee Peng Lantern Festival, which is part of Loy Krathong when hundreds of thousands of illuminated lanterns are liberated and soar simultaneously into the night sky.
When: The dates change every year depending when Easter falls.
Where: Venice, Italy
Of all the carnivals held in the world, the Carnival of Venice is by far the most elegant and undoubtedly the most sophisticated. It really is a two-week celebration of absolute, and very decadent, glamour. Ball gowns, frock coats, and beautifully stunning masks are the order of the day rather than your run of the mill fancy dress. When the parades take to the streets of Venice, there really is only one way they can do it and that’s by gondola.
When: The dates vary every year depending when the Easter celebration falls.
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
If you’re ready for the biggest and longest Samba dance marathon ever then you’re ready for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Put your best foot forward and shake that booty as you follow the trail of sequins and feathers left by the world’s biggest Samba street parades. You’ll be completely awestruck by the ginormous floats and their amazing decorations, but there’s more than Samba at the Rio de Janeiro carnival, it’s also world famous for its carnival balls. A different themed ball is held every night of the celebration and for those who prefer to stay home, every single street in Rio de Janeiro holds its own party. So whatever you do, don’t go without a mask or two.
When: At the very beginning of March.
Where: All over India
You may well have participated in a replica of this amazing Indian festival of color, but until you’ve attended a Holi festival in India, you won’t have done anything like the real thing. At a real Holi, there are some quite potent drinks available, which we won’t mention here, but which make sure everyone is really in the right mood for the fun which lasts one night and all through the following day. Get happy, get soaked with water then get plastered with multi-colored Holi powder. Everyone is fair game as a target so make sure you’ve got lots of powder for ammunition before you hit the streets.