We at Favoroute want to enjoy each day of the year while we keep wandering, so we have collected the best holidays around the globe for 2016.
Another year has just started and the whole world is ready for a happy 2016 full of holidays. Because, what is life without a celebration? We know that traveling is not only about visiting beautiful landscapes or the highest skyscrapers, but also getting to know people from all over the world, sharing different cultures, and joining the best traditions.
The result: an entire list with the best holidays 2016. Are you ready to discover where the fun is at?
Holidays 2016 in January, CHINA: Chinese New Year
Although the Chinese New Year is already popular among the occidental countries, it doesn’t keep resemblance with the Christian celebration. One example: Chinese New Year’s Eve can take place in January or February. The celebration itself is also pretty special. Chinese people have a lot of different traditions related to the good luck for the upcoming year as cleaning the house before the evening or giving money to children in red envelopes. One of the most impressive moments is the fireworks; the stay is worth it just to see the amazing explosion of lights and colors!
February 8th, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in February, BRAZIL: Carnival
From good luck superstitions, we move to costumes, rythm and samba now. The Carnival of Rio de Jainero is a must for the party animals and those who enjoy live music and street festivities. During this celebration, hundreds of people dance through the streets of Brazil. Locals and visitors, old and young, rich and por people participate together in this party which has one clear aim: happiness.
Do you want to know more about the Carnival in South America? We have more information for you here.
February 5th – February 9th, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in March, INDIA: Holi
This is one of the foreign celebrations that has definitely increased its popularity among the European countries in the last few years. Can you recognize the color fights that take place every Spring and have become a trendy kind of party? Well, you may not know that this celebration has its origin in India. Actually, it means the victory of good over evil and it’s a day to play and laugh, as well as to forget and forgive the others. We could say it is the indian Thanksgiving.
March 23rd, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in April, THE NETHERLANDS: King’s Day
The next celebration, which takes place in the streets and canals of Amsterdam, could possibly be considered the biggest birthday party of the world. Basically, the 27th of April the entire city celebrates the day King Willem-Alexander was born. The party lasts more than 24 hours and attracts people from all different places. There are just some rules you need to follow in order to take part in this huge celebration: wear orange (the national color) and have fun wherever you are – it can be a street market, museum, or even a boat!
April 27th, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in May, CANADA: Tulips Festival
Although this celebration is not hold in the Netherlands, it has its origin in the orange country. History tells that, when the Dutch monarchy was exiled in Canada due to the Nazi conquest, a little princess was born. When she could come back to her home country, the royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in gratitude and they kept doing this for the following years on the same date. This fact turned into the Tulip Festival we know today, which gathers over 500,000 visitors annually and has become a symbol of the arrival of Spring. Certainly, a stunning landscape you can’t miss!
May 12th – May 23rd, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in June, PERU: Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi is a religous festivity of the Inca Empire to honor the Sun God, celebrated every year during the winter solstice. We must clarify that in territories below the equator as Peru, June and July are winter months. Although the original celebration was banned by the Spanish conquerors around 500 years ago, a theatrical representation takes place near the city of Cuzco. It is still possible to enjoy the renewed inca ritual and admire the colorful costumes, traditional food and music. A really unique experience for those who are looking for something different!
June 24th, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in July, AUSTRALIA: Yulefest
In the country of Canada, you don’t need to wait until December to enjoy Christmas. Each year in July, it’s possible to celebrate the Yulefest in the Blue Mountains. This tradition was started by some Irish guests when they saw snowflakes in summer and had to think about a cold Christmas. This celebration includes everything related to this cozy ritual: from great dinners to fires and sing-alongs.
July 2nd – July 30th, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in August, SPAIN: La Tomatina
The next one must be one of the craziest celebrations we have considered, since we are talking about the world’s biggest food fight! Every year, 20,000 people from all over the world go to Buñol, a small city near Valencia, to throw tones and tones of tomatoes to the other participants. After one hour of fruity bombs and non-stop fighting, it’s not allowed to throw food anymore and the streets get cleaned by the authorities. So do the fighters, who normally end up in a river close to this city.
August 31rst, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in September, VIETNAM: Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest celebration hold in the full moon night from September to October. It takes place in different Asian countries as Vietnam or China and has three main goals: gathering people together, thanksgiving for the year’s achievements, and asking for future satisfaction. One of the most remarkable traditions during this festivity is lighting up lanterns as the well-known floating sky ones. Definitely, seeing thousands of shining spots in the dark sky must be impressive and absolutely well worth it!
September 15th, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in October, MEXICO: Day of the Dead
Although death is normally turned into sadness by most occidental countries, Mexicans do believe this is not the best way to honor their deceased ones. On ‘the day of dead’ people pray and remember their loved ones parting, drinking and doing all kind of activities they used to enjoy in life. Mexicans understand death as a natural stage that comes after the old age and lively celebrate the dead’s memories, wearing colorful costumes and dressing up skeletons and skulls. Definitely, this is a cultural difference.
October 31rst – November 2nd, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in November, THAILAND: Yi Peng Lantern Festival
As we have already seen, lighting up lanterns seems to be a popular tradition when it comes to Asian celebrations. In this case, the Yi Peng Festival takes place in Thailand and celebrates the end of the rainy season. Temples and houses are decorated with these sources of light since, according to the Buddhist culture, they move the darkness away and promote a brighter future.
November 13th – November 15th, 2016.
Holidays 2016 in December, GERMANY: Christmas
And we finally have Christmas. Although this well-known date is celebrated in all Christian countries, we’ve chosen Germany because of its popular Christmas Markets. They claim being authentic and keeping the original spirit of this festivity, far away from massive consumption and crowded malls. There, you can find all kind of delicacies and craft items, along with a cozy and special christmassy atmosphere.
Do you want to know more about Christmas in Düsseldorf? Click here!
December 25th, 2016.