How to Celebrate Festivals the Right Way
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How to Celebrate Festivals the Right Way

Is there a proper way to celebrate festivals? Well, yes there is! Otherwise, this article wouldn’t exist! Here are the things you must keep in mind to celebrate festivals better:

Research about it

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Just like what you do before purchasing a pipe threading machine, you also have to research about the festival. What’s the history behind the celebration? Some of us may not even know the reason why a festival is being held. But seriously, you need to understand why that festival exists. Why? Because you’ll enjoy and appreciate a celebration even more if you know the right information. Besides, you wouldn’t want to be among the ignorant people who have no idea, would you? Come prepared. At least if someone asks you about the festival, say a foreigner or a child, you’ll know what to answer. Plus, festivals are a part of our culture, so it’s not only about treating the festival essential but also about seeing the significance of our culture. Don’t be a loser; know what you should know about the festival!

Celebrate with your loved ones

Future Music Festival 2013 If you had arguments with one or some of your relatives, be sure to cut the negative string between you. Cut as if those were pipes that needed cutting—no matter how hard they are, there will still be a tool that could split them. It’s best to celebrate with people you adore because festivals are not only for entertainment but also a showcase of love and respect for people. You’ll also be able to have more fun if there’s no hatred in your heart and if you have a clear mind. Festivals deserve your undivided attention because they don’t always come around. They’re usually conducted once a year, so be sure to enjoy them with a joyful heart.

Socialize

Festivals are also excellent events for meeting new people and finding new friends. Festivals bring together different kinds of people from different neighborhoods. They make dads pause their TV watching; they make teenagers log out of their social media, and bring introverts outside their rooms even just for a while. These celebrations enable you to have fun with others and to enjoy your time, live in the moment while being surrounded by people who have the same purpose as you. Festivals encourage people to socialize, be friendly, and be approachable. After all, there’s no room for loneliness at a festival!

Have fun but be respectful

Of course, make sure you’re happily celebrating the event! It would be more meaningful if you know your heart feels light and when you’re comfortable. But remember, when you have fun, be mindful of others as well. Don’t jeopardize others’ experiences just to increase your unreasonable happiness in a festival.

Share the experience with others

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It’s more fun to share the experience with others through social media or word of mouth after the festival. It’s just like finally figuring out the best pipe threading machine out there and telling everyone how excellent it is. However, there’s a limitation when it comes to sharing on social media because using your phone too much at a celebration can decrease the fun you can actually get from the festival. Sharing the experience is a great way to inform others about the festival so that there will be more people the next time it’ll be held. And you know what they say, the more, the merrier.

 

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!

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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.