Everyone loves the holidays for different motives like tourism or relaxation. This day may be as a result of national significance or traditional influence. People also observe holidays to celebrate religion and different cultures. Let’s take a look at the 10 most celebrated holidays in the world.
1. Valentine’s day
This is the day millions of people around the world celebrate love. They spend time with their loved ones, exchange gifts and use this holiday to express themselves. However, not many people are aware about what Valentine’s Day is actually about. The t4th of February is actually in remembrance of St Valentine goddess Juno, the goddess of Marriage. The day itself is not a holiday where you get a day off but it is celebrated almost all over the world in different ways and having a meal with your special someone is the most common way to do so.
Easter is one of the most popular festivals worldwide and in the Christian community as it celebrates the passion of Christ. Though, today people celebrate it with Easter egg hunts and games for children. As for traditions, the first egg is painted red which the preserve till next Easter with the key message being forgiveness. Historically, the week acknowledges the crucifixion and death of Jesus by observing a holiday on Good Friday in the same week. The holiday falls on a Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.
3. Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is one of the most beautiful and breath-taking events every year. It is also known as the spring festival and the Chinese consider it to be an important holiday in their culture. It is popularly known as the Lunar New Year which starts from the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar till the 15th of the month. The 15th day is the day of the Lantern Festival where people celebrate with plays, dances and lanterns lit in the sky along with fireworks. It is truly an incredible sight to experience.
4. Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland
Saint Patrick’s Day embarks the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and Irish communities around the world celebrate it different ways engulfing the cultures of the country they’re in. The celebration lasts for 5 days and includes incredible performances like theater, fireworks and concerts. The theme of this event is green and you can expect to find visually inspiring traditional parades. Plus, you can also expect to find themed parties on this day in many pubs and events.
5. Halloween, USA
This is perhaps the most popular celebrations in the world especially in the US where you can experience all the incredible Halloween traditions you would find in movies and TV shows if you’re not there. Scary costumes, trick or treat, parties and Halloween themed menu makes it one of the most visually influenced events in the world. Plus, today there is so much more to Halloween like festivities which include movies, tv shows, Halloween themed gifts and gadgets and tons of effects to pick from.
6. Oktoberfest, Germany
Oktoberfest is better known as the biggest beer festival in the world. It has been celebrated since 1810 and originally, it honored Prince Ludwig’s wedding. The celebration starts from the end of September to the first week of October. You can find large quantities of beer throughout the celebration along with games, amusement rides and thousands of street food items to pick from.
Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a Hindu festival which celebrates Bhau-Bheei which is the special bond of sibling relationship. The streets are decorated with colorful lanterns and diyas and families celebrate by shopping new clothes and exchanging gifts and sweets. You can also enjoy different carnivals along with Diwali themed street food to enjoy the sight and experience.
Ramadan is the pious month for Muslims and the most important month in the Muslim community. In this month, the entire Muslim community observes strict fast for the whole month in which they are allowed to eat and drink after sunset and before sunrise. It is the month of purification of the mind and soul with generosity, kindness and compassion. Today, you can see people from other religions being part of this month and the celebration of Eid at the end of the month.
9. New Year’s Eve
The people of Babylon introduced this celebration over 4000 years ago during the time of the new moon. Today, people all around the world celebrate it when the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December. This is when the fireworks begin after trending events like parties, dinners and shows take place.
Christmas is the main event of the holiday season worldwide which marks the birth of Jesus Christ as he was considered to be a present from God to Mankind. It is a national holiday worldwide and also one of the most beautiful and inspiring events in the world. Decorated Christmas trees and children waiting for Santa to bring gifts and warm food in the winter make it a perfect sight for everyone.