Friday, April 21, 2017

Festivals Around the World

Where To Go May 2017

Festivals are more than a day of celebration. They are living museums of culture and traditions. There are no better ways to understand a country than the events they proudly celebrate. Each one is uniquely expressed through music, film, food, or dance. Here is a list of upcoming festivals that we’d like to tell you about.  

Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) 

Location: Palais des Festivals, Cannes, Paris
Dates: Mid-to late May
All eyes turn to Cannes. France’s center of the cinematic universe, where more than 30,000 producers, distributors, directors, publicists and stars descend to buy, sell or promote more than 2000 films.

Festival of the Snakes (Processione dei Serpari)

Location: Cocullo, Italy
Date: First Thursday in May
One of Italy’s strangest festivals, the Processione dei Serpari is celebrated in the tiny Abruzzan
hamlet of Cocullo by adorning a statue of St Domenic, the protector against snake bites. People from all around the globe participate and embellish the statue with jewels, banknotes and live snakes. The statue is then carried through the village, leaving the villagers supposedly immune from snake bites for another year.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Location: Pak Tai Temple, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
Dates: Late April or early May
Unique to the Hong Kong, the Bun Festival is renowned for its rocket-shaped towers standing up to over 60 feet high and covered with sacred rolls. At midnight on the public holiday designated for Buddha’s birthday, competitors scramble up the towers, grabbing a bun for good luck. The higher the bun, the greater the fortune, so everyone tries to reach the top.

Land Diving (Naghol)

Location: Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Dates: Each Saturday through April and May
When the first yam crop emerges in early April on this South Pacific island of Pentecost, the southern islanders begin to build high wooden towers. Once completed, village men and boys dive from these rickety structures with only two vines attached to their ankles to break their fall. Yes, Naghol was the inspiration for bungee jumping.

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