Goa!

Check out this Lonely Planet video on Goa, India! My dream destination. I’ve been to India many times when I was younger, but only ever to Mumbai. It’s definetely on my bucket list to one day do a backpacking tour throughout India.

Tulip Fields, Netherlands

Tulip Fields, Netherlands

I’ve only ever had a lay over at the Amsterdam airport, but this is definetely on my Bucket List!!

Castle of the Moors, Portugal

Castle of the Moors, Portugal

This is a picture from my recent trip to Portugal. This is a view of one of the towers of the Castle of the Moors, originally built in the 8th and 9th century. The castle was captured by the Portugese after the fall of Lisbon.

Sintra, Portugal

This is a short video of my recent trip to Portugal! I visited Sintra, which is a little fairytale town! I personally visited the Castle of the Moors, as well as Pena Palace.

Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture, which Lord Byron described as being the most beautiful in the world.
Sintra has become a major tourist attraction, with many day-trippers visiting from nearby Lisbon. Attractions include the fabulous Pena Palace(19th c.) and the Castelo dos Mouros (reconstructed 19th c.) with a breath-taking view of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and the summer residence of the kings of Portugal Palácio Nacional de Sintra (largely 15th/16th c.), in the town itself. (Eurodestination.com)

Frozen Dead Guy Days, Colorado

Dress up like a frozen dead guy and participate in events like a coffin race, a polar plunge, a parade, and partying.

For more information check out: http://www.frozendeadguydays.org

Las Fallas, Valencia

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The Fallas is a celebration commemorating Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain. The term Fallas is used in reference to both the celebration as well as the monuments created during the celebration. The five days and nights of Falles are a continuous party. There are many processions that take place during the festival, anywhere from historical, to religious to comedic. Explosions can be heard all day long and sporadically through the night. Foreigners may be surprised to see everyone from small children to elderly gentlemen throwing fireworks and noisemakers in the streets, which are littered with pyrotechnical debris.

There are 5 different events that take place during Las Fallas:

  • – La Desperata
  • – La Mascleta
  • – La Planta
  • – L’Ofrena floral
  • – Els Castells and La Nit del Foc
  • – La Crema

Las Fallas all began “in the Middle Ages, when artisans disposed of the broken artifacts and pieces of wood they saved during the winter by burning them to celebrate the spring equinox. Valencian carpenters used planks of wood called parots to hang their candles on during the winter, as these were needed to provide light for the carpenters to work by. With the coming of the spring, they were no longer necessary, so they were burned. Over time, and with the intervention of the Church, the date of the burning of these parots was made to coincide with the celebration of the festival of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.

For more information: http://www.vivelasfalla

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Saka New Year

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In Bali, Indonesia, the Saka New Year (which falls on March 12th this year) is observed by a day of fasting, meditation and silence, known as Nyepi. On the eve of the Holiday, negative spirits are vanquished through the Bhuta Yajna ritual. During this ritual, Ogoh-ogoh, a large demonic figures constructed of bamboo and paper, are ceremoniously burned.  Once purified of a human’s spiritual pollutants, the city prepares for a day of silent reflection .

 

Mardi Gras

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This week graces us with the much anticipated MARDI GRAS, taking place on Tuesday, Feb 12.

“Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement…and one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold, and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. They sit on the ground throwing balls, playing music, having a picnic, and watching the crowds walk by between parades.

During Mardi Gras, all of the businesses and roads are practically shut down–people walk everywhere and meeting new friends. People are dressed in crazy costumes, kids are everywhere, and they love it!” (www.mardigrasneworleans.com)

Mardi Gras is the celebration right before Ash Wednesday, where Catholics around the world enter Lent.

 

Panagbenga Festival

ImageThe Panagbenga or Baguio Flower Festival is the annual event held in Baguio City, in the Philippines, to celebrate not only the “season of blooming” of flowers but also the booming economy and prosperity of the City of Pines. Held every February, it showcases colorful floats decorated with flowers and street dancing presented by dancers in flower-inspired costumes.

The festival was created in order to boost the economy and tourism, as it was seen as a low activity period between Christmas and Easter.

The theme for this years festival is “Blooming Odyssey”

Storico Carnevale di Ivrea, Battle of the Oranges

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In Spain they throw tomatoes, in Italy its Oranges!

The battle of the oranges began in the middle ages when a tyrannical feudal lord, Raineri di Biandrate, who took advantage of the people in town by sleeping with whomever he wished without consequences, gave a pot of  beans to poor families, who threw them in the streets in disgust.

Eventually this turned into the tradition of young girls throwing oranges at boys they liked as they walked past on the streets, and without question, the boys retaliated. Hence, the battle began!

There are two opposing teams, and the “bad guys” that represent the evil feudal lord, travel in carriages, which the other team travel on foot representing the “commoners”.  There are nine foot teams, one from each city district (Haha Hunger Games anyone?). Everyone can join in but you must pick a side and join a team.

The Carnival takes place in the city squares – Piazaa Ottinetti, Piazza  Vittorio Emmanuele, Piazza del Rondolino, Il Borghetto, and the Centro  Storico.”

The even occurs on February 9th & 10th 2013, in Ivrea near Turin, Italy.

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