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The Most Popular of Cultural Festivals around the World

August 9, 2016 | European Culture

The Most Popular of Cultural Festivals around the World

Every country has a different of cultures.  It makes more attractive for the cultural festival staged around the world. As you know, there is the most popular cultural festival around the world especially in Europe. There are four (4) cultural festivals that you should not miss.

Carnival of Nice, France

nice festivalNice Carnival represents the days of blissful before the beginning of Passover. Carnival attractions on display in this French Riviera ranging from costume parade along with masks, rock concerts, and many others. The Nice Carnival is one of the world’s major carnival events, alongside the Brazilian Carnival and Venetian Carnival. It is held annually in February in Nice on the French Riviera.

The earliest records establish its existence in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles Anjou, spent “the joyous days of carnival”. This probably makes the Nice Carnival the original carnival celebration. Today the event attracts over a million visitors to Nice every year. The Carnival spans a two-week period in February.

Every year, a special theme is chosen, and traditional artists create 18 floats and other figurines in traditional papier-mâché for the colorful parade. The parades take place day and night, while on the Promenade des Anglais, “flower battles” occur.

La Tomatina Festival, Spain

tomato festival spainLa Tomatina, known as the Tomato War became an annual tradition of the most popular in Bunol, Spain. La Tomatina was first performed in 1945 and gained worldwide recognition in 1952. For completeness of the festival, organizers have provided 150,000 tons of tomatoes or even tens of tomatoes, performing arts (music, parade and dance) and fireworks a week before the event starts.

Usually, the fight lasts for an hour, after which the whole town square has been covered with tomato paste. Fire trucks then hose down the streets and participants often use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. Afterwards, the village cobblestone streets are completely clean due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces.

Since 2013, the capacity of La Tomatina is regulated by selling tickets for the event, a measure that “guarantees the sustainability of the party, better security and [more] fun for the attenders [sic]”. In 2015, it is estimated that almost 145000 kg of tomatoes were thrown. As with previous years, participants of many nationalities are expected.

Sziget Festival, Hungary

Sziget Festival, HungaryIf you go to Budapest, Hungary, this is where the Sziget Festival is held every August. It is one of the cultural festival in Europe at the same time the largest musical performances. Sziget Festival is notable in that it contains acts from many different genres. 2006 saw, among others, a blues stage, a jazz tent, a world music stage, alongside the main stage with more typical popular rock acts.

The festival is popular with west Europeans. Around 50% of visitors come from outside Hungary, with the largest group coming from the Netherlands. Many also come from the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Ireland.

Being located on an island, some festival goers have tried to enter by swimming across the Danube or by paddling across in inflatable rafts. The organizers very much discourage these attempts as it is dangerous due to the tricky nature of the fast-flowing Danube river.

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

oktoberfest - munich germanyOktoberfest is a day of celebration that lasts for 16 days-18 days in Munich, Germany. Visitors are coming, more than five million people to this annual festival. There are plenty of beer tents, food and games lined up in this place. This is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world.

Starting in 2008, a new Bavarian law was passed to ban smoking in all enclosed spaces open to the public, even those of the Oktoberfest. Because of problems enforcing the anti-smoking law in the big tents, an exception was granted to the Oktoberfest in 2008, although the sale of tobacco was not allowed. After heavy losses in the 2008 local elections, with the smoking ban being a big issue in political debates, the state’s ruling party implemented general exemptions to beer tents and small pubs. The change in regulations was aimed in particular to benefit the large tents of the Oktoberfest: So, smoking in the tents is still legal, but the tents usually have non-smoking areas. The sale of tobacco in the tents is now legal, but is widely boycotted by mutual agreement. However, in early 2010, a referendum held in Bavaria as a result of a popular initiative re-instituted the original, strict, smoking ban of 2008; thus, no beer will be sold to people caught smoking in the tents. The blanket smoking ban did not take effect until 2011, but all tents instituted the smoking ban in 2010 in order to do a “dry run” in order to identify any unforeseeable issues. The major issue while the smoking ban is in effect is the nauseating stench of stale beer spilled on the floor, which the smoking had masked.

2010 marked the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest. For the anniversary, a horse race in historical costumes was held on opening day. A so-called historische Wiesn (historical Oktoberfest) took place, starting one day earlier than usual on the southern part of the festival grounds. A specially brewed beer (solely available at the tents of the historical Oktoberfest), horse races, and a museum tent gave visitors an impression of how the event felt a century ago.

In 2013, 6.4 million people visited Oktoberfest, and the festival served 6.7 million liters of beer

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