Steep in Festive Fervor this August
When it comes to celebrating global festivals the right way, you just cannot beat the ones that come your way in the month of august. With great tidings, delectable traditional cuisines and a host of cultural attributes to their credit, these special occasions are celebrated with a lot of zest and fanfare. Read on for a quick peep into some popular festive affairs that makes it to the checklist of local revelers and tourists alike.
Celebrated at: National Stadium, Bridgetown, Barbados
Timing first week in August
Crop Over, Barbados, a vibrant and jolly British part of the charming Caribbean, showcases nothing that is close to the stiff upper lip. This festival dissolves into 3 months of rum-soaked fun and is steeped in loads of fun, cheer and fervor. The origin of this tradition dates back to 1780 when hard working plantation workers rejoiced at the end of the cane harvest. With the sugar industry coming into the forefront, this festival saw a decline and was later revived in 1974. Ever since, it is eagerly awaited by tourists and the local populace -for reasons more than one. (image by Barbados Tourism)
Þjóðhátíð (The People’ Feast)
Celebrated at: Heimaey, Westmann Islands, Iceland
Timing : Verslunarmannahelgi (the first weekend in August)
To celebrate Iceland’s ratification of the constitution in the year 1874, vodka is shared and bonfires are lit all across the nation. However, Heimaey takes the baton forward by being the most active of all regions and is home to the mother of all parties. Over 10,000 people are known to make local puffins and visit to the sole inhabited Westmann island, for savoring the delights of an enthralling music festival-right on the far edges of the world.
Esala Perahera (Tooth Festival)
Celebrated at: Dalada Maligawa, Raja Vidiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Timing: 10 days, culminating on the full moon night in August
According to folklores and legends, one of the followers of Buddha had taken away a tooth from the pyre of Lord Buddha-when he was cremated way back in the 5th century BC. This holy canine is believed to have been smuggled into Sri Lanka ; inside the hairdo of an Orissan princess who had disguised herself as a Brahmin priest. After the act, King Megavanna was so thrilled to have this religious relic in his kingdom that he had the same paraded across the city -for the benefit of thousands of devotees and for his subjects to marvel at. The Esala Perahera (Tooth Festival) is celebrated to commemorate this event. (image by Tommaso Meli)
Qi Xi (Seven Sisters Festival)
Celebrated at: Lovers’ Rock, Bowen Rd, Wan Chai in Hong Kong
Timing : 7th day of the 7th lunar month
The Chinese version of Valentine’s Night, Qi Xi is a cultural tradition that goes beyond pre-Christ and witnesses’ single girls carrying out tasks to impress their potential lovers. This night is oft referred to as the Night of the Skills and encompasses a series of domestic duties ranging from melon carving to embroidery. An interesting festival indeed!
Edinburgh International Festival, La Pourcailhade (Pig Festival) of France, Chung Yuan (Hungry Ghost Festival) celebrated in China, and Bumba Meu Boi of São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil…….. the list of festivals in august is truly endless.
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Feature image Barbados Tourism