4 unique World festivals

Article written by A Tech Inc

frgnews june 2016Being part of a festival while traveling is a great way to immerse yourself into a country’s traditions and culture. Here are 4 of unique world festivals that should not be missed.

Mardi Gras, USA – This festival is held in New Orleans in early January. This famous festival runs for 2 whole weeks and features parades lead by “kings” and “Queens”. Most of the floats include “krewes” who throw gifts at the crowds. This is a festival to let loose, drink, eat and make merry, because the festival ends on Ash wednesday, which is for catholics a day of abstinence and the start of Lent.

Carnaval, Brazil – Held in Rio de Janeiro in early February. This festival runs for 4 days and draws celebrities and locals alike. The Main attraction is the Sambódromo parade, where groups of people compete for the best “samba school”.

Kanamara Matsuri, Japan- This festival runs from 31 March & 1 April. The festival which was traditionally to ward off syphilis in the 17th century, now raises money for AIDS research. The fertility based parade included penis shaped floats and fruit.

La Tomatina, Spain – Which is held in Bunol on the last wednesday in August, which celebrates the region’s patron saint. In celebration of this an estimated
125,000kg (275,625lb) of tomatoes are used. The tomatoes are brought into the city in trucks and drunken participants throw the fruit at each other.