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WINTER FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD

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 Shetland Viking Festival – Lerwick, Scotland

The Shetland Viking festival is a festival that features the old Scandinavian Yule tradition, which is still celebrated and practiced in Scotland. This festival is popularly known as Up Helly Aa. It is celebrated on the last Tuesday in January every year.

The festival consists of a parade where the locals lead a fiery procession in the town to celebrate their longship of all these years. The procession is followed by with party, drinks, and lots of musical celebrations in the town. Depicting their historic pride, the festival is extremely joyful to celebrate and witness.

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Las Fallas-Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas is a five-day carnival in Spain that is celebrated with lots of energy in winter. The festivals include some fun shows and poke at the creation of ninots which resemble much like politicians, celebrities, or famous figures. The parade walks across the city celebrating the fun and also showcasing different Spanish costumes. The end of the festival is marked by a huge bonfire on a day called LaCrema. The festival nearly ends on March 18. It’s a good way to bring all together with the culture of Spain on one platform.

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Winter Festival of Lights -Niagra Falls, Ontario

Winters in Ontario are an absolute treat for over 2 million people. The festival exhibits marvelous fireworks shows and light art that is mesmerizing and amazing to watch. Apart from the winter light show, there are various other events like the Deck the Falls walking tour, weekly fireworks, laser light shows, a New Year’s Eve concert, and the Ice Wine Festival.

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Venice’s Carnevale-  Venice, Italy
 

Carnevale in Venice, Italy one of the most beautiful and spectacular festivals to witness around. The festival is a huge celebration of private and public masquerade balls and music across space. People take part in the festival with different exquisite, beautiful costumes and unique masquerades. 

The festival takes place 40 days before easter and ends on Fat Tuesday. In the last week of the celebration, the jury members announced the best costume for the event. The festival mainly marks the end of winter and new beginnings of the fresh spring season.

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Sapporo Snow Festival – Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo in Japan is one of the most spectacular snow sculpting festivals that takes place in winter. The festival is a seven-day long snow festival where the snow sculpting competition takes place. These festive snow carvings and artwork will blow your mind with every little detail and depth it has. The festival also has some amazing food stalls, mazes, and giant ice slides to celebrate winter. Japan has become a home to many tourists who travel all along to witness this spectacular beauty.

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a festival celebrated every year before Lent. It is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets dancing, celebrating, and enjoying.

The first Rio de Janeiro Carnival festival was celebrated in 1723. During that time, elaborate feasts were created to give honor to the Greek wine gods. 

MORE CELEBRATIONS

Cologne Winter Carnival- Cologne, Germany

 Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival-  Dongbei, China

Hwacheaon Sancheoneo Ice Festival-  Hwacheon, South Korea

Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival – Reykjavik, Iceland

Frozen Dead Guys Day – Nederland, Colorado

New Orleans’ Mardi Gras

Yukon Quest

Quebec City’s Winter Carnival

Ottawa’s Winterlude

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