5 countries 5 epic festivals you must go to

Are you tired of the same old festivals? I bet you will love what I bring you today: 5 countries and 5 epic festivals that you have to go to at least once in your life!

The festivals you will see here are not just ordinary ones. You will find 5 festivals, 5 countries, and 5 cultures. Erasmusu is all about culture shock, and that's what we like the most. You'll be amazed by the cultures and charms of countries on the other side of the world!

Holi Festival: India

5 countries 5 epic festivals you must go to

Save the date, because you have a date to keep in India! You'll find colours, colours and more colours suspended all over the city, in a pitched battle to see who can throw the most of Gulal, the colourful powder so characteristic of these festivities.

This popular Hindu tradition, which dates back centuries, is celebrated for two days during the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month Phalguna. It represents the victory of good over evil, along with the arrival of spring and the departure of winter. The festival originated with their god Vishnu, and represents the purest essence of the victory of good over evil. However, after years and years of celebration, what predominates is the desire to have a great time, to enjoy, and to end up with colors up to the eyebrows!

The celebration begins with the lighting of the bonfire on the first day, when people dance and sing to the beat of the drums, celebrating the defeat of evil. The next day is when everyone celebrates the victory. In order to enjoy this experience to the fullest, what will you need? Gulal powder of all colors, old clothes, and a desire to have fun and laugh with the locals.

Day of the Dead: Mexico

5 countries 5 epic festivals you must go to

Do you have something to do on November 1st and 2nd? Now you do! I don't know if you've seen Coco, but if you haven't, I recommend you getting your tissues ready. Without a doubt, Mexico knows how to move us with its passionate way of celebrating this day. In your country, it may be common to go to the cemetery during these days and pay to visit those who are no longer with us, or maybe

you just don't give much importance, but in Mexico, it's a different story!

The meaning of the Day of the Dead in Mexico goes far beyond the end of life. We could say that death has a special and peculiar meaning in Mexican culture. The Mexicans celebrate for 2 days the souls of the deceased returning with their friends and family, so they prepare altars with offerings, candles, and incense to welcome their loved ones.

Traveling to Mexico on these dates can be a real adventure, so I recommend that you prepare everything in advance and look for good travel insurance to avoid last-minute surprises.

Experiencing the Day of the Dead in Mexico will undoubtedly give you another perspective on life, but especially on death, a more joyful, banal and indeed fun one. Celebrate this day among folkloric costumes, skulls and flowers!

Rio de Janeiro Carnival: Brazil

5 countries 5 epic festivals you must go to

Does rhythm run through your veins? Why haven't you been to Rio de Janeiro yet? Rio de Janeiro Carnival is known as the Mecca and the birthplace of these parties worldwide. This makes it one of the events that you should not miss at least once in your life.

Whether you have experienced carnival in your city before or have participated in carnival parades in other cities, you will be blown away by the grandeur of the event that takes place in Brazil every year. It is usually celebrated between February and March, starting on the first day of Lent and ending on Ash Wednesday - it is a pagan celebration without any connection to religion except the date on which it is celebrated.

Are you up for 6 days of pure fun? The colourful parades and floats will take your breath away. You will enjoy loud music, allowing you to dance with your friends. Dance to the rhythm of the samba!

Oktoberfest: Germany

5 countries 5 epic festivals you must go to

Let's go for the beer! It's no secret there are cities where Oktoberfest is celebrated every year, but the true and unique beer festival is held in Munich every year for 16 or 17 days, starting in mid-September and always ending on the first Sunday of October.

Are you salivating yet? I am! Theresienwiese (meaning "Therese meadow") is dotted with hundreds of stalls and bars. On the outskirts of Munich, it has more than enough space to accommodate about 6 to 7 million visitors per year, who are offered abundant entertainment, beer and food. Paradise!

You will be able to enjoy Munich in all its essence, tasting beers brewed exclusively in Munich and witnessing the naming of the winning "Oktoberfest beer". You'll also have fun on the rides and enjoy folklore shows, the charm of traditional German costumes and, of course, the authentic essence of German beer under the festival tents.

If you do not want to miss this Oktoberfest 2022 Munich, which is undoubtedly one of the most famous festivals in the world, find accommodation in Munich from September 17th to October 3rd!

Fallas of Valencia: Spain

For those who love thrills, explosions and firework displays, we present the Fallas of Valencia! Las Fallas is a Spanish festival that takes place in Valencia, the capital of the Valencian Community in Spain. It has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mascletás, the ninots, the fallera costumes and the fireworks are the main protagonists of the Valencian capital for almost 3 weeks, where besides enjoying the sound of the mascletás, the falleros and falleras organise open-air dances next to their fallas to celebrate and enjoy with their loved-ones. Impossible to get bored!

Every neighbourhood in Valencia has its own falla, in which the fallero artists depict everything from popular personalities and politicians to comic characters. The subject matter can be pure satire, or it can even focus on more specific or artistic themes. I assure you that the level of the details will leave you speechless. Each neighbourhood also has a children's falla, in which the children take part to perpetuate the tradition.

Watch closely and enjoy the incredible details of the ninots while you can, because they will eventually end up in flames! The 19th of March ends Fallas celebrations with the burning of monuments, except for those which have been pardoned by the public, which will be taken to the Fallas Museum.

What about you? Have you decided which festival to start with?

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