4 Pool Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss
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4 Pool Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss

Swimming in itself is already fun. Add the word “celebration,” and you’re going to have a lot of fun! Check out these pool festivals that are worth your time.

Splash House

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If you want an event that has a more festive environment, you should attend Splash House. This is more than just a pool festival. It’s a music festival too, and it’s one of the most anticipated summer pool parties in California.

World-class artists of Coachella even attend Splash House! The experience will make you crave for more. The festival highlights night parties, morning yoga sessions, and a lot of dancing! Seriously, it has taken the term “pool party” to the next level.

If you want your weekend to be filled with great music, a lot of dancing, and non-stop swimming, you better invite your close friends and attend this crazy pool festival! The celebration is nothing but entertaining. The good times will just continue rolling at this festival. No one ever leaves this pool party with a sad face. If you don’t believe me, then attend and see for yourself!

Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF)

This festival, which occurs every year from late September to mid-October, lasts for 11 days and shows a broad variety of dramas plus non-fiction films from more than 40 countries.

This film festival features filmmaking from across the globe. It’s the festival to go to if you want to see something innovative and fresh in a film.

The screenings are held in the cinemas in Reykjavík, but mind you, they even show movies in interesting places like swimming pools! That’s right; you get to swim while watching a film! That just doubles the fun. You have to thank Icelanders for this perfect combination you just found out.

The Meriton Festival Village

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Although this event has already been conducted last January in Sydney, we’re hoping the Meriton Festival Village will do what they did again! What did they do? Well, they only turned a few shipping containers into pop-up swimming pools! If you want something different while still feeling comfortable, you have to attend this kind of pool festivals. It’ll help you rejuvenate while you appreciate the water, art, and more!

Hideout Festival Pool Parties

hideout-pool-partyTake a break and attend Hideout! Although this festival isn’t just about pools, it still offers a lot of entertainment for everyone. It’s a yearly electronic event that brings 150 of the planet’s best artists together for five days and five nights of fun. The pool parties here are unlike the pool parties you’ve ever attended before. Anyone with a Hideout ticket can join the pool parties, and these parties run every single day, which means you can always enjoy the sun and water while surrounded by great people and a great environment! To tell you the truth, Hideout has redefined the meaning of pool parties.

Wanna know the secret of the success of these festivals? Those who maintain the pool read the swimpool maintenance guide! They keep the pools safe for all swimmers by knowing how to keep the pool thoroughly clean and ready for every party. Hooray for clean pools!

The Best Welding Festival Ever
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The Best Welding Festival Ever

Welding might be considered utterly scientific by some, but actually, it’s also a form of art. The techniques are the proof of this statement.

Shielded-metal-arc-weldingAnd because it’s an art, it’s also being celebrated around the world. There are competitions and fairs that highlight performances and crafts made by ingenious welders who have shown their passion for welding. With their inventive minds, protective boots, rough hands, and quality welding machines (go to WeldingChamps for more info), they bring success to welding festivals.

Although there have been numerous welding festivals held all over the planet, there’s one metal fair you should attend to, and that’s the SCRAP Detroit-Welding Festival.

This annual event started in the year 2014 and has been taking over parking lots and outdoor spots ever since. It’s an arts festival that showcases Detroit’s metalworking culture from welding to blacksmithing. Even if you’re not a welder, you’ll surely enjoy this fun event.

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The welding competition is the highlight of the event, and for last year, the theme was none other than “bikes.” All the sculptures made by the 12 teams of welders were based on the topic, and the creativity of welders surely got fired up during the festival. A silent auction is also held after the competition, enabling the visitors to bid on the artworks that were created right in front of them. Artists were challenged to make kinetic and revolving sculptures out of scrap—one thing that contributes to the waste reduction movement.

What makes this festival the best is the fact that all proceeds coming from the auction are donated to Green Living Science, which is a recycling and upcycling advocacy group. The group is also one of the festival’s supporters.

bike-sculptureThe fair runs for a half a day and is free for everyone. It’s also an excellent place for families to enjoy face painting, as well as arts and crafts activities. There was even a bicycle race last 2017! Isn’t that amazing? If you failed to attend last year’s SCRAP festival, don’t worry; you can look forward to this year’s. And since it usually happens in the third quarter of the year, you still have enough time to save money for a sculpture!

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The Real Beauty Of Festivals

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Let’s face it. One reason why people love to travel is their ability to have fun with their loved ones – especially during festival season. From the world’s music festivals to your town’s harvest festivals, you can always rest assure that you’ll have a worthwhile seeing experience as you attend in one and just let yourself take in the event’s vibrant culture and especially the place’s rich history through something people enjoy doing under the warm sun.

But that’s the real beauty of festivals, you know? Having fun with your loved ones, all the while seeing places like you’ve never seen before and doing something you enjoy doing under the warm sun. And of course, who could ever forget about the other perks of travelling during festival season such as that of getting access to some of the world’s best locations for having fun with your loved ones like open fields and amusement parks?

And let’s also face it. Another reason why people love to travel is their capability to have fun with their own selves – even during the USC Film Festival. From your town’s patron festivals to the world’s movie festivals, you can also assure that you’ll have a worthwhile doing experience as you attend in one and just let yourself take in the place’s rich history and even the people’s vibrant culture through something people enjoy doing over the cool air.

And that’s the real beauty of festivals, you know? Having fun with your own self, all the while experiencing things like you’ve never experienced before and doing something you enjoy doing over the cool air. But of course, who could ever forget about the other perks of travelling during festival season such as that of getting access to some of the world’s best locations for having fun with your own self like closed domes and exclusive bars?

3 Unmissable Festivals in India
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3 Unmissable Festivals in India

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There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds… I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor. — Keith Bellows, National Geographic Society

Just looking at a picture of Taj Mahal already hints of the majestic sight it would be for real and up close. It may even inspire a burning desire to travel to India to see it and as much of the many attractions the country boast of. But apart from the spectacular sights, dramatic landscapes, scenic tea plantations, and the superb cuisine, India is also home to some of the world’s most famous festivals that showcase its rich history as well as cultural and religious heritage. If you are lucky, you may even get to celebrate an Indian festival during your visit. In a nation known for its great festivals, here are just some of the best ones you will not want to miss.

1. Diwali
Highlights: Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a famous Hindu festival celebrated every year around mid-October or mid-November. Houses are lit up with beautiful lights many using clay lamps or candles. The celebration also features spectacular fireworks displays that light up the night sky.

2. Ganesh Chaturthi
Highlights: For ten days, India celebrates the Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi. Some of this festivals top attractions are the Ganesh idols decorated in homes or in public spaces, the wide array of cultural activities, and the culminating event where people immerse a Ganesh idol in a lake or at the sea.

3. Holi
Highlights: Beautiful and colorful, the Festival of Colors is one of India’s best-known festivals. Holika bonfires are lit during the eve of Holi. People then gather around the bonfires to dance and sing. And during the day of Holi itself, people spend time outdoors playing with colors.

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5 Unique and Strange Festivals in Japan

There are numerous festivals in Japan. From the most popular like the Gion Matsuri (Kyoto) and Kanda Matsuri (Tokyo) to the lesser known local matsuri, the country celebrates its festivals with flair. Here’s a look at some of the unique festivals you can only find in Japan.

1. Akutai Matsuri

Where: Atago Shrine, 102 Izumi, Kasama-shi, Ibaraki
The Festival: Also known as the Cursing Festival, Akutai Matsuri features 13 monks dressed up as tengu (mythical goblins or demons). Spectators are free to hurl insults and curse at the tengu as they parade around the shrine.

2. Kanamara Matsuri

Where: Kanayama-jinja, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
The Festival: Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus) is a phallus-themed fertility festival. It is also often referred to as the Penis Festival. The event features a phallic-shaped mikoshi, a giant pink penis effigy, and phallus-inspired items like candies.

3. Namahage Sedo Festival

Where: Shinzan Shrine, Oga-shi, Akita
The Festival: Namahage Sedo Festival combines the Shinto Saitousai ritual and the traditional Namahage. It follows a series of fascinating rituals one of the most stunning of which is when the participants wearing masks and bearing torches come down from the mountain and parade around the shrine.

4. Paantu Festival

Where: Miyako-jima, Okinawa
The Festival: Paantu is a festival in Miyako-jima that dates back to several centuries ago. Villages dressed up as spirit beings (paantus) covered in mud and leaves. Their role is to drive demons away from the island. It is believed that being touched by the paantus bring good luck. Although judging from the sight of children crying and running away, it would seem that the sight of mud-covered paantus drive away not just demons but thoughts of good luck as well.

5. Somin-sai

Where: Kokuseki-ji Temple Yamauchi-17 Mizusawaku Kuroishicho Oshu, Iwate
The Festival: Somin-sai, also known as Festival of Naked Men and Fire, dates back to 1,000 years ago. The festival is held in the cold month of February. It draws men from all across Japan who want to take part in this centuries-old ritual believed to bring good health and happiness for the year. The men dressed up in fundoshi or loincloth brave the chilly temperature as they walk from the temple to the icy Ruritsubo River.

How to Make Your Summer Fun and Fulfilling
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How to Make Your Summer Fun and Fulfilling

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Every season is a fresh start to do a lot of things that enrich your life. It can also be a time for new beginnings or explorations and discoveries. Whether you are looking for adventures or opportunities for growth, you can make your summer more fruitful and enjoyable. If you are thinking of making plans for a great summer, the following ideas can be useful in setting you off to a good start.

Reflect on what you need. Do you want to broaden your horizon? Do you want to expand your social network? Do you want to upgrade your skills or learn new ones? Summer is a good time to pursue the things that nurtures you mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. If you have been spending the previous months barely maintaining a work-life balance, planning an inspiring summer that involves more time with your family and yourself may be a good idea.

Challenge yourself. Set a goal that you can accomplish during the summer months. It could be a short-term goal or something in line with stretch goal that you may have neglected to focus on for a while. Whatever those short term objectives may be, make sure that they are aligned with your big goals. Goal-setting is an excellent motivator and can inspire you to make the most of your summer days.

Explore and experience something you have not done before. Think of something that you have not done before or anything that is out of character you want to explore. This can be a good opportunity to stretch yourself and discover untapped abilities. Make room for adventure. Take up a new sport or hobby. Or try doing something that scares you. The possibilities are endless when it comes to things that bring you out of your comfort zone.

Travel for a vacation and festival. Go somewhere you have never been before. Experience a local festival. See as many sights as you can and do more of the activities you can enjoy in the place you visit. Get to know people from the area and immerse yourself in the local culture. Use the time to refresh and recharge before you get back to your daily routines.