This is the most wonderful time of the year. The world celebrates different festival during this winter season. However, the most popular festivals during winters are Christmas, and New Year but there are some other festivals as well that you are not aware of. You can experience fantastic winter festivals as you travel around the world. May it be Carnival in Rio, Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, these winter festivals are filled with fun, art, music and many more.
The spectacular winter festivals
Venice’s Carnevale, Italy
The huge winter festival Carnevale is the annual festival in Venice, Italy. People gather in San Marco Square, and the Carnevale includes parades, public and private masquerade balls, entertainment and music.
The annual festival kickstarts 40 days before the Easter and concludes on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate masks. During the last week of the celebration, a jury of international costume and fashion designers select the best mask.
Rio’s Carnival, Brazil
Another great winter festival is Rio’s Carnival that is celebrated in Brazil. This world’s largest carnival is immensely energetic and filled with fun and colourful parade. It reunites two million people per day on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Every year before Lent, the world-famous festival in Rio is celebrated.
Brazil’s Rio Carnival is a unique blend of Portuguese and African culture. The Portuguese during their colonial rule organised a food festival before fasting for the 40 days of lent and eventually the African culture brought in dance, music and rhythms. It has now transformed it into a global party known today.
In a one day event, you can witness the fierce dance competition between rival samba schools. Each school chose a theme with 6 to 8 floats, and more than a thousand participants represent the Samba schools. The first festival dates back to 1723. When you visit Rio de Janerio, you can simply let go all your worries, drink, be merry and party non-stop.
Sundance Film Festival, Utah
The Sundance Institute organises a Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January. This film festival showcases the new work from American and international independent filmmakers. It is one of the largest independent film festival in the US, which includes both feature films and short films. It also includes and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, Midnight, Premieres, and Documentary Premieres. Sterling Van Wagenen, actor Robert Redford’s company, started the first film festival in 1978.
Quebec City’s Winter Carnival, Canada
One of the biggest winter festivals in the world, Quebec city’s winter carnival of Canada amazes tourist with its spectacular celebration. Thousands of visitors flock to the winter festival and spend $42 million per winter in this city of winter wonder. The host of activities include the Uniprix 400-feet ice slide, snow rafting, snow sculptures, the Arctic Spas Village, winter camping, dog sledge racing, outdoor dance parties, night parades etc. make the festival such grand. Whoever visits this festival has the most amazing experiences.
This is one of the stunning winter festivals of the world. Sapporo is a 7-day celebration in February which is the most distinctive and largest event of Japan. Therefore, millions of tourists flocks in to witness the impeccable frozen art in the International Snow Sculpture Contest. It is held in the Odori Park and Susukino. Also, an annual beauty contest is held to crown a new Susukino Queen of Ice.