Enjoyable Holidays Around the World

Are you looking for an event that will make your vacation worthwhile in the craziest way? Then you've come to the right place. Let's take you on a journey to explore unique and exciting festivals that celebrate the holiday season.

Bitely Team
Last update:calendarApr 20, 2024
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Enjoyable Holidays Around the World

Are you looking for an event that will make your vacation worthwhile in the craziest way? Then you've come to the right place. Let's take you on a journey to explore unique and exciting festivals that celebrate the holiday season.

From Newtown, Wales, to Lopburi, Thailand, and from South Korea to Florida, USA, we delve into the captivating traditions that make these destinations truly special. Join us as we share fascinating details about these vibrant celebrations, which are guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust and curiosity.

Newtown, Wales: SANTA RUN

There are many different ways that people celebrate Christmas around the world. Here is an example from Newtown, Wales. A charity organization organized the first Santa Run in Newtown in 2001, the world's first ever.

On the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December, Santas crowd the streets of Newtown to participate in a festive charity run called Santa Run. At 10 a.m., participants wearing white and red Santa outfits assemble for a long-distance race. Runners must complete the race within three hours or less; some experienced runners finish the race in less than 18 minutes.

All Santas give gifts to the needy throughout the race, much like St. Nicholas. The registration cost for adults is £10, and for children, it is $5. All proceeds will go to charity. In addition, each competing Santa can donate their proceeds to Dial-a-Ride and a charity of their choice. Organizer Dial-a-Ride sponsors the Santa run and offers transportation services for the elderly and disabled.

Each year, the route of this event starts in the High Street of Newtown, Powys. Runners enjoy a flat and wheelchair-friendly route, and children can choose a shorter route. This route is four and a half kilometers or about seven kilometers long.

Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival

Lopburi, Thailand, hosts the festivities of a whole banquet on the last Sunday of November in the ruins of a temple dedicated to Phra Prang Sam Yot, a deity who is not human. The feast is held to celebrate Lopburi's thousands of macaques, which bring good fortune to the village and its people.

A dancer dressed as a monkey performs at the opening ceremony of the Monkey Buffet Festival. When the monkeys arrive at the banquet tables, a colorful array of fruits and vegetables is uncovered. There are almost two tons of food for the macaques, including pineapple, durian, lettuce, watermelon, and more, which they run from table to table and get a taste of.

At least 2,000 years of respect for monkeys can be traced back to the famous tale of Rama, the divine prince who fought a demon lord to save his wife, Sita. According to legend, a monkey king named Hanuman and his warriors helped rescue Sita. As a result, the monkey has been regarded as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. People mark their appreciation for Lopburi through the annual buffet.

While vacationers and town residents may wish to touch monkeys on the tables, food stalls, and vendors provide the human attendees with sustenance.

South Korea: Mud Festival

Initially, the Mud Festival was formed to draw attention to Boryeong's products, made of mud and used in beauty products.

Supposedly, this mud contains nutrients beneficial for your skin, providing anti-aging and healing properties.

Thousands of people from around the globe travel to the Mud Festival every year. It has become one of Korea's biggest festivals. Don't miss out on this fantastic experience if you plan a South Korea summer itinerary!

The Mud Festival, which lasts for two weeks between 16 July and 15 August, is held on the Korean west coast, Daecheon Beach.

The Mud Zone is home to all sorts of fun activities at the Mud Festival, including Mud Football, the Mud Super Slide, and Mud Wrestling!

It costs 10$ to enter, and tickets are available online or in person.

Despite this, the mud zone occupies only a tiny percentage of the festival's total area. The rest of the festival does not charge an entrance fee, but mud activities are unavailable.

Florida, USA: Underwater Music Festival

The "air guitar" concept is given a new meaning when musicians and divers from around the world gather in the Florida Keys yearly to participate in what is known as an "underwater music festival."

UMF founder, director, and coordinator Bill Becker devised the underwater music concerts to raise coral conservation awareness.

Divers and snorkelers gather yearly in the region of North America's last remaining healthy coral reefs to celebrate the festival. An underwater speaker streams live music from a previously selected radio playlist while mermaids and musicians perform creative instruments made by August Powers. There have previously been instruments like the "sea-phan flute," the "Fluke-a-Lele." and "trom-bonefish."

The music Becker chooses focuses on ocean-related topics, including "Octopus Garden" and "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles, and even suggests that the fish are happy dancing to Jimmy Buffett's "Fins." The listeners also love the sounds from underneath; with sound traveling 4.3 times as fast in the water, the sound is especially pleasing. WWUS 104.1 FM also broadcasts live playlists for listeners who like slower, standard fare.

Previous festival themes include 2008's "EEL-section Antics" carnival, where unique visitors Hillary Clin-Tuna, John McClam, and Barackuda Obama competed for votes, and the Yellow Submarine festival in 2009, featuring the reef rockers Ringo Starfish and Paul McCartney. Sadly, the event was canceled in 2015 because of funding shortages. But it is now back, and hopefully, it will be an annual event.

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