Festivals of the world
 
Holi festival of colors

Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as festival of Colours. Holi is primarily celebrated in India, Nepal, Pakistan and countries with large Indic diaspora populations following Hinduism, such as Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji.
Holi
Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, Phalgun Purnima which usually falls in the later part of February or March.

On the eve of the the festival bonfires are lit also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). After doing holika dalhan prayers are said and praise is offered. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.
Holi Holi
The main day, Holi is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other.The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. Thus, the playful throwing of the colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors.
 
La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a Spanish festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol(Bunyol) in Spain. In this festival the participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun and this festival is called La Tomatina. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
La Tomatina
The history of La Tomatina starts from 1945, during a parade of gigantes y cabezudos (Giants and Big-Heads), young men who wanted to participate in the event staged a brawl in town's main square, the Plaza del Pueblo. Since there was a vegetable stand nearby, they picked up tomatoes and used them as weapons. The police had to intervene to break up the fight, and forced those responsible to pay the damages incurred.

The following year the young people repeated the fight on the same Wednesday of August, only this time they brought their own tomatoes from home. They were again dispersed by the police. In 1950, the town allowed the tomato hurl to take place, however the next year it was again stopped. 1957 saw the festival becoming official with certain rules and restrictions. These rules have gone through a lot of modifications over the years.
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The event starts at around 10 AM, festivities begin with the first event of the Tomatina. It is the "palo jabón", similar to the greasy pole. The goal is to climb a greased pole with a ham on top. As this happens, the crowd work into a frenzy of singing and dancing while being showered in water from hoses. Once someone is able to drop the ham off the pole, the start signal for the tomato fight is given by firing the water shot in the air and trucks make their entry. The signal for the onset is at about 11 am when a loud shot rings out, and the chaos begins. Several trucks throw tomatoes in abundance in the Plaza del Pueblo.

The tomatoes for La Tomatina comes from Extremadura, where they are less expensive and are grown specifically for the holidays, being of inferior taste. For the participants the use of goggles and gloves are recommended. The tomatoes must be crushed before being thrown so as to reduce the risk of injury. The estimated no. of tomatoes used are around 150,000 i.e. over 90,000 pounds. Some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash.
 
The Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival is a famous festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan over seven days in February. Currently, Odori Park, Susukino, and Tsudome are the main sites of the festival.

The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan's largest and most distinctive winter events.
Sapporo
In 2007 (58th Festival), about two million people visited Sapporo to see the hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures at the Odori Park and Susukino sites, in central Sapporo, and at the Satoland site.The Sapporo Snow Festival is thought to be an opportunity for promoting international relations. International Snow Sculpture Contest has been held at the Odori Park site since 1974.

The subject of the statues for the Sapporo Snow Festival varies and often features an event, famous building or person from the previous year. Every year the number of statues displayed is around 400 in total.
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At the Satoland site, visitors can enjoy long snow and ice slides as well as a huge maze made of snow. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of regional foods from all over Hokkaidō at the Odori Park and Satoland sites, such as fresh seafood, potatoes and corn, and fresh dairy products.

The Sapporo Snow Festival began in 1950, when six local high school students built six snow statues in Odori Park. In 1955, the Japan Self-Defense Forces from the nearby Makomanai base joined in and built the first massive snow sculptures, for which the Sapporo Snow Festival has now become famous.
 
Carnival of Venice

The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival starts 58 days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday.
Carnival of Venice
It is said that the Carnival of Venice was originated from a victory of the "Repubblica della Serenissima", Venice previous name, against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico in the year 1162.In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently this festival started on that period and become official in the renaissance. After a long absence, the carnival return to operate in 1979 the Italian government decided to bring back the history and culture of Venice, and sought to use the traditional Carnival as the centerpiece of their efforts. Today, approximately 3,000,000 visitors come to Venice each day for Carnivals. One of the most important events is the contest for the best mask, placed at the last weekend of the Carnival.
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Saint Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century,, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
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St. Patrick's Day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services,wearing of green attire (especially shamrocks), Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland,Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Today, St. Patrick's Day is probably the most widely celebrated saints day in the world.
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Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick's day grew.Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century.Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.
 
The Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth",attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.
The Calgary Stampede
The event's roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. American promoter Guy Weadick launched his first rodeo and festival in 1912 and returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour soldiers returning from World War I. It became an annual event in 1923 when Weadick's festival merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.
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Events of The Calgary Stampede are

The parade serves as the official opening of Stampede and begins shortly before 9 a.m. on the first Friday of the event.Each year features a different parade marshal, chosen to reflect the public's interests at that time. Politicians, athletes, acRodeo

The rodeo is the heart of the Calgary Stampede.It is one of the largest,and the most famous event of its kind in the world. Cowboys consider performing in front of over 20,000 fans daily to be the highlight of the rodeo season.tors and other dignitaries have led the event over the years.There are six major disciplines – bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping, saddle bronc and bareback riding – and four novice events – junior steer riding, novice bareback, novice saddle bronc and wild pony racing.

Rangeland Derby, and nicknamed the "half-mile of hell",chuckwagon racing proved immediately popular and quickly became the event's largest attraction.
 
Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event which since 1964 has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea , London, UK each August, over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the day beforehand).It is led by members of the West Indian community, particularly the Trinidadian and Tobagonian British population or 'Trinis', many of whom have lived in the area since the 1950s.
Notting Hill Carnival
The carnival has attracted up to 2 million people in the past, making it the second largest street festival in the world after the Rio Carnival held in Brazil.

Starting its life as a local festival set up by the West Indian community of the Notting Hill area, it has now become a full-blooded Caribbean carnival, attracting millions of visitors from all over the globe. With many astonishing floats and the sounds of the traditional steel drum bands, scores of massive sound systems plus not forgetting the hundreds of stalls that line the streets of Notting Hill. The Notting Hill Carnival is arguably London's most exciting annual event.
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The Carnival Bands will take to the roads from around 9am on Sunday 28th August and the same time on Monday 29th of August. Sunday is Children’s day and Monday is Adults day. The Carnival parade should complete its procession by 7pm.
 
 
 
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