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1. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I currently live in Panama and I was thinking about something. Here in Panama, the national holidays are in November that is when people celebrate the independence and separation from Spain and Colombia. I've seen that many tourist like to come and see the parades, and be part of the celebrations and parties that Panamanians normally do as traditions in the city and also in the countrysides.

Another dates where a lot of tourist come to Panama is for carnival which are around February, and Panamanians celebrate it very big and with a lot of traditions.

So my question is: what's a festival or celebration in you country that is popular and attractive for tourist. I would like to do some trips with the objective of visiting those kind of events.

2. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 587 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

In Australia Sydney New Year Eve celebrations would be the festival that really brings in the international visitors, Vivid Light Show is gaining international traction but so far mostly attracts a domestic crowd. There is also the Elvis Festival in Parkes that apparently has a bit of following overseas. In Canberra Australians do travel to see the Floriade but personally I found it underwhelming though in Victoria the Melbourne Flower show is apparently hugely popular.

3. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Sounds interesting, Teoni! I've heard about the New Year's Eve celebration before, now that you mention it, I believe I have to add on my list. What's your favourite festival/celebration?

4. Posted by womenwhowander (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

There aren't really any huge festivals in the UK, but a magical time to visit London which has a sort of festival atmosphere is the run up to Christmas.

All the department stores on Oxford Street go all out with their decorations, there's mulled wine to sip on in front of a fireplace in the pub, and there will be a few Christmas markets on, the largest being Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. I have attended WW every year I've been in London; they have markets with all sorts of wonderful food including spit roasted pig, an Oktoberfest style hall with amazing beer and carnival rides.

Everyone also seems to be in a better mood around the holidays so there's that as well :)

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1202 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting womenwhowander

There aren't really any huge festivals in the UK

I'd call Glastonbury pretty huge, that's one type of festival!

Or Scotland goes pretty all-out for Hogmanay.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Sep-2018, at 12:57 by AndyF ]

6. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 351 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Carnival is quite big in Germany, but only in some parts of the country. There is the Rhineland version, with Cologne being the best-known, Mainz and Düsseldorf are also huge centres. It's mostly about dressing up, drinking and having fun, although it also has very political aspects.

Then there is another version called Fastnacht with older and more archaic traditions, which is celebrated mostly in the southwest, in Black Forest and Swabia and also Northern Switzerland. I find this variety far more interesting and impressive than the Rhineland carnival. In case you are interested, I am running a blog about the Alemannic Fastnacht here on TP.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Sep-2018, at 13:46 by Kathrin_E ]

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 804 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

In the US we are replete with hundreds of Festivals and celebrations. There is, Memorial Day (last weekend of May) and of course the Fourth of July (Independence Day-Fireworks, parades, picnics), and Thanksgiving (third Thursday in November).

New Orleans and a lot of places in Louisiana celebrate Mardi Gras with parades and parties. The first Saturday in May is the Kentucky Derby. The Cheyenne Frontier Days is a parade, rodeo, and celebration in July that they have been holding since 1897.

But there are also many local celebrations. In our county in Maryland we have the Oyster Festival the third weekend in October. (Cooking competition, fair rides and food, and oyster shucking competition) Lots of places celebrate Veterans Day with a big parade (November 11th) and there are State and County Fairs all over the US - usually sometime in August or September.

8. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting womenwhowander

There aren't really any huge festivals in the UK, but a magical time to visit London which has a sort of festival atmosphere is the run up to Christmas.

I've heard about the London Fashion Week Festival, isn't it something big there?

9. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

Carnival is quite big in Germany, but only in some parts of the country. There is the Rhineland version, with Cologne being the best-known, Mainz and Düsseldorf are also huge centres. It's mostly about dressing up, drinking and having fun, although it also has very political aspects.

Then there is another version called Fastnacht with older and more archaic traditions, which is celebrated mostly in the southwest, in Black Forest and Swabia and also Northern Switzerland. I find this variety far more interesting and impressive than the Rhineland carnival. In case you are interested, I am running a blog about the Alemannic Fastnacht here on TP.

Wow! Very interesting! and all of them are celebrated the 25th of December? or around the date?

10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 408 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Germany has a lot of Volksfests. The biggest one is obviously Oktoberfest which is almost completely a tourist event. Most Bavarians only go to see the tourists making fools of themselves.
However there are loads of much smaller ones that are excellent.
Much smaller but much friendlier and cheaper (accommodation isn't booked year in advance at top top dollar prices, and flights can be reasonable).
My favourite is Freising, the town next to Munich airport, which happens shortly before the Oktoberfest (which itself actually takes place in September).

As for the UK, we do some great music festivals (which I stopped going to 25+ years ago) but we're not especially good at doing big events because we have too many people that consider a drunken fight part of an entertaining evening.
The run up to Christmas can be fun in larger cities but there's always something a bit false about it for my taste.
Someone mentioned the winter wonderland event which I must admit to never having visited (despite living within 10 miles of it for many many years) however I don't know anyone that rates it very highly.
That's not saying it's terrible but I gather it has that false 'bonhomie' that doesn't sit well with Brits and it's rather expensive.
I do like the Koln and Munich Christmas markets, but I wouldn't travel there just for the event.