Fanscinating festivals around the world in April of 2016
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Fantastic Festivals Around the World in April 2016
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town, South Africa
Start Date: April 1, 2016
One of the world’s largest jazz festivals celebrates world-renowned artists and South African acts alike.
It’s the flagship event for espAfrika, a global event company, and the celebrated, annual music festival appeals to devotees of jazz in a traditional sense and mainstream audiences alike.
Crucially, for a proudly South African event, the festival highlights native South African artists and international marquee stars in equal measure.
Mayrhofen, Austria
Start Date: April 4, 2016
Winter sports combine with music performances and themed parties in unexpected yet fantastic locations.
The white-powdered snow gleams as festival goers boogie in the town of Mayrhofen in Austria, back-dropped with panoramic snow-covered plateaus, fragrant pine forests, crisp clean air and gorgeous alpine peaks.
One moment, you’ll find yourself relaxing in one of its many saunas, and the next moment, you may be deep in a sweaty crowd dancing to the music.
Don your best festival costume for Snowbombing’s Street Party, a mid-afternoon, fancy dress party. Funky colorful costumes are highly encouraged for this exciting congregation.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Start Date: April 13, 2016
Rooted in Buddhist tradition, the purification ritual of sprinkling statues of the Buddha with water has evolved into a three-day countrywide water fight known as Songkran.
Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival
Thrissur, India
Start Date: April 17, 2016
One of the most popular temple festivals in India, this more than 200-year-old festival is one of the best ways to get a flavor of why India wins the gold medal for festivals.
Folk dancing, panchavadyam (rhythmic beating of the drum), and a stellar fireworks display that begins at three in the morning and continues on for three hours all serve to create a visual feast that makes for a completely immersive, tribal experience.
Naghol Land Diving
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Start Date: April 19, 2016
In a terrifying appeasement to the gods and a bold display of virility, men jump off a spiked tower, hurtling to the ground below, attached only by jungle vines.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Start Date: April 22, 2016
Over four decades, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the original Jazz Fest, growing out of humble Creole origins to now regularly surpass 150,000 attendants on a single day.
King's Day (Koningsdag)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Start Date: April 27, 2016
The Dutch break out of the winter blahs at the new King's Day (Koningsdag) Festival, donning lots of orange, and celebrating in the streets to mark the reigning monarch’s birthday and to welcome warmer weather.
Why orange? The flag of the Netherlands is red, white and blue, but orange is the color of the royal family and most everyone embraces this bright, happy color, welcome after a long, gray winter.
On the morning of the 30th the streets come alive with a massive flea market, or vrijmarkt . It's the only day of the year that anyone can sell things on the street without a permit. If you forgot to bring something orange, here's your chance to grab some festive clothes and blend right in.
Beltane Fire Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland
Start Date: April 30, 2016
Light a fire to celebrate the coming of summer among folks who take ancient Celtic festivals seriously—even if it means dancing naked.
As is the nature of spring festivals celebrating abundance and earthly delights, the Beltane Fire Festival does include some folks who would prefer to experience the evening without clothes.
Mount Broken, Germany
Start Date: April 30, 2016
Witches' Night (Walpurgisnacht) is a spring festival with a touch of witchcraft, best light your biggest bonfire to ward off any evil spirits and welcome the coming season.
Walpurgisnacht (Witches' Night) is an ancient festival to welcome the spring weather and to drive away evil spirits. Though there are many variations of the festival, it is commonly celebrated with dancing and bonfires on April 30 or May 1.
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