The seventh and final part of a series of articles in which we’ll be talking about the religious festivals in each country and some of the history behind them. This is by no means an exhaustive survey, but I hope that it will help you get a good feel for what kind of festivals there are that you should try to go to at least once during your vacation.
The Holidays – They celebrate the four-day long Christmas festival on December 25th across the whole of Europe. It was begun by St. Nicholas in the fourth century and is now followed around the world. I recommend checking out some Catholic Christmas events in your area or on the internet for an idea of how to celebrate this festival all over the world. You can also visit the page https://timeforfestival.com/.
Celebration Of The Religious Festivals
Jewish Festivals – Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish religion. It is the day on which the Jews fast from all food and drink until evening fall in commemoration of the high priest. Those who were sacrificed on Mount Calvary as part of the Day of Atonement in the First Temple.
Light Festivals – I’m sure many of you know this one. But Northern Ireland is home to the Twelve Days of Christmas. Which takes place on the Friday before Good Friday every year. The most well-known light festival is the Twelfth Night Celebration in Belfast, which in Derry, Londonderry, and Belfast city also celebrates.
Belgian Spring – The Belgian Spring Festival takes place during March and celebrates the rebirth of the plants and trees. You can find out more about this festival by reading the interesting article I wrote on it here. The article features some really great photographs of the various Belgian Spring festivals held across the country.
Religious Festivals That Have Been Around For Centuries
French Fun Festival – You’ll find that this famous festival, which has been around for centuries, is very popular in France. It has a very colorful history and follows every year around March or April.
Hindu Festivals – Some of the biggest celebrations taking place all over India during the festival of Diwali are the Parades or Fireworks displays. It’s a magical time for everyone in India! The best time to visit India in preparation for Diwali is between October and November, although there is quite a large crowd to look at during this time of year.
Muslim Festivals – You’ll find that there are a wide variety of religious festivals during this season. From New Year’s Day to Eid al-Fitr and even the Hindu seasonal festival of Raksha Bandhan. I’m sure if you get a chance to visit Turkey. You’ll find a great deal of information online about these festivities.
Christian Celebration – All Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas, like the Muslim festival of Diwali during Christmas Eve.
The Hindu God Festivals
Hindu God Festivals – During the Hindu celebration of Navratri. All the deities from all the twelve branches of Hinduism visit the house where they celebrate the festival. A great addition to a trip to the US, Navratri can be a wonderful experience for the entire family.
Japanese Festival – One of the most unique celebrations I’ve seen all year is the Japanese Festival of Bunraku during the last week of August. It involves a bunch of rabbits dancing around and being led to feast upon rice.
Hawaiian Luau – Luau is a celebration that all Hawaiian people seem to get very excited about. Luau celebrations last a couple of days and are held in a very big Hawaiian-themed party hall on the island of Oahu.