A festival is a day or period of time set aside for feasting (eating lots of food) and celebration, such as the Songkran Festival in Thailand.
This week, English Teacher Online proudly presents Fantastic Festivals In The World. You will learn how to research – to find information about a festival that you have never studied before.
When you research your festival you need to answer these questions.
What is the name of the festival?
When is it celebrated?
What are the main traditions of the festival?
What costumes do people wear at the festival?
What ceremonies take place?
What does the festival symbolize? (Why people do it?)
What special food (recipes) do people eat at the festival?
Anything else you think is important and why?
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
Skeletons are scary, right? Not if you’re celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Offering food to dead relatives and having a family party in the graveyard is quite a normal festival in Mexico.
Sopporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) in Japan began in the 1950s when school children built six snow statues in a park. Today, the festival attracts over 2 million visitors who come to celebrate the festival of snow and ice.
Holi is a very old festival with lots of legends and myths. This colourful festival is celebrated by Hindus in India, Pakistan and Nepal.
Maslenitsa or Pancake Week in Russia isn’t just a festival for visiting friends and eating lots of food. There are many traditions associated with each day of the week.
La Tomatina or the Tomato Throwing Festival in Spain also attracts many people from around the world. The festival includes parades, fireworks, music, dancing and a paella (rice) cooking contest.
You can also search for other Japanese Winter festivals, Tenjin Matsuri, Sakura Cherry Blossom festival or some Spring festivals … or Google to find out more information about some of the festivals below.
Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
Smear yourself with vitamin enriched mud from the Buryeong Mud Flat in July. Paint yourself with mud at the Mud Square, become a scientist and invent soap and aroma oil at the Experience Booth.
Battle of Oranges, Ivrea, Italy
The Orangiere on their horse wagons, will fire oranges at the revolting masses; who will fight back with courage and gallantry.
El Colacho, Spain
One year old brave babies, all tightly wrapped are laid on the ground; and Colacho men in red and yellow attires, jump over them (no harm) and thus carry away the evil.
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake, England
A 9lb (4kg) round chunk of cheese rolls down the Cooper Hill, and people run down to catch the high speed cheese. Watch the video for more details.
Night of the Radishes, Mexico
Enormous radishes are displayed in Zocalo, Oaxaca City; and artists intricately carve out strange figurines on 23rd December at sunset.
Running of the Bulls, Spain, July
Is it a festival or just a dangerous race; where you are chased down the streets by raging bulls!
Of course there are many other fantastic festivals in the world for you to research. Just make sure you collect all the information so you can write about 100 words.
You will need to research 2 new festivals in week 8. They can’t be from Thailand and they must be from 2 different continents.
Good luck and as always ask lots of questions.