Do you know which traditional festivities are the most extensive worldwide? How about the more recent ones? This exciting and enjoyable quiz about world festivals will test your knowledge.
What country is the home of the Holi Festival of Colors?
Holi, a well-known Hindu festival with Indian roots, is primarily observed in those two countries. The “festival of spring” or “festival of colors” welcomes revelers to rekindle loving bonds, forget old grudges, and experience joy as it celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring. During the celebrations, throwing colors at one another has also grown in popularity. That is one method of forgiving and moving on.
Join Oktoberfest, an annual traditional beer and live music celebration in which country?
What could be better than music and beer? The Germans created the world’s largest beer festival and traveling fair, Oktoberfest, with that idea in mind. Over six million festival-goers visit Munich each year for the two to a three-week-long folk festival. You should bring your lederhosen if you’re one of them.
Participate in La Tomatina, a festival food fight in this city.
Visit Buol in Valencia if you want to participate in a hilarious food fight. La Tomatina, one of the world’s most entertaining free-for-all food-fight festivals, is hosted in the city. This wildly entertaining tomato fight, which takes place on the last Wednesday of August, has been going on since 1945 when a wild brawl between some young people devolved into a food fight involving vegetables from nearby market stalls. Bring on the food fight now that it is official.
Which city’s Carnival is a crucial Mardis Gras event and is celebrated on Fat Tuesday?
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro comes to mind when you think of Carnival. The vibrant festival starts before Lent every year and draws two million people daily to the streets. Rio’s first Carnival took place in 1723, and the city hasn’t looked back. The parade for Carnival has grown to include samba schools, floats, and of course, many costumed spectators.
What country celebrates “Hogmanay” while many of us celebrate New Year’s Eve?
If you thought, Times Square on New Year’s Eve was crazy, wait until you experience Hogmanay in Scotland. First-footing is a tradition of New Year’s Eve celebrations done “Scottish-style,” starting at the stroke of midnight. By entering their home with symbolic gifts, you can predict the kind of luck a friend will experience for the rest of the year.
In this country, where the Day of the Dead is observed, death takes on new meaning.
It’s turning scary. The Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de Muertos, is a multi-day Mexican festival celebrated with family and friends around All Saints Day. People come together to celebrate and pray for their sadly deceased loved ones. In Mexican tradition, those who have passed are said to awaken to celebrate with them.
What country’s King’s Day celebrations are you likely participating in if your entire outfit is orange?
In the Netherlands, King’s Day, or Koningsdag, commemorates the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Since 1885, King’s Day has been observed (although it was known as Princess’s Day in honor of Princess Wilhelmina). It features a national “free market” where used goods are sold and “orange madness,” the nation’s official color. Willem, happy birthday!
Where is Spring Festival celebrated, also known as this country’s “New Year”?
China frequently refers to the Spring Festival, which we refer to as Chinese New Year. The celebrations start on the eve of the new year and last for about two weeks until the Lantern Festival, which marks the beginning of the new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar. Red is a popular color during Spring Festival, fireworks go off every day, and major cities are frequently deserted as everyone travels home to see family.
Full steam ahead to upward! Which city hosts the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world?
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The sky is filled with colorful, whimsical balloons during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s biggest hot air balloon festival. What size are we describing? Since 1972, more than 500 hot air balloons have taken to the skies every year.
Consider rolling around the mud at the Boryeong Mud Festival in this country if rolling down a hill isn’t your thing.
The first Boryeong Mud Festival took place in 1998. The stage is for “Mud Experience Land,” where participants can engage in mud-throwing competitions, transporting mud from the Boryeong mud flats to Daecheon beach. A little over 2 million people attend the annual Boryeong, South Korea event.
Which Orthodox countries observe Old New Year (also known as “Stary novy god”)?
Russia and Eastern Europe
Russia and Eastern Europe
You get two New Year’s celebrations if the Julian and Gregorian calendars are used to start the new year. Due to the Orthodox world’s historical use of the Julian calendar, Old New Year is a holiday observed on January 14th. Like New Year’s is celebrated, Old New Year festivities include drinking, singing, dancing, and indulging in a substantial traditional meal.
Which country is the birthplace of Diwali, which celebrates the “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”?
Diwali is one of the biggest and best festivals celebrated in Hindu countries. The five-day festival of lights has its roots in India and is associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. To worship Lakshmi and bring prosperity and wealth, celebrants light candles and oil lamps inside and outside their homes.
What country celebrates the Songkran water fight festival by getting wet and wild?
Many countries observe the Buddhist New Year and the Songkran festival, including Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. However, it is frequently referred to as the “biggest water fight in the world” in Thailand. During this festival, scented water was traditionally poured over Buddha statues to wash away bad luck from the previous year. Be prepared to get wet if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit Thailand for Songkran each year.
Does it sound fun to roll down a hill after a cheese wheel? Then make your way to this city for its peculiar local festival.
One of the most bizarre festivals on this list involves a hill and a wheel of cheese. Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester, England, hosts “Running the cheese,” the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake every spring. Unbelievably, individuals from all over the world travel to participate in this activity, which entails chasing a 7-9 pound wheel of Double Gloucester hard cheese down the hill. Accidents do happen.
The Hajj is a significant pilgrimage if you’re determined to do so. Your destination, where would it be?
The Hajj, which translates to “going to a place for visiting,” is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. The holy city must be reached by walking 3–10 miles over 5–6 days as part of rituals. One of the five pillars of Islam, it is regarded as a mandatory religious duty for those who can physically and financially make the journey. Every year, approximately 2 million worshipers participate in the Hajj.
Which country celebrates the Loy Krathong and Yee Peng orange lantern festivals?
Thousands of krathongs (lit lanterns) floating upward into the sky and reflected below in the rippling water are probably something you’ve seen in pictures. Thailand’s most well-known fall festival is the magical Loi Krathong and Yi Peng joint celebrations, and it’s not hard to understand why. By letting go of your float, you can express gratitude to the Goddess of Water against the watery backdrop of Chiang Mai and other Thai cities.
The spooky Krampus Night is observed here and is quickly approaching, just like Christmas.
Those who have celebrated Christmases with a Santa Claus theme have been missing out on Krampus. An evil demon with stag horns, fur, and coal-fired eyes is said to kidnap children in a bag for a midnight snack during the Central European holiday of Krampusnacht, observed on December 5—the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day. Santa makes an appearance at the feast and distributes gifts, but Krampus also makes an appearance and distributes beatings with birch branches and his very own coal.
Which city’s Running of the Bulls is a must-see when in Spain?
Do you enjoy good gore? During the nine-day Saint Fermin festival, engage in a foot race through Pamplona’s congested streets with a herd of bulls. There will be a bullfight that evening featuring those same bulls from the foot race. Get moving because the running of the bulls is waiting for you, but it won’t be for very long.
You may have been curious about the masks if you’ve been here. They are for the renowned Carnevale of this canaled city.
As you stroll through Venice’s canals, you’ll see masks displayed in every window. The reason for this is that the city of Italy observes a distinctive masked Carnevale that typically lasts from St. Stephen’s Day on December 26 to Shrove Tuesday, just before the Lenten season. In addition to being hand-painted and embellished with gems and feathers, masks were initially made of porcelain, leather, or glass.
Want to discover more about a snow and ice festival? Take a trip to the biggest one in the world in which city?
Do you like the cold? Then you should attend the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The world’s largest ice and snow festival is held in the Chinese city of Harbin, which features snow sculptures of famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal and Red Square. With approximately 18 million attendees in 2018, the festival brought in billions of dollars for the city.
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