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In the spirit of a great start to a booming new year, FLEXIROAM would like to make sure that 2016 will be a memorable year for you. Everybody knows that a year filled with celebration is one filled with hilarious stories and inspiring moments. Since we know that you will be on the move quite a bit this year, we’d like to fill you in on some of the biggest annual festivals around the world that will be a perfect addition to your bucket-list.
Being part of a country’s festival is the climatic immersion into its culture and the people that make it what it is. Festivals are intimate experiences, for obvious reasons: locals feel free to express their heritage and tourists are open to new experiences. From Ice snow festivals to ultra music parades that gather millions of people annually from all around the world for partying, dancing and eating; all encompassed in an ambiance of celebration, who wouldn’t want to be there?
We want you to have your very own experience of these celebrations, which is why we have created a list just for you with all of the specific dates and locations of the most astounding and exciting global festivals. You see, we want you to know the whens and wheres just so that you can prepare your flight tickets and begin your adventure!
Here are 5 of the world’s best festivals.
1. Harbin Ice And Snow Festival.
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If you are an art connoisseur or happen to have an intrinsic appreciation for ice art, then Heilongjiang is just where you want to be. It’s China’s northernmost province enclosed by mountain ranges and a flat interior plain. The festival exhibits the most exquisite ice and snow sculptures in the world as well as the artists that build these incredible sculptures using ice and snow and decorating them with lights and wanderlust lasers.
The dates of this festival is from January 5th to February 5th, so even though this year’s festival has gone by, make sure to catch 2017’s exhibition, and prep yourself for some exquisite art and ice cold weather?
2. Holi Festival, India.
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Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other Hindu regions. It is an ancient Hindu festival which starts with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where locals gather, sing and dance the night away.
The next morning is a free for all carnival of colors, where everyone plays with color powders and water all in celebration and cultural expression. If you really want to have fun in a different and creative way, then this rainbow lit festival is perfect for your imagination, senses and even for your mobile’s “selfies” picture archive.
3. The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro
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Every year, around the beginning up until the mid of February, the entire globe hears echoes of the raging party in the second most populated area in Brazil. With about 500,000 to a million visitors every year, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the carnival capital of the world. It is a week engraved with extravagant parades, dancing, colorful splashes, and an ambiance that makes this one of the most exciting and well-known festivals in the world.
The first festivals of Rio date back to 1823 when the typical Rio carnival parade was filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools located in Rio. This year’s Carnival began on the 5th of February 2016 right up until the 10th of February 2016. Chances are that you have heard of all the crazy stories, exuberant memories, and life-long friends made from Brazil’s very own “big bang event”, but just in case you haven’t, then make sure you are part of them next year.
4. Oktober Fest, Munich, Germany.
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If you quite well acquainted with the acquired taste of good beer, well then perhaps it is time to introduce you to what might consequently become your second home(and maybe even your permanent one). Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending every year with the common interests of fun, roller coaster adventure and that good old fashioned conversation starter, a cold Kölsch. Can you imagine being surrounded by bucket-sized glasses, great music, and socialites at every turn? Absolutely a must have! Book that ticket right now.
5. San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain.
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In all honesty, who wouldn’t’ want to watch people running all over the place from a charging beast, all in the spirit of good fun? The Running of the Bulls is a time-honored Spanish tradition, which is guaranteed to take you on the sprint of your life. The event, which takes place from the 6th to the 14th of July is a part of the famous San Fermin festival – a practice that involves running in front of a small group of bulls (normally a dozen) which are lead through the streets of the old quarter as far as the bull-ring by runners.
The first rocket is set off at 8 a.m. to alert the runners that the corral gate is open, followed by a second signal to alert the runners that all six bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that the herd has entered the bull-ring and the corral, marking the end of the event. Definitely, a must go festival for all the adventurers!
So…are you ready for this?
Traveling to all these festivals means that you will need to stay connected with those whom you leave behind. Roaming charges are still most notably the biggest hassle for overseas travelers so we’ve designed the FLEXIROAM app, which means no sim-cards needed, and you will have instant-chat, video calls and voice calls charged at 0.01 cent a minute. Simple, inexpensive and travel-friendly. Download the app at www.flexiroam.com/app today. Ciao!
Written by Mbula Ngulube