| Sunday, February 06, 2005
| Lahore's kite festival kicks off
|Like a lot of people, I have a list of things I want to do / see before I die. A real list on paper. I've been VERY lucky to have had the opportunity to travel pretty extensively, and I've been a lot of places, but it's a big world, and there are events that take place every year that I would also like to see someday. The Lahore kite festival is on the list. A Partial list of other events (not places) - are: (not listed in any particular order)
*La Tomatina Tomato Festival in Bunyol, Valencia, Spain
*The Running of the bulls in Pamplona
*Carnivale in Rio, Venice, Ivrea, etc......
*NY Eve in any number of major cities: Sydney, Paris, etc.,
*Fasching in Oberammergau
*Las Fallas in Valencia
*St. Patrick's Day, Dublin
*Day of the Dead, Mexico City
*The Tour de' France
*Opening ceremonies to the Olympic Games
*Mt Hagen Show, Papua New Guinea
*The Burning Man Festival, Blackrock Desert
*Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
*Taurids Meteor Shower, Hawaii
*Rose Bowl Parade and Game (Go Badgers!!)
*Summer solstice at Stonehenge
*Spring equinox at Chichen Itza
*Barbados Congaline Festival
*Fête des Cuisinières, Guadeloupe
*The Flower Carpet, Grand Place, Brussels
Some events I've been lucky enough (you may legitimately question this in some instances) to attend already:
*The Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
*The Blessing of the Fleet in New Bedford, MA
*Mardi Gras in New Orleans
*The New Orleans Jazz Festival
*The Birckenbeiner Races and the Annual Lumberjack World Championship in Hayward, WI
*Octoberfest in Racine, WI (almost as good as the real thing)
*Halloween in Madison, WI (you have no idea what you're missing)
*New Year's in Time Square NYC
*Newport Jazz Festival
*Fourth of July in Washington DC
*Boston Pops and the Fourth of July in Boston
*World Pumpkin Chunkin Festival, Long Neck, DE
*Mummer's Parade, Philadelphia
*Bicycling through the Tulip fields of Holland during Tulip season and going to the Kukenhof
*Attending an Opera at the Vienna Opera House
*The Oshkosh Air Show
*State Fairs: MD, PA, WI, IA.......
*Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
*Taste of Chicago
*Chesapeake Oyster Festival
*Ten Days of Ekka, Brisbane, Australia
What's on your list?
|posted by Broadsheet @ 10:33 AM
|1 Editorial Opinions:
Chinese New Year is a little quiet really, unless you are staying with friends. It's like our Christmas.
As for the Day of the Dead, I plan to spend mine in Oaxaca. How's Mexico City for the festivities?
One thing you might want to try is Ethiopian New Year (September 11) in Ethiopia. Again it's a very family-oriented holiday but you can try whipping up some friends before you go.
Also, the night before all the clubs have big parties. I went to one club just outside of the UN compound and they had free food at midnight! (I was travelling under a very tight budget so things like this got me excited.)
About two weeks after their New Year, I believe in Meskel Square (where the Bob Marley commemmorative concert just happened) there is a sort of fire festival. Around Ethiopian New Year they build these tent-like structure that they later burn.
There's also a big Romanian folk festival on Chicken Mountain in Transylvania that I really recommend. It's a hike-in hike-out overnight affair. Went there in '94.
There's also a Medieval Festival in Sighisoara (where the historical Dracula was born) every August and by the sounds of it. it's really something. Heck, Sighisoara is so amazing I would go there anytime. It's the best preserved Medieval town in Europe!
Hmm, good list. I'll have to do something like this.