19 Jan Most Exciting Global Festivals
Every year, colorful and exciting festivals all over the globe are waiting for your participation. Be sure to travel to these countries this year!
when: 23 March 2016
Where: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other Hindu Regions
Cost: Free, prices of Holi-inspired events vary
Holi is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with other communities outside Asia. At this Hindu-Festival people celebrate the victory of the good over the bad and the beginning of the spring.
The special feature is that the people paint themselves with various colours and throw colourful powder in the air to express the freedom and to colour their everyday life. On this day all castes of the indian caste-system are nullified and put out of force – all people are supposed to be equal. This is where the idea to bring this festival to the rest of the world come from.
A number of Holi-inspired social events have also surfaced, particularly in Europe and the United States, often organized by companies as for-profit or charity events with paid admission, and with varying scheduling that does not coincide with the actual Holi festival.
These have included Holi-inspired music festivals such as the Festival Of Colours Tour and Holi One (which feature timed throws of Holi powder), and 5K run franchises such as The Color Run and Colour Me Rad, in which participants are doused with the powder at per-kilometre checkpoints.
For an authentic Indian celebration, the details for accommodation are below.
Where to Stay:
The Leela Palace New Dehli
Address: Chanakyapuri, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, 110 023 India
The Leela Palace New Delhi represents the magnificent architecture, grace and elegance of Lutyen’s Delhi. Experience luxury of oversized suites and guestrooms of 550 sq. ft. and above, equipped with the latest technology. Dine at any one of the many über chic restaurants and rejuvenate at an exclusive spa by ESPA.
CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA
When: 7 February 2016
Where: Venice, Italy
Cost: Free, Banquets are priced at EUR 400 (approx SGD 627)
From January 23 – February 9, 2016, Venice will slough off the winter gloom and burst into life. During the Carnival (Carnevale), this most magical of cities fills with a mass of masked party-goers – posing and preening, dancing and philandering, in a slightly surreal re-invention of a great tradition of the city. Carnival will reveal exactly what Venice, in its party prime was all about. It is a unique occasion, and a great time to see the city in a new and exciting light.
Today, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for the Carnival. One of the most important events is the contest for the most beautiful mask placed at the last weekend of the Carnival and judged by a panel of international costume and fashion designers.
Where To Stay:
Hotel Gritti Palace
Address: Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, Venice, 30124 Italy
Directly overlooking the Grand Canal, the Palace of the Doge Gritti is now one of the most celebrated hotels in the world. The Hotel Gritti Palace continues to attract elite guests, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive service, and the savoury cuisine of the Restaurant Club del Doge. Ernest Hemingway once appreciated the hotel “as the best hotel in a city of great hotels.” The Hotel Gritti Palace is a splendid little Palazzo that preserves within its walls stories of illustrious visitors such as the British Royal Family, the Duke of Windsor, Princes of Monaco, and Hollywood Stars.
When: 22-24 July 2016
Where: Boom, Belgium
Cost: EUR 1000 (approx SGD 1568) including lodging, food, and transport
Tomorrowland is the “epicentre of Electronic Dance Music”, and has quickly grown to become the world’s largest electronic dance music (EDM) festival.
Consistently reinventing the rules of what makes the perfect electronic music festival, Tomorrowland is the ultimate experience of extravagant stages with an equally decadent lineup unmatchable by other EDM events.
Globally celebrated DJs, producers and artists take over Boom in Belgium with 15 marvellous stages of magic, with past decorations ranging from active volcanoes to explosive butterflies.
From techno to minimal, all flavours of electronica are to be tasted, with a site design that feels like you have stepped into another world of endless possibilities.
Selling out almost instantly every year, thousands of dedicated electronic music fans journey from all corners of the world to fulfil their dreams of the definitive music festival escape.
Where to Stay:
TYRP by Wyndham Antwerp
Address: Plantin & Moretuslei 136 – 140 – Antwerp, 2018, Belgium
Sir Plantin Hotel, now known as the TRYP by Wyndham Antwerp is a trendy hotel located in the heart of Antwerp, just a stone’s throw away from several restaurants and pubs. The comfortable and stylish rooms feature a city or a courtyard view
HARBIN ICE FESTIVAL
When: 5 Jan – 25 Feb 2016
Where: Harbin. China
Cost: RMB 720 (approx SGD 157) for all exhibitions
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, and now is the largest ice and snow festival in the world.
Set in Harbin’s coldest months, this festival features breathtaking temporary works of art, all created with ice from the Songhua River.
At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become an international festival and competition. The Ice festival consists of 3 venues, each of the three venues have different ticket prices and hours:
Sun Island Scenic Area: only displays snow sculptures that can be only visited during daytime.
The Ice and Snow World: displays ice sculptures of huge scale such as palace buildings, the Great Wall of China etc. It is best visited when they are colourfully lit at night.
Zhaolin Park: More than 1,000 ice sculptures are displayed such as internally illuminated ice lanterns, and magical figures, and animals that are loved by children. There are interesting activities that kids may enjoy such as ice slides.
Where to stay:
Wanda Realm Harbin
Address: 158 Zhongxing Ave, Nangang, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Wanda Realm Harbin has a superior geographical position . The hotel is located in the bustling business commercial and entertainment center, with easy access to the Wanda Shopping Mall. The hotel has 345 rooms including deluxe rooms, executive deluxe rooms, and Presidential suite. All rooms have unique “Bed of Realm”, “Dream Catcher”, separate bathtubs and rain showers and a series of luxurious hotel supplies.
When: 9 February 2016
Where: New Orleans, USA
Cost: Prices start from USD5 (approx SGD 7)
Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement. It’s one big holiday in New Orleans! A parade like no other, Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds – the most common throws are strings of colourful plastic beads, doubloons decorated plastic throw cups, Moonpies, and small inexpensive toys.
Revellers know to wear costumes or at least dress in purple, green, and gold, and adorn themselves with long beads caught from the floats of previous parades. You’ll see a lot of crazy costumes, kids with their families are everywhere, and both locals and visitors having a great time.
Parade goers will sit on the ground, throw balls, play music, eat great food and watch the crowds walk by between parades. On Mardi Gras day, the majority of non-essential businesses are shut down because of the celebration.
Experienced revellers know to bring a large bag with them so they can haul away all the beads and trinkets they will catch from the parades!
Where to Stay:
Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans Convention Center
Address: 1201 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center hotel overlooks the New Orleans Convention Center and is an elegant place to stay whether on business or on vacation. A historical and sophisticated lobby greets guests at the Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center, emulating the feel of the surrounding area. This boutique-style hotel is partly housed in a historic converted warehouse.
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
When: 15-24 APRIL 2016
Where: Indio, California
Price: Tickets start from USD 375 (approx SGD 540), total expenditure including food and lodging: ~ USD1000 (approx SGD 1440)
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures.
Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The festival is currently held on consecutive three-day weekends in April, with each weekend having identical lineups.
Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. Notable past appearances include: AC/DC, Amy Winehouse, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Prince, Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire, Wu-Tang Clan, Coldplay, The Killers, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Madonna, The Cure, Kanye West, Eminem, Gorillaz, The Black Keys, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Muse, Florence and the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foo Fighters. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States.
Where to stay:
The Chateau at Lake La Quinta
Address: Caleo Bay, La Quinta, CA 92253, United States
Designed in the spirit of a French manor, the sophisticated retreat features sweeping lakefront views framed by swaying palms and the majestic San Jacinto Mountains.
The Chateau at Lake La Quinta brings Old World charm to the California Desert. The chic boutique property encompasses an array of private suites and bungalows, all offering sweeping views of Lake La Quinta. With artfully curated comfortable furnishings, beautiful rolling grounds, swaying palms and thoughtful amenities including a 24-hour pool, The Chateau at Lake La Quinta offers a calm lakeside retreat that feels worlds away.