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Mumbai comes alive on this birth day of Ganesh. Every neighbourhood has a small event planned. Large idols of Ganesh are immersed in the sea. For nearly one week, Mumbai is seized with the excitement of this festival.
April 13-14 Jodhpur
A festival of marital bliss observed by women. Both married and unmarried women attired in colourful clothes participate in this auspicious festival, walk carrying pots with water and grass & singing songs. More on Gangaur Festival
July 21 - 27
Montego Bay, Jamaica
It is to Jamaica that you should head for, to participate in the King of music festivals. It is here that the greatest Reggae show on Earth happens. The twin experience of the beautiful island of Montego Bay and the stirring music shall make you believe that you are in heaven!
July 26 - 28
Music madness simply. One of the largest electronically dance musical festival in the world happens here since 2005. This town is close to Antwerp. The very best of your preferred music genre is offered here such as house, progressive, techno, trance, heart style, electro, dub step, minimal or any other genre. www.tomorrowland.be
This day is the anniversary celebration of storming of the Bastille prison. All of France witnesses many official ceremonies. It was today that the modern France was born. The famous Champs-Elysees Avenue is host to the oldest and largest military parade. Celebrations culminate with the illumination of the night sky by the fireworks.
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
July 7 - as per the lunar calendar
Japan, Tohoku District
Frames of bamboo and wood are covered with paper that are beautifully illustrated with pictures of Samurai Warriors and personalities of historical importance. These frames are then eliminated by lamps from the inside. Thereafter these illuminated frames are positioned on yatai floats and cars then participate in the Aomori Nebuta parade.
July 19 - 28
Boryeong, South Korea
Boryeong is known for its healing mud. During this festival, tourists flock here to indulge in mud treatment/sports. Fully immerse yourself in the mud or enjoy mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the mud mega tub. Music and fireworks brings alive the beach in the evening. Special mud massage zones are arranged. If it interests you, then you could try the marine mud training course. www.visitkorea.or.kr
April 13 - 15
Water, scent and the Thai new year (lunar) together make this festival. This festival epitomises the best of the Thai culture. The culture of generosity, joy, warmth and respect. Throw water balloons, get hit by a water balloon in the water fight. Accompany your Thai friends to visit elders & monks to pay respect. In Chiang Mai, the tradition is to bathe Buddha for better luck and fortune. www.tourismthailand.org
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.
August 9 - 11
San Francisco, USA
The annual festival/event in San Francisco is an amalgamation of food, wine and music. It takes place in the historic Gate Park. You can expect to wittiness performances by the top artists of the day. www.sfoutsidelands.com
August 10 - 17
rock 'n' roll at full blast during this week, celebrating the anniversary of Elvis, King of Rock 'n' Roll. Innumerable Elvis impersonators abound here. Memphis is where Elvis Presley ate his last peanut butter and jelly sandwich in 1977. Elvis home, Graceland, is the venue for trivia treasure hunt, screening of classics, music film nights. Lots of Elvis memorabilia/mementos is available for sale here.
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.
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.