A festival is an event that is often held by a community to commemorate some aspect of that group’s religion or traditions. Around the world, there are various kinds of festivals celebrated. However, some are long forgotten due to evolution. But not to freight, there is still some festival being celebrated today.
Weird or logic, it doesn’t matter. When it comes to festivals, it’s always about having fun with your loved ones. There’s music, parades, food, drink and activities that can last for days! Here are 10 festivals that are still celebrated around the world today.
1. Bon Festival
The Bon Festival, also known as obon, is one of the most popular events in Japan. This festival is celebrated in honour of their ancestors. It is a Buddhist holiday that has been observed for over 500 years and is based on the tale of Maha Maudgalyana, a Buddhist student. He utilised his ability to glimpse the ghost of his mother, who had passed away. He made a sacrifice and freed her from her sorrows, and he danced joyfully, and this is where the Oban dance tradition began. This festival is celebrated for three days from the 13th to the 15th of July every year. Some things they do are hanging paper lanterns, visiting graves, making food offerings and doing the obon dance
Songkran, also known as the Water Splashing Festival, is a Thai festival that commemorates the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Younger Thais pour water over their hands to pay respect to monks and seniors, and Buddha statues are washed. The lunar shift is also marked by parades, dancing, and traditional entertainment, however, Songkran is most known for getting soaked. Songkran is all about having a good time. In a nutshell, large amounts of water are kept in whichever containers you want before being utilised to immerse your loved ones.
The haka is a traditional Maori dance or challenge. According to legend, the sun deity Tama-nui-te-ra and his wife Hine-raumati, who represents summer, had a son named Tane-rore. Tane-rore would dance for his mother on hot summer days, making the air tremble. The cornerstone of all haka was this light, quick movement. To accompany a loud chant, actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions, and repetitive body slapping. A haka’s words frequently depict ancestors and events in the tribe’s past in a lyrical way.
4. Pilgrimage of Rocio
This festival dates back to the 17th century where it takes place on the weekend of the Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. This festival involves thousands of people who pay tribute to the Virgin of El Rocio. During the festival, they sing traditional flamenco cantas and coplas in their own way. People camp by the streets and create bonfires, eat, sing and dance throughout the night.
This festival is celebrated on the 24th of February and is officially Romanian valentine’s day. The festival symbolizes youth, love, hope and nature rebirth. This day involves a series of rituals done by young people to find love and happiness in the future. They search for flowers, dancing and kissing in front of people. One should not remain alone on this day as it is considered bad luck in love for the rest of the year.
6. Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah
Celebrated by Jewish people all over the world especially in Israel. This festival celebrates the coming of age of Jewish men and women and this traditional ceremony is held when one turns 13. Bar Mitzvah means son of the commandment while Bat Mitzvah means daughter of the commandment.
Originated from India, this festival marks the beginning of spring. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love. Despite being a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life, some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more a time for fun. It’s a colourful festival, with dancing, singing and throwing of powder paint and coloured water. Holi is also known as the “festival of colours”.
Princes Day in the Netherlands dates back to the 18th century. During that time Prince William V was the ruler and his birthday was on 8th March, so that day was called Prinsjesdag. Now, this festival is held on the third Tuesday of September and is also known as Budget Day. A week before the actual date, festivities continue in Prinjesfestival where hat walks, special boat rides and unique meals can be seen.
9. Witches’ Night
Takes place on April 30th, this event is described as a Halloween-type festival. Here people gather to create witches from straw and old fabric. They are then burnt into flames to ward off evil and to bid farewell to the spirit of winter. Parades are held and people gather dressing up as creatures, there’s noise, music dancing, eating, drinking and burning witch dolls in bonfires.
Held in Brazil, Carnival is a festival that takes place over a few days in February or March, generally before Lent. Because many people typically fast throughout Lent, giving up meat, sweets, and other meals and beverages, carnival provides a chance to savour these pleasures one final time. People dress up in bright masks and costumes and march in a parade that has aspects of a circus and a street celebration.
Sources: BuzzFeed Bring Me
(Video) ‘Pulau Babi’ In Johor, The Reason Behind The Name Is Not As What You Think
This ‘Pulau Babi’ is located in Johor and it is one of the most mesmerizing islands to know of. It is also known as one of the most famous beach spots located specifically here in Malaysia. As a visitor, do not miss the opportunity to go here if you come to the State of Johor. The particular name of the place might sound a bit rough and also explicit to be heard especially if you are local, but there is a legendary story that relates to how the island can get such a name.
Heads up for all of you. The name of the island that is ‘Pulau Babi’ is definitely not like what you think in your own head. To be honest, the origin story could be quite hilarious to understand. The story of the island goes like this.
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It is said that in the past, there was a couple who lived together that were fishermen living here. According to the story, the pregnant wife wanted to eat seaweed. However, after eating the seaweed, the wife turned into a mermaid. Because the husband was too angry because the appearances of the wife got changed, the husband vented his anger by cursing the island by calling it ‘Babi’ repeatedly. So, that is how the name ‘Pulau Babi’ got to stick to the island. It is from this story that the island got such a name and the name remains in use up until this modern day. So weird.
The authenticity or not of the story cannot be ascertained. However, the story is popularly told by the mouth of the residents around the area. Although the name is not pleasant to be heard, the island which is located in the district of Mersing and facing the South China Sea is very popular with tourists because of the beauty and originality of nature.
Sources: TikTok Ervi.
Fascinating Shoe Collections! These Are 5 Best ‘Skechers’ Collaboration
Skechers is actually an American footwear company. It is headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California and the particular brand was founded in the year of 1992 and is now known as the third-largest athletic footwear brand in the United States. Other than the United States, this brand also is so famous in other countries including Malaysia. The fans and shoe enthusiasts for this brand have been growing bigger and bigger for this country. So amazing.
Malaysians have been loving this brand because there are actually so many fascinating collaborations done with a lot of other brands such as cartoons, anime, and many others. People tend to get caught by the amazing shoe collections made in all their collaborations. For those who might not know, these are the 5 best collaborations made with Skechers.
1) Skechers X One Punch Man
2) Skechers X Sailor Moon
3) Skechers X One Piece
4) Skechers X Dr. Seuss
5) Skechers X Hello Kitty
(Video) Without A Doubt, Most Hospital’s Staffs Would Experience This Scary Situation
Working in a hospital would definitely be such an eye-opening experience for many people in this whole wide world. It does not matter if they are a new worker there or even someone who has been working there for a very long time already. This is because every day might be going to be unpredictable and they have to face new challenges and situations every now and then when they are working there. The experiences could be hilarious, stressful, or scary.
That is exactly what happens in this particular video that went viral on the TikTok app recently. This TikToker that goes by the name AyieTDF shared one of the scariest experiences that he ever had while he was working in a hospital. In the caption of the video that he stated, “Every hospital’s staff must have experienced this kind of situation, right?”.
In the posted video, the TikToker reacted back to the scary situation that he has experienced before. The situation that he experienced would be that he accidentally would accidentally bump into his colleague while he was walking in the hospital. When he greeted the person, the person would not respond and just walk by him casually without even looking at him. Then, when he reached his desired destination. He would once again meet the same person.
Looking at the comments section, a lot of other people have experienced the same situation and it was really scary.
Sources: TikTok AyieTDF.
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