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Greatest Festivals in the World: Where should you go?

To round trip any Magyars lands, should bear in mind what are some of the major festivals and cultural and sporting events that take place each year in Hungary. Budapest for more than two decades ago has one of the most renowned festivals in Europe for a week in August. The first festival in the Hajógyári Island (today more known simply as "Sziget" (Island) opened in 1933, was called Diáksziget (the island of students) and then triumphed with 43,000 visitors. This is not surprising since the organizers found the perfect-place in a central island in Budapest but sufficiently isolated from the rest of the city to not disturb anyone- and the concept of organizing a big festival where young people can meet, attend concerts and fun together with a nostalgic summer camp environment. Since then his reputation continues to grow. In recent years the number of visitors approaching 400,000 and with the mediation of Youtube, millions of people were able to follow events on the Internet. Of course in addition to the large number and variety of musical groups invited to Sziget, the essence of the place and the atmosphere is something you can only experience being there. Tickets for one day are from 55 €

Another major event hosted by the organizers of Sziget Festival is the Balaton Sound Festival. In this case the place is the "Hungarian Sea", the Lake Balaton, which gives rise to this festival since 2007. Tickets from 50 € day. This event takes place in July for three days. A brief selection of performers who came in 2014: David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Alesso, Wiz Khalifa and Rudimental.

Since 2001, in June in the city of Békéscsaba takes place the Culinary Festival Of Beer And Knuckle with the motive of spreading the civilized drinking "liquid bread" (as Hungarians call the beer), take care of culinary traditions and popularize tourism attractions in the province. Festival visitors can enjoy 100 types of beer including 50 types of Czech beer and several Hungarian beers, pálinka, concerts, handicrafts Hungarian market and optional programs such as know the city and its surroundings on foot, by bike, riding, rowing or even by air. A cooking competition is also performed. Beer is served in liter steins, and the first barrel of beer arrives by parachute to the event.

Italy is a country with strong religious traditions, great festivals of different kinds throughout the year. Cultural events of great importance are also celebrated worldwide being the Venice Film Festival the most important today.

One of the most important and elegant events in the world is the Venice Carnival, considered one of the costumes festivals most glamorous that dating from the Middle Ages and which once was the only chance where all social classes enjoy together  this feast of the Venetian colony. People arrive there from all corners of the world to participate in the masked balls and other activities.

On special dates Naples city is prepared to welcome thousands of tourists as in the case of the Festa di San Gennaro, which takes place the first Sunday of May, September 19th and December 16th; in those days the people there praying for the saint's blood turns liquid, because it is a belief among city residents that this miracle will save the location of all potential disasters.

Another interesting feast, but nationally, is the Befana, a good witch who, riding in her broom, the night of 5th to 6th January visits the homes of all children, which should be left empty socks so the witch filled with candies and toys to children who have been good and coal to those who have misbehaved.

If Spain is famous for something is for its festivals. The rich Spanish cultural tradition makes in each region in each province and even in every small town has a mythical festival par excellence.

"January 1, February 2, March 3, April 4, May 5, June 6, July 7 San Fermin..." To Pamplona we must go if we want to hear this classic. The feast of feasts par excellence, the most popular of Spain, is a celebration in honor of San Fermin which takes place annually in the Spanish city of Pamplona, ​​capital of Navarre. In fact, during the San Fermin, Pamplona's population goes from 200,000 to over 1,000,000. The festivities begin with the launch of chupinazo (rocket) from the balcony of the City of Pamplona at 12 noon on July 6 and end at 24 pm on July 14 with the Poor me, a farewell song. One of the most famous activities of the Sanfermines is the closure, which is a distance of 849 meters ahead of the bulls, culminating in the bullring. Closures take place every day between 7 and 14 July and begin at eight in the morning, with an average duration of between two and three minutes. Run!

La Tomatina, a festival for everyone held for more than 60 years in Buñol, Valencia, and has even come to be imitated in some countries. The last Wednesday of August every year, thousands of people over 100 tons of tomatoes each other are thrown into a "battle" as fun. Recently, the party has undergone some controversy for its privatization and the compulsory payment of € 10 for non-residents of the village people.

Another classic among classics, Las Fallas are held every year from 15 to 19 March in the autonomous capital, but also in other locations. Around one million people come each year to the burning of the ninots, a night in which the fire takes center stage. The next day, the falleros and falleras beginning to prepare the festivals for next year. Pure dedication.

The famous Seville April Fair is held the third week after Easter in the Real de la Feria. Thousands of people dance Sevillanas each year between fine wine and rebujitos. Although there are many public stalls, if you're looking to discover the local environment, if you meet Sevillians they can invite you to their private stall.

From its beginnings, back in the dawn of civilization as we know it today, the Greek people was very prone to all kinds of celebrations. And it is that Greece is a country with strong traditions.

On the island of Zante, every August the Carnivals are held, which lasts two weeks. The festival ads displayed with the traditional preacher, who goes by the island carrying the news of the beginning of the event and the full program of entertainment and activities offered. The two carnival Sundays are the days of King Carnival procession, it is preceded by carriages from every corner of the island; the day of closing, the Burial of the mask is performed, parodying a funeral where the dead is the King.

The city of Athens offers with frequency music shows for all tastes, such as the Synch Festival, an electronic festival that combines live music, art installations and interactive media. Although the main shaft is about techno music, there is also room for musicians of different genres, giving space for the exchange of ideas and the creation of musical hybrids.

Between 8th September and 19th November Dimitria Annual Festival is held, an event that brings together a wide variety of live music, dance and theater, being the biggest event of Thessaloniki. It is a display of all that characterized the Greeks, so that gives us a window into the complex culture of the country.

Although there is in Slovakia the Christian tradition since the ninth century until today they have preserved various pre-Christian, pagan traditions, manifested on several occasions throughout the year. One is led Morena, one of the most archaic traditions. The tradition of Morena is to say goodbye to winter and give way to spring. People believed that without this ritual spring would not come. Sunday of Lent, two weeks before Easter, is prepared as a doll representing Morena: two sticks in a cross are covered with straw and puts a traditional costume. The girls, also dressed in the traditional costume, and make a procession in the village streets singing songs and rituals carrying Morena to the river. There he removed the clothes and "kill" Morena - winter burning and throwing it into the river from a bridge.

December 26 takes place St. Stephen’s Day (Svätý Štefan). It is a holiday and is called The Second Christmas Day Holiday (Druhý sviatok vianočný). Christmas prohibitions are completed and the atmosphere is more relaxed. In the past it was customary to bathe in cold water for good health. People visiting to wish all the best, the first to enter in a house must be a man for not frighten the good fortune of the house. Small groups of boys singing while visit their girlfriends. Since the beginning of December until the 25 parties were banned , so the St. Stepehn’s Day was a day of celebrations, especially for young people and remains to this day. These parties are known by the name of Stefańska zábava (feast of St. Stephen).

The festivities in Cyprus are related to the Catholic religious cults and seasons of the year.

It is very popular the Carnivals Festival in coastal areas, they last ten days, with happy and fun masks. This custom is very old, since it dates back to pagan rituals. The festival begins with the opening parade of the King of Carnival, followed by an extravagant dress competition for children. During the Carnival parade in the main streets, large crowds from all over of the island gather to watch the floats.

During the first half of September, it takes place the Annual Wine Festival where the wineries offer free, for ten days, their wines to visitors. Some nights, groups of Cyprus or foreign people, represent traditional dances, and there are choirs.

Lithuania is a great place for a combination of old, archaic traditions and modern day festivals. Similar to Slovakia, Lithuania has a big feast with lots of pancake eating, called Užgavėnės. Hundreds of people in the streets wearing colorful costumes and masks have the same goal - to chase the winter away and salute the upcoming spring. There is also a doll, called Morė, which is burned later. The main event of the festival is the fight between two characters - Lašininis and Kanapinis - which symbolise two seasons. The first one is a fat man with the head of a pig, while the other one is a skinny guy with the moustache. Of course the slim one, which is spring, always wins.

St. Jonas festival takes place on 24th of June - the longest day and the shortest night of the year. There are a lot of magical celebrations and spells done during that night. For example, after a making of flower crown girls used to count the blossoms. Those who were lucky to find even number of flowers, could expect to get married soon, while odd number of flowers means another year of being single. It's a great time to enjoy nature at the fullest since everyone tries to leave cities and go near the lakes and dance around bonfires.

If you are looking for some crafts and folk art, Kaziukas fair is the biggest annual festival with tons of street markets. It is celebrated on the nearest Sunday to the 4th of March (feast of St. Casimir). The fair attracts thousands of visitors and many craftsmen from across Lithuania as well as neighbouring countries such as Latvia, Russia, Poland.

In Poland one of the most popular traditional polish festivals is named Wianki (in English: Whreats). It is a cyclical cultural event, which every year takes place in Krakow near Wawel hill, at the bend of Vistula river. Tradition of organizing cultural events at this spot during the summer solstice reaches back a long time, but in its current form Wianki exists since 1992. Primarily the festival was the pagan religious event – Noc Kupały. The tradition did not die although Poland has adopted Christianity.  Just the context of the festival has changed. Wianki became large open-air performance on a big scale. Nowadays it is one of the biggest annual cultural events with music and other performances, firework show and other attractions.

There are many music festivals in Poland but among them Open’er Festival is nowadays cult. Open’er got many awards both in home and abroad.  At the same time it is the biggest paid open-air festival in Poland. It is appreciated because of its variety of stylistics, multiculturalism and multilingualism. The lineup of international flavors is complemented with Polish artists. Over the couple of years Open’er has been changing and expanding but it remains an event with the best atmosphere among outdoor festivals. 

Another interesting event is Tauron Music Festival, which has been voted as The Best Small European Festival. It focuses on showing the most interesting trends in the contemporary electronic music and visual arts.

Other big festivals in Poland worth to see: 

· Orange Warsaw Festival,
· Off Festival,
· Woodstock,
· Festival Country,
· Jewish Culture Festival,
· Live Music Festival.

The City of Rio de Janeiro is famous for its annual events such as Carnival and New Year's Eve party with fireworks. Throughout its history has housed national and international events of great proportions like Rock in Rio, this event takes place in September for 7 days, this party has a great infrastructure called "City of Rock" to welcome all rock lovers. National and international artists make highest quality presentations, throughout its history it has had artists like Queen, AC / DC, James Taylor, George Benson, Rod Stewart, Yes, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden.

The other big event will happen in a few months, how about going to Brazil in August 2016? The XXXI Olympic Summer Games will be there. The opening will be held on August 5. The closing ceremony will take place on August 21. The theme of the games event will be "Live your passion". The city is preparing a few years to receive tourists and to give everyone the best services. Plan and come to Brazil to enjoy the Olympic Summer Games and the best tropical beach in the world.

São Paulo is a city that offers large numbers of events and festivals to all kinds of public.


The Lollapalooza is an annual music festival composed of genres such as alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop bands and comedy performances and dances, and craft booths. The Lollapalooza has featured a variety of bands and helped expose and popularize artists such as Metallica, Alice in Chains, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave, L7, Janes Addiction, X Japan, The Killers, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, Hole, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip and Fun among others.

This festival usually happens in one weekend in March or April.

Gay Pride (LGBT)

The Gay Pride Parade is a tourist event of the city that attracts about 3.1 million people. It was the highest concentration of world's LGBT public, surpassing large cities like New York, which at its peak of popularity brought together 2.9 million people.  The concentration Parade happens at Avenida Paulista, with dispersion in the city center. Along the path, there are electric trios affiliates of the LGBT movement and shops (like nightclubs), who play various types of music.

The gay pride is on event that occurs usually in the middle of June.

The Carnival is the most popular party in Brazil and of course, in São Paulo it occurs. The Carnival of São Paulo is a traditional carnival party that takes place every year in São Paulo. The parade of São Paulo samba schools takes place in Anhembi Sambadrome, designed by Oscar Niemeyer renowned architect, who also designed the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí in Rio de Janeiro. The Special Group parade of São Paulo samba schools takes place on Friday and Saturday of carnival week (February).

Another option than Sapucai are the famous street blocks, which are meetings of people in the streets to celebrate the carnival, to the feast of traditional music and lots of fun.

São Paulo Fashion Week
One of the most important fashion weeks in the world (along with the weeks of London, New York, Milan and Paris), the São Paulo Fashion Week, established in 1996 under the name of Morumbi Fashion Brazil, is the largest and most important event fashion in Latin America.

Today the event happens twice a year, once in January, presenting the collection of winter and the other in July, with the summer collection.

Virada Cultural

The Virada Cultural is an annual event organized since 2005 by the City of São Paulo in order to promote the city 24 hours of cultural marathon. The event was inspired by the Parisian Nuit Blanche, which annually stirs the French capital, with attractions that follow into the early hours.
The great advantage of “Turn” has been taking first-line attractions citizens of all social classes, many of whom have never been in a theater or concert hall before. It has also contributed to the revival of the Old Center of São Paulo, São Paulo to bring to the region, which usually empties overnight.


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