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What is the most popular festival/carnival in your town or country ?

Please share the most popular festival/carnival in your town or country. Please also add what makes it unique & attractive.

Please also share the history of it if possible.

  • Nov 5 2011: This is the largest and most beautiful festival in the world. There are more than twenty groups of samba schools, each with approximately 1500 to 2000 participants, divided into wards. Each school represents a neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, and each year different themes are presented for each samba school. The most beautiful and sexy Brazilian women come in large specially designed cars. The batteries are made up of 200 components. Well, that's it. Enjoy!

    ps.: this time the heat of Rio de Janeiro is about 35 ° to 40 ° C. Take a look at Google.
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      Nov 6 2011: Sergio thanks. No problem with the heat i will manage it ,but i wont be able manage heat of sexy women?
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    Nov 5 2011: I live in a small rurban town in Oregon, US. Two of the most popular celebrations unique to our town are:
    **Alien Days-The festival began as a way to honor the famous 1950 Trent sighting in which two local citizens witnessed and photographed a UFO, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date.
    **Turkey Rama-The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county—the turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on
  • Nov 5 2011: I am from Pakistan and perhaps the most celebrated festival here is Eid. This festival is a celebration of the ending of the month of Ramadan during which all Muslims fast and stretches over three days.

    This is one of the few days when everyone forgets racism, and all other types of discrimination and is in the mood of celebration :)

    The basic concept of this festival is for everyone to forget worldly vendettas and to come together and celebrate their existence and thank God for every blessing. We usually go to meet our relatives, friends and other people. Before Eid we give the poor new clothes and stuff so all of us can equally celebrate and share the happiness.

    Perhaps the best part of the Eid for us is the concept of 'Eidee'. This is some amount of money that adults give to their own and other children. Children consider this their right and it is quite fun convincing adults to give them more Eidee. The adults equally enjoy when children pursue collecting the most eidee :p

    We have grand parties at relatives and friends and we give presents to each others. So personally I think this is the best festival in Pakistan where there is so much fun in it! :)
  • Nov 5 2011: Rio de Janeiro Carnival - Brazil - 2012 dates: February 17th until February 21st. You're welcome!
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      Nov 5 2011: Thanks but what is unique about it?
  • Nov 5 2011: I am from India and I must say the most important festival and also the most celebrated festival in my country is Diwali - Festival Of Lights. A billion people burst fireworks, light candles and Diyas, Eat Sweets and get together. Families meet each other and celebrate, they also forgive and forget any wrongdoings that might have happen during the year. It is a festival which was started with the coming home of Lord Rama from 14 years of Exile more then 2500 years ago. Its the biggest festival in not only India but for all the Indian across the world
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      Nov 7 2011: Yeah I watch indian tv. I think Diwali was last week?
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    Nov 3 2011: The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. It's an amazing cultural, music and poetry festival with people from all walks of life, from cultures all over the world. It celebrates life on the land.
    http://www.westernfolklife.org/National-Cowboy-Poetry-Gathering-General-Info/national-cowboy-poetry-gathering-home-page.html
  • Nov 3 2011: Absolutely Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The largest music-festival in the nordic countries!
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    Nov 3 2011: Is Called FALLAS. Started as a farm, carpenter issue. Every year they packed together the wasting material and woods and fired them. It started to get more complex over the years so they decided to become creative and do all kind of satues and figures, that basicly turned out to scene a critic for society and goberment.
    Figures can get over 10 meters, even 20 in some cases, people dress in fancy clothes and trow lots of fireworks.

    With time wood was replaced by other cheaper materials that make a horrible black smoke. i think is one of those things in a culture that has to change, cos its a waste of money and it pollutes the air. Maybe they have to modernise the party, but people have it hard to change a tradition.
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    Oct 31 2011: I live in the Niagara Region of Canada. We have the Grape and Wine festival that happens every September and it is a community wide event that happens for two weekends and the week they encompass. It is a lot of fun and in includes a lot of multicultural activities as not just wineries participate but many events are led by multicultural groups.
    The last one was the 60th annual event and I am attaching an application form if you might wish to be part of the parade!!
    http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/files/60th_Niagara_Wine_Festival_Grande_Parade_Guidelines_and_Application_F.pdf
  • Oct 30 2011: Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup Day. The horse race that stops a nation. Australians all over the country of every age and from every walk of life have the day of from work or are glued to their television sets to watch The Cup. Melbourne Cup day is fixed for the first Tuesday in November. The race is recognised as one of the worlds greatest handicap races. It is held in Flemington a suburb of Melbourne named after a butcher who once lived there ! The first cup was run in 1861. Archer, the first horse to win the race had walked to Melbourne from Nowra in New south Wales, a distance of 500 miles (8ookm) The race is 3200mtrs. 2miles. Check it out.
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      Oct 31 2011: Marleen, Thank you for sharing this festival. Please also share the links of web shall you have any.
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    Oct 28 2011: I don't know if it's the most popular to anyone else in town, but to me the best is the Peanut Festival, where I get to buy bags and bags of Sunland peanuts, and buckets of Sunland peanut butter, grown right here in Portales, New Mexico, 100% organic and 100% delicious! I love the fact that I have to stir the peanut butter to mix the oil in, and when it's stirred up you can just pour it out onto bread or crackers, or dip celery or carrots into it, or just spoon it up and eat it like that. Sunland peanut butter has just one ingredient: peanuts. Plus at the festival there are always crafts to be bought- I got a beautiful bolo tie and a cool wooden frog that croaks when you rub this little bat across his back.
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    Oct 26 2011: There are many where I live but the most popular is the Notting Hill carnival started by West Indian immigrants in 1956, its normally attended by a million people over days
  • Oct 24 2011: Where I live, two big events come to mind!

    The first is "Attack of Danger Bay" which is held on the May long weekend, and it began as a small competition for downhill longboarders, the brain child of one of many longboarders here on the Coast. Today, nearly ten years later, it's actually the largest downhill longboarding competition in Canada and possibly even North America, though I'm not sure. Longboarders come from all corners of the world to compete for the huge cash prizes and it's just become a massive event and we all love it! It's not exactly a festival but it is a big part of our town; longboarders are absolutely everywhere. It's a big part of the culture here.
    http://www.coastlongboarding.com/dangerbay.cfm

    The second is the Pender Harbour Jazz Fest, which I personally am not very involved in and don't know loads about (age gap!) but it is still a big deal around here and swarms of people come to our little town for it.
    http://www.penderharbourmusic.ca/jazz_musicians.htm
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      Oct 26 2011: Hi Mira, Thank you for sharing this beautiful event. I liked it a lot.
  • Oct 23 2011: Festivale Internationale is the most popular in my city and is among the most popular in our state. I live in Lafayette, LA.

    This is a festival that celebrates the rich variety in cultures of our local area by bringing in people from all over the world with music, dance, food, and art.

    For more info visit:

    http://www.festivalinternational.com

    or on Facebook at:

    http://www.facebook.com/festivalinternational
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      Oct 25 2011: Hi Jessica, Thank you for sharing the festival. It is beautiful.
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    Oct 21 2011: I would say the Taste of Chicago is pretty big.
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      Oct 23 2011: Thanks but what is unique about it? Can u explain?
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        Oct 24 2011: I'd say the contribution of many cultures coming together in one big event to accept each other's culture and backgrounds. I say that is a big thing for Chicago since it can be very racist and segregated.
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    Oct 21 2011: In Fredericton, NB Canada the biggest and best Festival is www.harvestjazzandblues.com - it's 6 days when our entire community walks the streets, everybody smiles and electricity is in the air - you should all come on up, or over or down...
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      Oct 22 2011: Thank you Scott. It is a beautiful one.
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    Oct 21 2011: Oregon Country Fair the granddaddy of alternative fairs in the Pacific Northwest. Among many accolades it boasts more painted boobs and didgeridoos per capita than anywhere on earth. Other draws includes 10 music stages, community village and energy park and all hand made or hand gathered crafts. Hippies of the world unite at the Oregon Country Fair, second weekend in July every year since 1969 just north of Veneta and Crow.
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      Oct 23 2011: Thanks for sharing. It is great.
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    Oct 21 2011: One of the most favorite and funny festival that all Armenians love is Vardavar, during which people of all ages (no matter the age, gender, or public position) drench each other with water.

    The word "vardavar" has two interpretations based on which of two pagan goddesses were worshipped: Astgheek or Anaheet. Astgheek (the Armenian equivalent of Greece's Aphrodite) was the goddess of love and beauty. Since "vard" means "rose" in Armenian, a correlation was made between this holiday and Astgheek. According to legend, her beloved Vahagn (another Armenian pagan god) was once injured in a struggle with evil. She rushed barefoot to his aid. On the way, she hurt her feet while treading over the roses and her blood turned them red. This is how red roses came into being: the flower of love was born. She had her temple, where young and old alike would go on pilgrimage to praise her, sing songs, and offer bouquets of flowers and other gifts.

    On the other hand, Anaheet was the goddess of "purity, kindness, nurturing, temperance, fertility, wealth, and fullness". She was identified with water, as a cleansing and purifying agent. In the ancient Hittite language "ooard" meant "water" and "ar" "to wash". These were related to Anaheet's celebration.
    The essence of the rituals is splashing with water. On that day, water is considered to be curative and powerful. It is used to divine and foretell the future. It was superstitiously believed to be a means of driving away evil. The accompanying traditional songs, dances, and games were supplications to the gods to give water to the dry earth. People would present roses to each other and loving couples would set pigeons free. If the pigeon flew over the young girl's roof three times then it was an omen that the man would marry the girl in the fall.
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      Oct 21 2011: Hi Ani. Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful carnival. Can you also tell us about its dates ?
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    Oct 21 2011: The Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest free music, dance, and arts festival in the United States. It brings together music and dance groups from around the region and world, as well as craftspeople for four days on the grounds of Seattle Center, the former site of a World's Fair. There are live performances, workshops, sing-alongs, a Roadhouse for contra dancing and English country dancing, storytelling exhibitions, crafts exhibitions, and an Uncommon Market with crafts goods from all over the world. There is a blue-grass hill for fiddles and washboards, street musicians
    (anyone can bring an instrument and open a hat), jugglers, mimes, limbo kings, dogs, people of all generations, food stands...
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      Oct 26 2011: Fritzie, Though very late but thank you for sharing the festival. Can you also share with us the dates ?
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    Oct 20 2011: Coney Island...Brooklyn, New York

    All year round but especially in the summer. it is the one and only.
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    Oct 20 2011: The true/false documentary film festival is here in Columbia, Missouri.
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      Oct 22 2011: Hi Cale,

      It looks a beautiful one. Can yo share some more information what is unique about it.
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        Oct 22 2011: I'll quote the website (truefalse.org) here,

        "The True/False Film Fest returns for its eighth edition March 3-6, 2011. The festival highlights innovative work with a cinematic scope, creative takes on contemporary currents, and most of all work that provokes dialogue about its subject and the documentary form itself.

        For four days, downtown Columbia, Missouri is transformed into a small-town Midwestern utopia. Most films come freshly discovered from Sundance, Toronto and other festivals, others appear mysteriously before their official premieres elsewhere. Sandwiched between the nonstop movies, we throw parties, host debates and field trips, and challenge local filmmakers to reimagine the possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking. The main venues are the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, the Blue Note, the two-screen Ragtag Cinema, the Forrest Theater at the Tiger Ballroom, the brand-new Globe Theater (at the Presbyterian Church next to Ragtag) as well as Stephens College's Windsor Auditorium, the Hive (formerly Charters Auditorium) and the Eero Saarinen-designed Chapel."
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          Oct 23 2011: Thank you Cale. It is beautiful.
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    Oct 20 2011: I love your question and hope to hear about the festivals around the world!

    My favorite festival is the Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado . . . the music generally wows me and the setting is beautiful in the mountains of Colorado. As well, there's camping and campfire jamming. People bring banners to mark their campsites. There's dancing and picnicing. But mostly it's the great music.

    The following link is a YouTube I took of the festival this fall if you'd like to take a peek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzLWNLCAHTc
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      Oct 21 2011: thank you Lynn. It is a beautiful festival. Do you know when is the next festival ?
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        Oct 21 2011: Here's the link for information about the festival: http://www.folkwest.com/

        I would tell you about the Winnipeg Folk Festival which is much bigger and quite wonderful, too, but I'm thinking someone from Canada will do that.
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      Oct 21 2011: I love Jazz. Can you provide some more information ? like when it starts, where people gather to play & etc ?
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          Oct 22 2011: It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing the link.
  • Nov 6 2011: Dear Rafi, the Rio de Janeiro, especially during Carnival, heats of truth in every way. Very samba (all day), very, very hot, lots of beach, many, many beautiful women, lots of caipirinha, a lot of talk, finally, four days of the biggest party of the pagan world. Ready to reserve your place, because the city is completely full. Finally, do not worry about the heat of the women in Rio. They are (mostly) harmless.
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    Nov 6 2011: Hi Rafi, UFO stands for "Unidentified Flying Object". A term used for flying saucers or alien spacecrafts. :)
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    Nov 5 2011: Hi everyone
    I am Mohamed Gamal from Egypt ,Actually we have many festivals in my country but the most famous festival is Korba ih Heliopolis , Cairo ,Egypt . In this day people have fun and enjoy music and songs with band .people can make car race , play games it started from 2 p.m untill 10 p.m anually
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    Nov 2 2011: I think it is Detva - a traditional festival of folklore

    http://youtu.be/8B4WxqtS6RY

    http://www.slovakia.culturalprofiles.net/?id=6536
  • Oct 31 2011: Rafi. the only link I could find was www.cupinfo.com.au
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    Oct 29 2011: In Goa, the Carnival is a huge event. Earlier the carnival used to be called Intruz. The carnival happens in different parts of Goa- over three days in February. The largest celebration takes place in Panaji.
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      Oct 29 2011: Hi Ankur,

      I,m going to India on December & I will size the opportunity to visit Goa as well. Can you share what are the best places within Goa & activities preformed in the carnival ?
  • Oct 22 2011: Canada Day - for sure.

    It's the only day when the entire downtown is filled with people, roads are blocked off to cars. The Government pays for free music performances and fireworks. There is something for everyone, and everyone is happy to have the day off and go celebrate with others.
  • Oct 21 2011: The most popular in my country (Brasil) is carnaval.
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      Oct 21 2011: Hi Maria, Can you elaborate what is the history behind this festival & what is unique about it ?
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    Oct 21 2011: Sure, Armenians celebrate Vardavar on 98th day (14 weeks) after Easter. This year it was celebrated on 31 July, 2011.
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      Oct 21 2011: Can you tell us what Vardavar is and what you celebrate and how?
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        Oct 21 2011: Frans Kellner, by this comment I should reply Rafi Amin. May be because of technical problems my comment appeared here. But I'll repeat with pleasure, because Vardavar is on of my favorite festival.

        During Vardavar people of all ages (no matter the age, gender, or public position) drench each other with water. The word "vardavar" has two interpretations based on which of two pagan goddesses were worshipped: Astgheek or Anaheet. 1. Astgheek (the Armenian equivalent of Greece's Aphrodite) was the goddess of love and beauty. Since "vard" means "rose" in Armenian, a correlation was made between this holiday and Astgheek. According to legend, her beloved Vahagn (another Armenian pagan god) was once injured in a struggle with evil. She rushed barefoot to his aid. On the way, she hurt her feet while treading over the roses and her blood turned them red. This is how red roses came into being: the flower of love was born. She had her temple, where young and old alike would go on pilgrimage to praise her, sing songs, and offer bouquets of flowers and other gifts.2. Anaheet was the goddess of "purity, kindness, nurturing, temperance, fertility, wealth, and fullness". She was identified with water, as a cleansing and purifying agent. In the ancient Hittite language "ooard" meant "water" and "ar" "to wash". These were related to Anaheet's celebration. The essence of the rituals is splashing with water. On that day, water is considered to be curative and powerful. It is used to divine and foretell the future. It was superstitiously believed to be a means of driving away evil. The accompanying traditional songs, dances, and games were supplications to the gods to give water to the dry earth. People would present roses to each other and loving couples would set pigeons free. If the pigeon flew over the young girl's roof three times then it was an omen that the man would marry the girl in the fall.
        So, we celebrate Vardavar on 98th day (14 weeks) after Easter.
        Hope you would like
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          Oct 21 2011: Thank you Ani.

          I love this. It is like an echo from antiquity.
          The celebration of love in all its appearances, we need it today too.
          Are there more pre-Christian traditions?
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        Oct 22 2011: Armenians have lots of festivals which are very interesting. I'd also like to tell you about The Trndez (Candlemas Day): Celebration of Love and Kindness. Trndez is a celebration around “fire” and the worship of “fire” date back to Armenia’s pre-Christian culture. It happens to be the Armenian version of Valentine’s Day in the North American tradition. It was dedicated to the heathen God Myhr or Tyr. Tyr was the God of science and arts in heathen Armenia. He was symbolizing everything spiritual. Myhr was symbolizing also KINDNESS and LOVE.
        Today it is a festival of purification in the Armenian Apostolic Church and Armenian Catholic Churches, celebrated 40 days after Jesus's birth. The two churches celebrate this on different days, the 14th (with celebrations on the eve of the 14th) and the 2nd of February.
        It happened so that in ancient Armenian villages (as the families were having many children) every home had either new married or engaged one. They all joined together and picked the wood then the priest of the village burned the big fire in the centre of the village,
        As a rule they made a fire in the new engaged girls’ yard, and her mother-in-low and father-in-low visited their future bride bringing roasted grins of wheat, porridge made from the flour, sweets, scarf and ornaments. According to the ancient Armenian’s rule the engaged man had no right to see his future wife during the period that they were engaged but in the holiday- Candlemas Day officially son-in-low visited to see her for the first time. In this holiday, the new married man or the new engaged man’s responsibility was to gather wood and make a fire. After this ceremony the new married couples were turning round the fire, it was supposed that the fire will bring fructification and will set free from the evil.
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          Oct 31 2011: 5 days ago: Thank you Ani.
          A little late though.
          I love your stories. As I was a child we had festivals of the Roman Catholic faith.
          They're all disappeared now but then it were the highlights of the year.

          In North Europe Tyr was also an important pre christian God. The oldest in fact.
          Tuesday is named after that God: Din (Dutch), Dien (German), Tue (English).
          In Dutch and German it is the same word as "to serve" which reveals the link.

          I hope you will enjoy many festivals.
  • Oct 20 2011: My favourite festival is ''San Mateo'' is a party that happends in Cuenca every year from 18th to 21st of September we celebrate the conquest of Cuenca by the Christians in 1177.
    We used to drop a heifer in the old part of the town and also there are a lot of additionals celebrations.