Posts Tagged ‘Festivals’

Spring Days & SweetWater

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Yes, he painted this by hand!

The start of springtime in Atlanta means two things: heavy yellow blankets of pollen on every inanimate and exposed outdoor object and the Sweetwater 420 Festival.

At this celebration, Sweetwater Brewing Company gives you a chance to taste a few of their most popular drafts, and like at any good festival, local vendors come out to showcase their most prized pieces. If cheap viagra 100mg you’re planning a trip to Atlanta next April, stock up on some allergy medicine and consider checking out the fun! More pictures after the jump.  (more…)

Thailand and Her Unique Festivals

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Thailand is the place to be in the spring.  It’s warm, gorgeous, tropical, clean, and hospitable. The beaches are really second to none. And it will not disappoint if you need an amazing, relaxing, sand between your toes, drink in one hand, book in the other, paradise. Even more than this, there are three very unique Thai festivals that truly capture the imagination and are so fun to experience.

 The first cheap real viagra england takes place all over Thailand in mid-April. If you have fond memories of water fights, you will love this festival. It is called Songkran and it is a national celebration of the traditional Thai New Year.  The holiday turns the whole country into one big water fight. They celebrate by enthusiastically dousing family members with water during a three day period. But even if you don’t have family in Thailand, you will not get out of this festival dry. If you really get into this, you could travel around and catch the different celebrations for 12 days and be completely soaked!

The next is “The World Thai Martial Arts Festival”, at Nai Khanom Tom Monument, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Stadium. Every organization seems to be joining into putting this ceremony on! The purpose of this festival is to preserve the amazing Thai Martial Arts and self- defense but also to pay tribute to a cultural Folk Hero – Nai Khanom Tom.  The festival demonstrates the strength and talent of the martial artists. Lots of tough guys showing off their high kicks!

And the last is a festival that puts our beautiful Christmas lights to shame. It is the Lantern Festival in Hat Yai. It is set up in the spring at the Municipal Park.  These giant lanterns are made of paper or cloth hung on a bamboo frame. They are as varied as the artist can imagine. In Buddhism, creating lanterns is a wonderful proof of merit and lighting them at night is good luck. But, in Northern Thailand they specialize in floating lanterns that are made to eventually float away on the night breeze. And this is done as a merit exercise to Chulamanu during the Yipeng Festival. Whatever the reason, as an outsider they all are amazing and terrifically unique to other cultures.

If you are planning to go to a very special place, Thailand should be on everyone’s list, especially in the Spring. You will feel welcomed and inside your comfort zone, as they cater to the tourist expertly.  But their culture is unique enough that you feel, through these festivals, that you have experienced something new and exciting. Oh, and we haven’t even talked about the food… yummm.


Fall Food, Festivals, & VooDoo in the Big Easy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Wine Tasting Program

In New Orleans, you can never get too much of a good thing. Think all there is to the Big Easy is Mardi Gras? Now is actually the best time of the year for TONS of festivals, special events, and fun-filled tours! Check out these cool things to do.

We have the famous New Orleans Seafood Festival only a few days away (September 9-11), for everything from crawfish broils to seafood gumbo to fish tacos. Then, get ready to rock out at Ponderosa Stomp (September 15-17), and then savor a slice of Germany at Oktoberfest (September 23-October 22 on Weekends)! Inspire your creative side at the New Orleans Film Festival (October 14-20). And submissions are still open for the 2011 Vampire Film Festival! ;[

Enjoy delicious food, visual art, and the top performers from southern Louisiana & Mississippi at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 14-16). Then, get spell-bound at the Voodoo Music Experience (October 28-30) for great music, food, crafts and culture. Speaking of witchcraft, Halloween in New Orleans (October 28-November 1) would be frightful to miss out on. Experience the incredible Halloween parade, music festival, cemeteries, and plenty of voodoo magic.

If you’re a fan of fangs like me, I dare you to discover the Vampires lurking in the French Quarter on our Vampire Tour in New Orleans. Visit sights and locations associated with these creatures of the night, including a visit to a noted Vampire tavern! Learn the REAL secrets of the Vampires of New Orleans. For more Blues, Boos, and fantastic tours, explore all of our popular activities at Big Easy Tours!

Masquerades & Festivals in Venice

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Wine Tasting Program

“The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing [and] painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture after picture underneath.” ~ Arbit Blatas

Venezia, also known as La Serenissima – The Most Serene, is the city that ironically floods twice a day with the rising water level and grand architecture of the sinking buildings, and was the heart of art and commerce during the Renaissance. Venice is home to many year-round festivals & masquerades.

Cheers to the new year with the Regata delle Befana – The Witches Race. Imagine a race in a boat with ONE oar with competitors dressed up as witches on the misty waters of the Grand Canal. Now that is a sport I would watch.

The famous Venice Carnival begins about two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday / Martedì Grasso). Experience the colorful masquerade balls & costume parties that took place in 18th century, beginning as a celebration of expression and wearing masks to hide the identity between social classes. Venice will explode with color, music, art, performance, dancing, and acrobatics. International costume & fashion designers will also present awards for the best masks of the Venetian Carnival.

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.”
~ Truman Capote

The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art festival held every two years, on odd-numbered years. It begins in June and ends in November. Art, architecture, music, dance, theatre, and cinema all have exquisite exhibitions. The 54th Venice Biennale began on June 4th and will continue through November 27th, 2011. From the mediocre to the eccentric, the festival is an incomparable feast for the senses and art in all of its monstrosity and glory. In fact, there is so much to do that you may have a sensory overload.

The Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica) is also a part of Venice Biennale, and is the oldest film festival in the world. This annual event occurs in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, with screenings held in the historic Palazzo del Cinema. The coveted Golden Lion is awarded to the best film of the festival, and the Volpi Cup awarded to the best actor and actress. The 68th festival is scheduled to take place from August 31st to September 10th, 2011. Luci, Camera, Azione – Lights, Camera, Action!

If you are new to Venice, unmask the true beauty of this mysterious, charming city on our Hidden Venice Walking Tour. Leave the hordes of tourists behind, and discover the Venice of your dreams. And your trip is not complete without a romantic Gondola Serenade Tour – this tour also offers a dinner option of a delicious 4-course meal with drinks included at a local resturant. Venice Tours will make your trip to this famous lagoon a truly magical experience.

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
A palace and a prison on each hand:
I saw from out the wave her structures rise
As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand:
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
O’er the far times, when many a subject land
Look’d to the winged Lion’s marble piles,
Where Venice sate in state, thron’d on her hundred isles.

I loved her from my boyhood; she to me
Was as a fairy city of the heart,
Rising like water-columns from the sea,
Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart;
And Otway, Radcliffe, Schiller, Shakespeare’s art,
Had stamp’d her image in me, and even so,
Although I found her thus, we did not part;
Perchance even dearer in her day of woe,
Than when she was a boast, a marvel, and a show….

~ Lord Byron

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