The 100 Most Extraordinary and Beautiful Holidays in the World

Holidays of the World

In this section we have collected stories about amazing holidays of all cultures and peoples: from folk festivals and carnivals to religious festivals and state celebrations in various countries. The most colorful and cheerful holidays are juxtaposed with memorial days and mourning dates in various countries from all continents of the world.

Lebanon is an interesting and original country, characterized by a special mood and atmosphere, where local beliefs and Islamic traditions are intertwined.

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Mauritius is a small island of 1.2 million people, immigrants from Africa, Madagascar and Asia have mingled to form a bizarre public with its own festivals.

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Pakistan is a country of Shia Muslims, who differ in places from Sunnis in their radical views of religion.

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Tajikistan is a country with interesting and carefully preserved cultural customs and, of course, can not do without and Tajik holidays.

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Reunion is a French island. It is a mix of cultures: there are the French, Creoles, Indians and Chinese, the official language is French.

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Macau is a place where two great cultures collided, European and Chinese, and this is eventually reflected in the holidays.

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The UAE is a country of contrasts, where you can see the rigid adherence to the canons of Islam, nomads, camels and skyscrapers, banks and all the goods of civilization.

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Oman is a country with an absolute monarchy, it remained closed for a long time, and only opened to tourists in 1987.

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The holidays in Taiwan can be divided into three groups: fixed, celebrations, the time of which depends on the lunar calendar and various festivals.

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Saudi Arabia has subjected its entire life to the rules outlined in the Quran this is reflected in the celebrated holidays.

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Thais are very friendly and celebrate everything, but they celebrate their national holidays with special reverence and this was Loi Karatong – the holiday of the spirit of water and light.

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The holidays of Turkmenistan are conventionally divided into secular and religious events, the date of the latter is most often not fixed, officially the religion in the country – Islam.

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Kyrgyzstan is 90% mountainous country, so there are not many mass holidays and events that would affect the entire population.

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Most of Uzbekistan’s holidays are either related to its history or to its main religion (Islam).

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Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic state with members of all major religions, but most of them practice Buddhism and this is reflected in the holidays.

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Myanmar is an exotic and not promoted by travel companies Asian kingdom, which gave the world Buddhism.

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The Philippines is a country of 7,641 islands, which affects the nature of life and how holidays are celebrated here.

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13 most amazing holidays of the peoples of the world

Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are known to people all over the world. But, there are other holidays that are, to put it mildly, a bit unusual.

Each nation has its own colorful, interesting and unusual holidays. They were invented in different countries around the world in order to diversify people’s lives, fill it with bright colors. Such holidays make it possible not to forget the national traditions.

Below is a brief overview of the most unusual holidays, which are also widely celebrated, although not in the whole world.

Unusual holidays

1. Radish Night (Mexico) The holiday is held annually on December 23 in the city of Oaxaca. The city is famous for its master woodcarvers. In 1889, farmers decided to try carving figures out of radishes to attract customers. And it worked. The festival lasts a few hours, but attracts a large number of spectators and participants. The artists carve all kinds of figures of people, animals and buildings out of radishes.

The main theme of the festival is Christmas stories. Some of the sculptures can weigh up to 3 kilograms and reach a length of 50 cm. The program of the festival includes several contests, during which they choose the thickest, skinniest, longest and roundest radish. The festivities are accompanied by cheerful music, dancing and the sale of delicious sweets.

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2. Hangul (Korean Alphabet Proclamation Day) October 9 is celebrated in South Korea as the day of the proclamation of the Korean alphabet. It is worth specifying that this day commemorates the creation and proclamation by King Sejong the Great of the original alphabet of the Korean language (Hangul). In 1446, in the ninth month of the lunar calendar, the king promulgated a document introducing the new alphabet. Until the 20th century this language was in limited use. But in the latter half of the last century, Hangul became the main writing system in Korea. In 1991, the holiday lost its national holiday status but remained a national holiday. 3. Lame Duck Day (U.S.) Americans celebrate Lame Duck Day on February 6. “Lame Duck Day is an informal nickname for presidents and politicians who have lost another election but are still forced to stay in office until the end of their term. The phrase appeared in American political jargon in the mid-19th century.

Also lame ducks are sometimes called teachers in educational institutions or executives and managers of companies, who should quit soon but are still working out their last days in their jobs.

4. Cheng Chow Bung Festival (Gogkkong) The bun festival is held on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is one of China’s most colorful traditional festivals. The festival began about a century ago when the island was hit by a plague epidemic. To placate the spirits, the local population arranged an altar with offerings to the god Pak Tai, and the plague retreated. To this day, the islanders have been organizing parades and festivals ever since.

The celebration begins when three 18-meter high towers are lined up in front of the temple, which are completely covered with buns and pastries. People must collect as many buns as possible; the more baked goods a person collects from the towers, the luckier the next year will be. 5. Lammas Day Lammas Day, celebrated in English-speaking countries of the northern hemisphere on August 1, has many names, but the most common is Lugnasad, which translates as “the gathering of the Meadow” or “the wedding of the Meadow.” The Meadow is one of the gods of the Celtic pantheon, patron of agriculture and crafts.

The most important meal at Lammas is bread in all its variations, which residents bring to the local church. Fruit and nuts are also placed on the festive table. Several rituals are performed on this day, and afterwards the inhabitants prefer to continue the celebration outdoors, weather permitting.

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6. Beer Day (Iceland) If you are a beer lover, you must visit the beer festival on March 1 in Iceland. That day celebrates the passage of the Strong Beer Act, which has been in effect since 1989. This act abolished the dry law that had been in force for 75 years.

The most important thing on this day is to drink as much beer as you can. Most offices, institutions and banks are less open on this day, but this does not apply to drinking establishments.

7. Setsebun, bean-throwing day (Japan) Setsebun or bean-throwing day is celebrated on the first day of spring, which falls on February 3 – 4 in the Japanese calendar. On this day, people scatter beans (mame-maki ritual) in houses, streets and temples to chase away evil spirits and invite happiness into the home.

An ancient legend has it that once an epidemic took many lives and that evil spirits were to blame. The only way to banish them was to use roasted beans. Hence, the mame-maki ritual to banish evil spirits and preserve well-being was born.

The holidays of the peoples of the world

8. Nenana Ice Lottery (Alaska) The lottery takes place in the village of Nenana. This tradition began in 1917. That year the winter was particularly long, and a group of railroad engineers began betting on the time when the ice on the Tanana River would begin to crack. The following year several more supported them and it became a tradition. Participants in the lottery must guess the day and the exact time the ice on the river will break open. A large tripod tied to a special clock on the shore is placed on the ice. When the ice begins to melt and crack, the tripod will fall into the water, thus stopping the clock mechanism. The winner is announced. The biggest win was $303,895. 9. Nyepi Day (day of silence) Nyepi or Day of Silence in Bali is analogous to the new year, but is celebrated every spring on the night of the new moon. Thus, the date of the celebration changes every year. Nyepi is one of the most important holidays in the culture of the island, it is preceded by several ritual ceremonies, in which almost all the islanders participate. After the ceremonies. the next day at 6 am the whole island is immersed in silence and calm. The idea is to make the demons believe that the island is empty.

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Nothing works on the island except the ambulance. On this day the police patrol the city to make sure that all citizens greet the new year without lights, TV, radio and noisy feasts, thinking about what awaits them in the next year and what goals they have set for themselves. Nyepi’s rules must be obeyed by the island’s guests as well. The next day the merry carnival begins. 10. Tomatina In the last week of August, the city of Buñol in eastern Spain hosts an annual tomato festival to celebrate the passing of summer. This Spanish festival features fireworks, music, dancing and free treats. A distinctive feature of the festival that attracts crowds of tourists is the tomato battle Tomatina (La Tomatina).

The history of the holiday dates back to 1945, when a group of friends organized a tomato duel in the square. Despite the attempts of the authorities to ban the holiday, the festival is becoming increasingly popular. Although the battle itself lasts about 1.5 hours, the consumption of tomatoes reaches 100 tons. 11. Color Festival (Holi) One of the most famous festivals in India is the Holi color festival. It marks the arrival of spring in Hinduism, and falls at the end of February – beginning of March. The festival is dedicated to Holika, the legendary sister of the mythical king Hiranyakashipu, who refused to kill the little prince Prahlad, who believed in Vishnu, by order of her brother, and died in a fire while saving the child.

On the first day of the festival, towards evening, bonfires are built in honor of Holika to symbolize her burning. The second day (Dhalundi) of the festival is dedicated to colors: participants of the festival sprinkle each other and everyone he met with paint powders and sprinkle water. This tradition stems from the legend of the love of Krishna and Radha, whose face the young god painted powder as a child. Holi is especially celebrated in the Indian villages around Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna. 12. Coopershield Cheese Race Held on the last Monday of May in Gloucester, England. Competitors climb a hill and, after the signal, rush to chase a rolling head of cheese. Whoever is first to cross the finish line and grab the cheese receives it as a prize. Despite the very high injury rate, the holiday attracts a huge number of people who want to participate and tourists.

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The origin of the holiday is unknown, but the tradition of its celebration is about 200 years old and is becoming more and more popular every year.

13. Monkey Banquet Monkey Banquet is one of the most unusual holidays in Thailand. Once a year, since 1989 Thais hold a feast for 600 invited primates, although the guests come much more. On a huge 7-meter table covered with a red tablecloth you can find everything the monkey heart desires: all kinds of tropical fruits, vegetables and rice, 2 tons in total. You can even find sodas and sweets there. This is how the people of Lopburi thank the macaques for the victories in past wars. According to legend, the god Rama gave these lands to his best friend, King Hanuman of the monkeys. It was the monkeys who helped the king to save Rama’s wife, Sita, and to defeat his enemies.

The festival begins on the last Sunday of November at the ruins of the ancient temple. The governor gives a festive speech in front of the primates. There are a great many of them there. Then real invitations tied to cashew nuts are handed out. First appear a few brave males, then all the other members of the flock. Crowds of tourists and locals try to capture this feast on camera. Nourished and cheerful monkeys even allow themselves to be petted. Hundreds of holidays are celebrated each year around the world, with the preservation of ancient traditions and distinctive identity. Gone are the days of bloody sacrifices. In their place have come innocuous offerings to gods and idols in the form of fruits, dances, and songs. Many of them will seem strange, but they are all worth a visit and a personal opinion.

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