Wednesday, April 24, 2019




Lopburi Monkey Festival in Lop Buri

Lopburi Monkey Festival in Lop Buri

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The town of Lopburi in Thailand celebrates every year a traditional Monkey Festival. Locals believe that providing food for the monkeys, Lopburis most famous residents, brings good fortune and prosperity.

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Sand Sculpting Festival 2009

Sand Sculpting Festival 2009

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The sixth annual New England Sand Sculpture Festival was held this weekend at Revere Beach. The sculptures will be up for the next two weeks, but the competition culminated Saturday. Eight master sculptors from around the country competed for a share in the $18,000 prize purse and the chance to place in the prestigious event. See all the entries and vote for your favorite.

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Sculptor: Dan Belcher From: St. Louis, MO

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Sculptor: Dan Doubleday From: Treasure Island, Fla.

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Sculptor: Justin Gordon From: Groveland, Mass.

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Sculptor: Justin Gordon From: Groveland, Mass.

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Sculptor: Carl Jara From: Cleveland, OH

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Sculptor: Matt Long From: Staten Island, NY

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Sculptor: Matt Long From: Staten Island, NY

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Sculptor: Matt Martelli From: Revere, Mass.

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The WINNER - Sculptor: Sue McGrew From: Tacoma, Wash.

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The WINNER - Sculptor: Sue McGrew From: Tacoma, Wash.

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Sculptor: Steve Topazio From: Tiverton, R.I.

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Menton Lemon Festival

Menton Lemon Festival

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Menton is located on the Franco-Italian border, within the confines of the Côte d’Azur and the Ligurian Alps. It boasts a warm micro-climate favorable to lemon, tangerine, and orange groves.

The fishing industry was devastated in the 1980s and 1990s when the “killer algae” Caulerpa taxifolia spread throughout the coastal sea floor, greatly reducing local fish populations.

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Menton’s February carnival festival of lemons, annually since the end of the 19th century and still exciting and fun, with a 2009 theme of Music of the World. The 3-week event has a daily Citrus Exposition, parades on Sundays, Corsos Nocturnes with fireworks on Thursday nights, and Jardins de lumières on Fridays.

The idea is citrus, the colors are yellow and orange, and the mood is festive. Menton, tucked along the coast next to Italy, becomes more animated than usual the second half of every February with the Fête du Citron.

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Every day of the festival period the Jardin Biovès in the center of town hosts the Expositions d’agrumes (Citrus Expositions). The normally open Jardin Biovès is walled off for the festival and an entrance fee (€9 in 2009) is required. The long, narrow garden is full of large, intricate creations, somewhat like static parade floats built mainly from citrus fruits.

Beyond was there for opening day in 2009, with the annual theme Musiques du Monde (Music of the World). Separate displays depicted classical, African, Polka and Tango. The appropriate music plays in the vicinity of each display, and some types of music enticed the slowly wandering visitors to spontaniously dance along with the music.

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The French Can-Can being played by the large yellow Moulin Rouge was popular, and a favorite place for having one’s photos taken in front of. In our casual analysis, the Rock and Roll exhibit of a large jukebox wasn’t that great, but the music was the most popular for spontaneous dancing along.

Not quite static, the artistic creations of lemons and oranges included rotating windmill blades for the Moulin Rouge and a turning paddle wheel in real water for the Dixieland steamboat.

The Expositions d’agrumes had a few stands selling local citrus-based products and refreshments.

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The Corsos des fruits d’or (the Parade of Golden Fruits) are held on a route through the town every Sunday, early afternoon. Tribunes, both along the seaside and on the inside streets, are available, or you can stand with the crowds and try to get a look.

Corsos nocturnes (Night parades) are held on two of the Thursday nights, including the parade, dancers and terminating with fireworks.

Jardins de lumières (Gardens of Light). On the Thursday nights of the festival, the expostion inside the Jardin Biovès is lighted and animated with dancers.

All of the events have their price, including the Expositions d’Agrumes in the Jardin Biovès. Tickets are available for entry into the Jardin at the garden. Tickets for all the events are available at the Office de Tourisme, located a couple of blocks up Ave Boyer, along the eastern side of the Jardin Biovès.

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Aliwan Fiesta on Philippines

Aliwan Fiesta on Philippines

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You do not need to travel across the Philippine archipelago to experience colorful festivals. You do not need to spend so much money to the world-renowned and highly appreciated Philippine fiestas. You get to experience different cultures and traditions and at their best at the same time in one place during the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila.

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Dubbed as the “mother of all fiestas,” the Aliwan Fiesta showcases the richness of Philippine heritage, not only to its people but also to the rest of the world. It is a highly anticipated annual event, with prizes summing up to millions of pesos, whereby contingents from all over the country promote their respective regions, both economically and tourism-wise.

Started in 2003, the fiesta was organized as a visual cultural extravaganza during the Christmas season. It showcases more than two dozen festivals from north to south and has categories: the float parade, the Reynang Aliwan, and the street dance competition. Each region has the option to send two contingents to represent its cultural festival. Likewise, participating regions have the option to send contingents for the float parade and the beauty pageant. However, entries for the street dance competition are limited. As a result, festival organizers screen participants, thus giving the public only the best presentations and performances. Now on its sixth year, the fiesta was slated on May 1-3 and was sponsored by the Manila Broadcasting Company, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the City Governments of Pasay and Manila.

Float Parade

The float parade is one of the most important parts of the fiesta where participants are only allowed to use locally produced flowers, textiles, vegetables, handicrafts, and other products available in their respective regions to decorate their vehicles. Each float, portraying local folklore and indigenous tradition, is adorned by a muse who will join the search for the Reynang Aliwan. This year, the Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte was adjudged as the champion, while the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City in Cebu Province and the Boling Boling Festival of Catanauan in Quezon Province emerged as the first and the second runner-ups, respectively.

Pamulinawen, which means “Ilocano maiden,” is a festival celebrated on February 2-11, in time with the Feast day of Saint William the Hermit, Laoag City’s patron saint. Sinulog, from the Cebuano word sulog, which means “like water current movement,” is one of the most famous festivals in the archipelago celebrated during the third week of January in commemoration of the conversion of the Filipinos from being pagans to Christians and in celebration of the Feast Day of Santo Nino, Cebu’s patron saint.fiesta Aliwan Fiesta on Philippines Boling Boling, on the other hand, is celebrated from the Sunday to the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, which signals the start of the Lenten season.

Reynang Aliwan

Aside from being a parade of culture, tradition, and festivities of the regions in the country, the Aliwan Fiesta is also a showcase of wit, charm, and beauty of Filipinas as they compete for the Reyna ng Aliwan. The beautiful muses represent their respective regions, wearing their respective costume, either traditional or customized but made up of local materials.

This year, Miss Davao City brought home the crown, because of her intelligence, irresistible charm, and statuesque height that captivated the nods of the judges. Her runner-ups were the muses of Pasay City, Cotabato City, Carmen of Cebu, and Kanlaon City of Negros Occidental.

Street Dance

The street dance competition is the main event of the Aliwan Fiesta, where each group, composed of up to 100 dancers and hundreds of musicians and support staff, have to undergo rigorous elimination processes through their local festivals before competing in the grand fiesta. They then try to impress the people, and of course the judges, while parading for four kilometers along Roxas Boulevard, Manila, from the Quirino Grandstand to the Aliw Theater grounds, near the CCP Complex in the City of Pasay. This year’s champion was the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City in Cebu Province. It was tailed by the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City in Iloilo Province and the other version of the Sinulog Festival of the Municipality of Carmen in Cebu Province.

Like the Sinulog, the Dinagyang is also a celebration of the Christian conversion of the Filipinos and a celebration of the Feast Day of Santo Niño. However, the latter is celebrated every fourth week of January, coupled with prayers amid the drum-banging voices of tribe members shouting “Hala Bira” and “Viva Senor Santo Nino”.



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Indian snake festival

Indian snake festival

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It is on the fifth day of the bright half of the Shravan that Naga Panchami, or the festival of snakes, is celebrated. The setting sun is witness to mile-long processions of gaily-decorated bullock carts, cheerfully trundling to the nearby Shiva temple. The excitement and merry-go-round of a fair takes over, lasting well into the night. The snakes that the men had captured from the deep forests the week before can now return to where they came from.

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Chinese New Year – Spring Festival

Chinese New Year – Spring Festival

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Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the Lunar New Year, especially by people outside China. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year’s Eve is known as Chúx?. It literally means “Year-pass Eve”.

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Sziget festival in Hungary

Sziget festival in Hungary

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The Sziget Festival is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, and more recently, in the world. The festival is held annually in August in Budapest, Hungary and takes place on Óbudai-sziget (“Old-Buda Island”), a landscaped island on the Danube, thus Sziget stands for Island. Currently it boasts more than 1000 performances each year.

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Creativity from Pumpkin

Creativity from Pumpkin

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Pumpkin growers often compete to see whose pumpkins are the most massive. Festivals are often dedicated to the pumpkin and these competitions.

The town of Circleville, Ohio, holds a big festival each year, the Circleville Pumpkin Show. The town of Half Moon Bay, California, holds the annual Pumpkin and Arts Festival, drawing over 250,000 visitors each year and including the World Champion Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Farmers from all over the west compete to determine who can grow the greatest gourd.

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Beltane Fire Festival

Beltane Fire Festival

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Beltane Fire Festival is an annual participatory arts event and ritual drama, held on April 30 on Calton Hill in Edinburgh. It is inspired by the ancient Gaelic festival of Beltane which was historically held on an evening after May 1st and marked the beginning of summer. The modern festival was started in 1988 by a small group of enthusiasts including the musical collective Test Dept., with academic support from the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Since then the festival has grown, and as of 2006 involved over 300 voluntary collaborators and performers with the 11500 available tickets selling out.

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