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Upcoming Festivals In August Which Are A Must Visit

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Upcoming Festivals In August Which Are A Must Visit

Monsoons are around the corner and if you feel like stepping out, we’ve got a lot of festivals for you to try. Experience some thrill at the boat races in Kerala or get dirty, very dirty at ‘The Mud Rush’ held at Silvassa. One can also experience some traditional festivals across the country.

Here's a list of festivals which will force you to get out and start heading to it : 

 

1. The Mud Rush

Want a better way to spend your Monsoons? Check this out – The Mud Rush, an all-terrain marathon style fun run. The Mud Rush stretches across a more than five kilometer circuit with twenty one obstacles encompassing 30-foot stacks of hay, water bodies, barrier walls, 100 feet stretches of tires, 45 degree sloped hills, fire, ice, and, of course, a whole lot of Mud.

2. Nehru Boat Race

When August comes, the placid water of the Punnamada Lake becomes a track on fire. Magnificent snake boats compete for the prized trophy to commemorate the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru, to Alappuzha. The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is one of the most exciting races of the year. The rhythmic and the synchronized way of rowing the majestic snake boats make it a rare spectacle. 

3. Independence Day

Independence Day is a historic day of the celebration of India’s independence from the British rule. The Red Fort in Delhi is where the real action takes place where a flag hoisting ceremony is held along with cultural programmes. Kite flying is a tradition associated with Independence Day. The skies come to life on this day with colorful and tri-colour kites flying on rooftops.

4. Velankanni Church Feast

Every year from 29th August to 8th September, the Annual Feast Of Our Lady Of Health is celebrated in Velankanni, which is attended by an estimated 3 million people. Velankanni lies in the Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu and is home to one of the country’s biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres- Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, which attracts 20 million pilgrims from all over India and abroad.

                    

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Jaipur Literature Festival : The Greatest Literary Show on Earth

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Jaipur Literature Festival : The Greatest Literary Show on Earth

The Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest FREE literary festival. From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker winners to debut novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of authors from South Asia and across the world come together for five days of readings, debates and discussions at the beautiful Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital.  

Jaipur Literature Festival is one of the most celebrated literary festivals in India. In 2012, more than 100,000 people attended hundreds of sessions over the Festival’s five day duration. Next time, yet again, the fever of Gyaan is going to be back in the Pink City. Even if you are not culturally or intellectually inclined, there is still a lot that the fest has to offer.

Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, providing access for all to some of our greatest writers and thinkers along with a space to dare, dream and imagine; a powerful statement in a country where such opportunities remain the privilege of a few. 

Previous year, for the music buffs, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band and Rajasthani folk expression The Kutle Khan Project had performed on the opening day. For the paparazzi, English actor Rupert Everett, dancer Astad Deboo, sarpanch Chhavi Rajawat, actor Irrfan Khan, lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar, politician Manavendra Singh, sportsperson Mary Kom and lyricist Prasoon Joshi had also been a part of this festival.

Dates : 19th- 23rd January 2017

Venue :  Diggi Palace Hotel located in Sangram Colony, Ashok Nagar, which is just off M.I. Road and around 10 minutes walk from the Old City of Jaipur.

                    

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6 Outstanding South American Festivals One Must Visit

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6 Outstanding South American Festivals One Must Visit

Of all the continents in the world, it’s apparent South America’s people have the most innate penchant for parties of all kinds, from food fairs to music festivals and religious fetes, each is celebrated with passion, enthusiasm, and a rainbow of costumes. If you’re lucky enough to hit a festival, be sure to book well in advance–the secret has long been out and people literally flock to these fantastic fiestas.

Have a look to Some off-the-charts-wild yet easy going Festivals of South America: 

 

1. Semana Santa, Peru

Kicking off two days before Palm Sunday and celebrated for ten dynamic days until Easter Sunday arrives, Semana Santa is one of Peru’s most outstanding festivals. This religious fete is a hotel-filler and one of the best times to stay with a local family (Peru’s tourist office provides homestay options). The Friday kick-off starts with a parade honoring Our Lady of Sorrows (La Virgen de los Delores)–at this point consider standing out of the way: it’s customary to levy “sorrows” upon spectators by slingshot fitted with pebbles.

2. Tomorrowland -Sao Paulo, Brazil

Tomorrowland is an extension of an electronic dance music (EDM) festival stemming from Boom, Belgium, also one of the world’s biggest and one that’s been happening annually since 2005. Tomorrowland has stepped into South American terrain–where it’s evident crowds can’t get enough–bringing in some of the best Djs to Sao Paulo in the first week of May over three days solid.

3. Mendoza Wine Harvest Festival

Since 1936, the Mendoza Wine Harvest Festival (Fiesta National de la Vendimia) has been uniting wine growers, vineyard hands, locals, and thousands of visitors in a spectacular show of love for the Cuyo region and the incredible wines it produces. Starting off the first weekend of March, the region’s bumper harvest is celebrated famously with wine, food, music, and innumerable special events.  Concerts, parades, fireworks, and general merrymaking create a definitive carnival-esque atmosphere under blue skies and starry nights. 

4. Corpus Christi Festival, Ecuador

Ecuador has long been recognized for enduring indigenous traditions including numerous festivals throughout the year. In the small town of Pujili, the  Corpus Christi Festival happens in the second week of June, welcoming thousands of Ecuadorians for a fete blending the commemoration of both harvest to Incan Sun God Inti and Holy Communion. Food, art, folk and regional dance, and music are intrinsic parts of the festival and culminate following a days-long fiesta in the El Danzante parade where traditional clothing and costumes come together in a kaleidoscopic exhibition.

5. Tango Festival -Buenos Aires, Argentina

Precision, tempo, elaborate clothing, and most of all passion rise to crescendo during the Tango Festival in Buenos Aires, one of the most famous dance festivals in the world and one for both pros and the keenly interested but inexperienced. The Tango Festival starts with a series of recitals and shows called La Festival; there are film screenings and lessons city-wide. Then comes the main event: the Tango Championships. During the celebrations, there’s a must-see event at the massive, alfresco milonga (tango hall) where more than 10,000 dancers (tangueros) careen across Buenos Aires’ cobblestone streets.

6. Carnival -Brazil, Columbia & Uruguay

Carnival is celebrated throughout South America in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, and Columbia but the Brazilians undoubtedly celebrate with the most passion. Prior to the onset of Lent, numerous Argentinian towns celebrate Mardi Gras but no one seems to do it quite as well as it’s done in Rio de Janeiro where a phenomenal party takes place. In Salvador, flatbeds called blocos, fitted with pumping sound systems drive music bands around the city for a full-on, three-day party to end all parties.

Are You Still Waiting? Start Packing Your Bags!

                    

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France For Beginners - Where To Go And What To Do

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France For Beginners - Where To Go And What To Do

France is the world's top tourist destination and for good reason.There's a lot packed into just one country- artistic and architectural masterpieces, remarkable museums and natural landscapes,and a history harking back far beyond the Romans. Top it off with fine wine, food and a culinary culture that permeates through every city and small town, and the only hard part is deciding where to go first.

 

1. Paris

France’s chic, sexy capital has to be experienced at least once. Mix picture-postcard icons with simple Parisian moments and you'll truly fall in love with the city. Scale the Eiffel Tower then walk or cycle along the Seine, or cruise down it on a bateau-mouche (bateaux-mouches.fr). Venerate Notre Dame then grab a post-cathedral café atCafé Saint-Régis, ice-cream at Berthillon or super juice at literary café of mythical bookshop Shakespeare & Company. Hit the Louvre then collapse on a bench with a Pierre Hermé macaron in the Tuileries orPalais Royal gardens. Delve into hilltop Montmartre with a local Paris Greeter (greeters.paris). Escape to posh leafy Versailles and come back blown away by France’s most famous chateau.

2. Loire Valley

Stunning châteaux are scattered around the lush Loire Valley. Stand in awe of the Renaissance supertanker of a castle Château de Chambord, and graceful Château de Chenonceau astride the Cher River. Château de Blois with its whistle-stop tour of French architecture, and classicalChâteau de Cheverny where the spectacle of the dogs having dinner steals the show, is the perfect one-day combo. In summer put the gardens at Château de Villandry and Château d’Azay-le-Rideau after dark on your hit list. Base yourself in Tours, Blois or Amboise; hire a bike to pedal along the Loire riverbanks at least once; and try to catch ason-et-lumière (sound-and-light) show.

3. French Riviera

This strip of seashore on the big blue Med has it all – hence half the world crowding it out in summer. The seaside town of Nice is the queen of the Riviera with its cutting-edge art museums, belle époque architecture, pebble beaches and legendary promenade. Glitzy day trips trail film stars in Cannes, Formula One drivers in Monaco, and hobnobbing celebs ‘n socialites in St-Tropez. Sensational coastal views make the drive along the three coastal roads from Nice to Menton an absolute must. Otherwise, grab your hiking boots and stride out in the fiery Massif de l’Estérel for brilliant red-rock mountain scenery.

4.  Provence

Check all devices are fully charged: the extraordinary light and landscape in this part of France’s south demands constant snapping and sharing. Start with Marseille, a millennia-old port with striking museums such as the MuCEM and coastline straight off a film set. Inland, zoom in on glorious Roman amphitheatres and aqueducts inNîmes, Orange and at the Pont du Gard. Drive past lavender fields and cherry orchards to hilltop villages and food markets in the bucolic Luberon and Vaucluse regions. No lens is large enough for the peak ofMont Ventoux (a cyclist's paradise) or the Gorges du Verdon, Europe’s deepest canyon with 800m sheer-drop cliffs and startling emerald green water, no filter required.

5.  Champagne

This sparkling viticulture region in northern France is all class. Where else can you sip Champers in centuries-old cellars and taste your way through vineyards and medieval villages straight out of a Renoir painting? Stay in Reims (pronounced something similar to ‘rance’) or Épernay to visit Pommery, Mumm, Moët & Chandon and other big-name Champagne houses. In Reims, pick a clear day to scale the tower of the cathedral where dozens of French kings were crowned. From both towns, scenic Champagne driving routes thrust motorists into the heart of this intoxicating region.

6.  Brittany & Normandy

A wind-buffeted part of northern France, Brittany & Normandy was created especially for outdoor fiends and history buffs with sensational seafood, cliff-top walks, a craggy coastline and ancient sights steeped in lore and legend. Top billing is Mont St-Michel, a magical mysterious abbey-island, best approached barefoot across the sand. Or grab a bicycle and toot your horn at the Carnac megaliths strewn along Brittany’s southern coast (wear a windbreaker). Normandy’s time-travel masterpiece is the Bayeux tapestry but it's the heart-wrenching D-Day beaches and WWII war cemeteries nearby that will really take you back to a moment in history.

*Starts Packing Bags*

                    

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Goa Carnival Festival 2016

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Goa Carnival Festival 2016

This carnival cum festival was first started in Goa in the year 1961. It was initially celebrated by King Momo, one of the legendary Chaos kings of the state and is one of the Portuguese festivals. Since the state has experienced the reign of different Portuguese rulers for more than 500 years, this festival reflects some of the Portuguese lifestyle.

However, nowadays, people from different caste and creed celebrate as well as participate in this carnival. This Goan festival has derived its meaning from the Latin word 'Carnival', which means 'to throw away meat'. Thus, one of the strict rules of this important festival of Goa is to refrain from meat during the carnival days. Generally stretching for 3 days to 4 days in a year, this carnival is one of the eagerly awaited Goan festivals. In the earlier days, the festival was celebrated solely by the locals of the state but presently, apart from breaking the frontiers of the state, this carnival of Goa attracts many people from different parts of India as well as across the globe.

The different kinds of celebrations in the Goa Carnival include singing, dancing, drinking, feasting and various other types of merry making. All major streets of the state become lively with the graceful dances, strumming of guitars, lively processions and many more. Apart from the non-stop festivity, the streets are decorated with vibrant colors and floats.

The celebrations of Goa carnival are not just restricted to the day time. A number of acrobats, brass bands, clowns, dancers, fire eaters, jesters etc. are seen to be performing in the streets of some of the major cities of Goa. The celebrations are carried on throughout the nights of those festival days. A huge amount of zest and zeal are seen among the crowd during this state carnival. Dominated by lots of fun and enjoyment, a niche has been carved with a unique characteristic charm.

 

Being a blend of the local as well as the Portuguese culture, this Goa Carnival is known for spreading joy and happiness. Doses of Feni along with the different kinds of sumptuous local food just add on to the fun of the carnival.

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