Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China
It is the largest ice and snow festival in the world that takes place in Harbin of Heilongjiang province of China. This festival is officially held from January 5 to February 5 every year. The festival features international competition of ice and snow sculptures, illuminated buildings made from huge ice blocks, winter swimming in Songhua river, ice lantern show, ice sailing and speed skating. Harbin ice and snow festival was announced as an annual winter event on 5th January, 1985. As Harbin city generally has Arctic like climate, it offers abundant natural ice and snow. This festival also promotes tourism in Harbin city and attracts thousands of foreign visitors every year.
International Sand Sculpture Festival, Portugal
International sand sculpture festival or FIESA is the largest sand sculpture event in the world. FIESA is held in the Algarve region of Portugal. This festival presents 50 towering sculptures each year that are made from about 40000 tons of sands, carved by 60 artists from all over the world. Each year FIESA festival features a specific theme for creation for sand sculptures. The theme for FIESA depends on local traditions, popular cultures and mythology.
Carnival of Venice, Italy
Carnival of Venice is one the biggest festivals in Italy. In Italy this festival is known as Carnevale di Venezia, also called as Carnevale. This event is much known for its elaborate masks. Masking is just a carnival tradition and main feature in the event. This festival was started in the year 1162. But in 17th century this festival got declined under the rule of King of Austria and reappeared in 19th century. Today Carnevale, a two-week long grand event, is one of the huge celebrations in Venice. People put on mask at the vent and throws perfumed eggs at other people. Carnival of Venice also includes concerts, different types of street performances and candle-lit boat parade.
Nuit Blanche, France
The main idea behind this event is to bring contemporary artistic creations to the citizen and invite everyone to spend the night immersed in an exchange of experiences. Nuit Blanche or White Night is a Parisian cultural initiative that was created in 2002. Its great success has caused several other cities including Brussels, Madrid, Riga, and Rome to adopt the event and adapt it to their local contexts. The event arrived in Latin America for the first time in São Paulo, under the name of "Virada Cultural," and then in Lima, La Paz and Bogota. In all cities the events are free and allow citizens to experience and occupy urban spaces throughout the night with the artistic avant-garde.
The Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is known as the Carnival capital of the world. Rio’s Carnival is the biggest and most famous public party on the planet. The legendary samba spirit of Brazil is demonstrated best by the bandas – street parades led by drummers and singers – climaxing with the spectacular samba school showdown in the Sambodrome. Rio carnival is a 5-day celebration, 40 days before Easter. Carnival with all its excesses is celebrated as a profane event that could be interpreted as a farewell to all the pleasures of the flesh.