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8 World Festivals to Attend When Traveling Europe

Oktoberfest- Munich, Germany

-       The world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival)

-       Held annually this 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October is the mother of all drinking festivals, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. 

-       Find yourself in one of the largest beer gardens in the world drinking some of the greatest beer Munich has to offer!

-       In 2013 approximately 7.7 million liters were served

-       Fun Fact: Nobody raises their mug until the Mayor says so! Once the Major Shouts “ O’ zapft is! (“it’s tapped!”) and then offers the first mug to the Minister-President of Baravia. Then the official festival begins and you can start drinking! Prost! (Cheers)

 

Kings day- Amsterdam April 27

-       The biggest party in all of the Netherlands. Everyone dresses up in orange and parties in every street and on every boat.

-       Before 2013 this day was actually called Queens Day but now this national holiday is celebrating the birth of King Willem-Alexander  

-       Fun Fact: During the event the canals can become so clogged with party boats that you can literally walk across to the other side on the boats while joining the party.

Running of the Bulls- Pamplona, Spain ( 14th of July)

-       If you have never heard of running of the bulls you probably live under a rock. Known worldwide one can visit the town of Pamplona to participate in the running of the bulls but youll have to prepare to wake up early. Taking place everyday for a week the run begins at 8 am but if you want a good spot you’ll probably need to show up earlier.

-       There is no formal dress code but very common traditional attire is white pants, white shirt, red scarf around the waist and a red handkerchief around the neck.

La tomatina- Bunol, Spain (Last Wednesday in August)

-       The world largest food fight!

-       Around 150,000 tomatoes are thrown every year during the festival

-       Held in the tiny Valencia town of Bunol, Spain usually during the last Wednesday of August

-       Thinking of participating you better sign up early, in 2013 town officials limited the number of participants and installed an entry fee

St. Patricks day- March 17th, all of Ireland

-       Whoever tells you “ St Patrick’s day is a religious holiday only and Americans celebrate it more” tell the m they are dead wrong and St. Patrick would be ashamed!

-       This amazing festival of drinking, partying, and fun can not be described in words and must be experiences first hand!

-       Green everywhere, parades throughout the day, and every bar is a party… not to mention the greatest factory in the world, the Guinness Factory having 4 separate bars inside as well as a 360 degree sky bar!

-       Fun Fact: The odds of finding a 4 leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000

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Verona- the city of love for Valentines day (February 14th)

-       Jump back into the olden times you read about in the 7th grade. The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet and then visit the real place

-       This small city lights up red with plenty of festivities to join in

-       Held on Valentines day and some days before and after so there is still plenty of days to celebrate the Valentines Day

-       The perfect romantic trip and one Valentines Day she will never forget!

 

 

Las Fallas- Valencia, Spain (final day 19th March)

-       Fallas refers to the celebration as well as the burning of the monuments

-       The partying never stops in Spain and this celebration is no exception. A massive parade with hundreds of floats and statues and monuments to judge

-       On the final day of the parade all but the winning Fallas is burnt but the party continues

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Carnivale- Venice, Italy (Dates change every year but February or March)

-       The celebration of the end of Lent in the Catholic religion.

-        Wear an elaborate costume or simple grab a mask and join in the activities.

-       Millions flock to the beautiful canaled street of Venice, Italy for this amazing festival!

 

Joe Falciano