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August 11 - 21
It is a parade to celebrate the arrival of the Buddha's tooth in the fifth century BC on the island. The tooth was smuggled in the hair of an Orissan Princess disguised as a Brahmin priest. The then King was so happy with this possession that he had it paraded through the city, for citizens to view it. Street processions happen with people attired in colourful costumes. The most energetic parade happens on the last night.
The setting is the open space of desert, the music is eclectic & the presence of mainstream musicians exciting at this one of the most anticipated music festivals in America. Its two weeks of intense musical pleasure sets one on a high for the rest of the year. Alternative acts and rock music form a great chunk of this Valley Music and Arts Festival. About 200,000 people visit this festival.
A festival that is focused on children and celebrated with great vigour in Ankara. Bring your kids here or even yourself with your inner child on display. In 1920, this day was declared as a state holiday after the fall of Ottoman Empire. Idea behind this holiday is that children are the future of the newly established nation. Children perform musicals and plays dressed up in special colourful costumes or the national costume.
April 12 - 20
A popular destination for book lovers since 2005, that brings in authors, celebrities, TV personalities, Hollywood stars. On offer are variety of writing events, creative reading, debates, poetry events, music events, workshops and discussions. The festival is held at the beautiful Mitchell Public Library (1911), an iconic Glasgow landmark.
April 14 - 15
Celebrated since the 16th century, this spring festival to pray for good harvest is centred on the Hie shrine. The shrine "mikoshi" makes its annual appearance & is paraded through the town. Tourists from world over come here to watch the intricately carved decorated floats (yatai), with resplendent drapes. These twinkling floats make for a beautiful sight in the night as they meander through the streets. www.jnto.go.jp/eng