Everyday there are fabulously exotic festivals & celebrations around the world. Here are some of our favorite events of things you have to experience for yourself.
With a name like “Molten Iron Throwing” you know it has to be good. In this illumining festival talented blacksmiths celebrate the end of the Lunar New Year in style by throwing molten metal against cold stone wall to create an explosion of sparks and light. Nothing I write can truly compete with the spectacle, so take a look as the experts light up the night in the Yu County Lantern Festival.
SXSW is a festival that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Not only does it celebrate film, musicians, and the arts, but it also showcases the forefront of technology innovation and design. Call me a tech nerd, but all three of those things sound awesome.
“Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.” I like the sound of that!
Las Falles is a celebration of St. Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain. What’s interesting about this particular festival is that communities around the city are in charge of raising the funds needed to erect statues like the one shown above. They then burn them to the ground at the end of the festival. The early people did so less to welcome spring, and more to rid of the excess garbage from the winter.
Possibly one of my personal favorite holidays, St. Patricks day (season) is upon us again. Although I’ve celebrated it many times here in Canada, I’ve always dreamed of experiencing the authentic day in Dublin. Did you know that green is associated with Saint Patrick’s Day because it is symbolic of the shamrock? The three leaf clover is rumored to be used by the saint to show pagan Irish the symbolism of the Holy Trinity.
Finally, March is a beautiful month because not only was I born on the 12th day, but winter thaws into spring on March 21. At Chichen Itza, the ancient pyramid draws crowds from far and wide to observe the serpent like effect that only occurs on the equinox. Some scholars have suggested is a representation of the feathered-serpent god Kukulkan (source).