There are so many people, languages, cultures and rich histories in Europe so there are a lot of festivals happening each year to celebrate each culture and their respective history. The celebrations include music, art, dance, and nature. People exhibit their love and respect for their past and culture in different festivals in different parts of Europe.
St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland
Each year on 17th March, the day of St. Patrick is an event on the advent of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick was a saint of the Catholic population in Ireland. On this day, alcohol is not prohibited anymore so it is also called the festival of alcohol. This festival is marked by the green color of the shamrock. It includes celebrations, march pasts, and parades of Irish volunteers.
La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain
La Tomatina is a festival held in East Spain, in a town called Buñol. Participants have tomato fight, they throw smashed tomatoes at each other and at the end everyone is covered in red tomato purée. Afterward, fire trucks wash the people and streets to wash the tomato off. They celebrate this event each year on the last Wednesday of August since 1945. Not only the people from the town attend this amazingly interesting festival but people from around the world come to join. Only 20,000 tickets are available each year for people to attend this entertaining event.
The Carnival of Venice
In Venice, there is a 20-day long gala where over three million people from all over the world gather to celebrate the history of this great city. It is a festival of decorative masks. Further, there is a competition for best mask design and other contests inspired by the history and customs of Venice. This gala includes a water parade and other events and parties all across the city.
Carnaval is a very fascinating spring holiday celebrated in the South of the Netherlands. It includes grand feasts, balls, parties and parades all over the cities of Southern Netherlands. It is a festival of colors, music, and dance. Traditional dance and music on different occasions are remarkable. In addition, this festival highlights character reversal and suspension of social standards about the expected behavior of an individual.
San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain
It is a summertime festival of nine days in honor of Saint Fermin. Pamplona includes many events but the most exciting is the Running of the Bulls where a bunch of people runs in front of a group of six or maybe ten bulls that have been let loose on a street. Moreover, San Fermin has become a great attraction for people across the world and this event is even broadcast live on television.
New Year in August, Bérchules, Spain
A town in Spain celebrates New Year on 4th of August with music, parties and other celebrations. It includes all normal New Year celebrations but at a different time of the year. Bérchules has a great cultural history that makes it a great tourist attraction.
Maslenitsa is one of the oldest European festivals. It is a religious and traditional holiday celebrated in the last week before Eastern Easter. It is also famous as ‘cheese week’ or ‘crepe week’ as dairy products like milk. Further, cheese and eggs are permitted in this week. People make thin crepes with eggs, butter, and milk called ’bliny’ as the main dish in this festival. It is a celebration of the end of winters by the Christian community. Dancing, partying and other diversions from spiritualism are not permitted in normal days but this event is considered as a last chance to take part in such social events.
Rock I’m Park, Nuremberg
This is the most famous rock festivals in Europe in Nuremberg. Almost 150,000 people attend this event each year. Moreover, all the legends of rock music have performed in this great event including David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Guns n Roses and Eddie Van Halen.
Cannes Film Festival, France
Festival de Cannes is a film festival in a village of France “Cannes”. They present each year new films of all categories. Only people with an invitation can attend this great festival. Renowned Palm d’Or award is also presented to the best film of the year in this festival which is often considered more significant than Oscars.
Glastonbury Festival, Scotland
Glastonbury is an art and music inspired festival that goes on for five days, from the 26th of June to the 30th of June. This festival takes place in Somerset, England and as much as 175 thousand people attend this event each year. It is a very major event for pop music and the invited artists perform and make it one of the most popular British festival. Great pop stars like Coldplay and Beyoncé perform each year at this famous European festival.
Flower Carpet, Brussels, Belgium
Hundreds of volunteers buy the flower carpet of a length of 75m and width of 25m together by in some hours. People celebrate this colorful festival in the balcony of the Town Hall. It also includes a musical concert in the evening with a glorious light show.
World Bodypainting Festival, Klagenfurt, Austria
World body painting festival is a carnival of paint and art on human body held in Klagenfurt, Austria. This event brings out the creativity of people and supports art and music. Further, it comprises of a week full of colors and different cultures showcased. People being creative bring out their love for color and make this event an entertaining and adventurous festival.
So the above is the list of some famous and unique festivals in Europe displaying different cultures and traditions as well as modern art. These festivals celebrate nature, culture, music, dance, and color. Europe has a blend of many cultures so it is the center of many interesting and fascinating events throughout the year.