Holi is celebrated forseveral days every year in March throughout India and Nepal. When you buy the tickets, the package comes with shuttle buses to and from the Sambadrome. Fancy dress is positively encouraged and you will be amazed at some of the fantastic family efforts on display! This is no laughing stuff, taken very seriously by the owners there are daily prizes of 4×4’s to be won and some serious cash exchanged – upwards of a million dirhams for the best breeding camels!! They can also be a lot of fun and the thing that children remember most from a holiday. Adults and children alike take to the streets to throw gulal (powder) and spray dyed water (from water guns, buckets or water balloons) on everyone they can find. I’d like to see it too! What an interesting and eclectic list of world festivals. Holi, the Festival of Spring, India. India’s yearly Holi festival, also known as the Festival of Colours is one of our family’s favourite holidays to celebrate. The Kite Festival of Sumpango, Guatemala. While the Ice Hotel is a bit of a splurge and books up fully on weekends, they often run specials deals for weeknight stays. Your kids will get lots of loot and candy while watching the parade. As well as celebrating a person’s birthday, Greek families also celebrate the day of the saint that bears the same name as an individual. It’s a very vibrant festival and one of the most popular family celebrations around the world. I’m also intrigued by the Guatemala Kite Festival – Katja. Originally established in 2007 to revitalise Rajasthan’s music and arts heritage, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) brings together more than 250 musicians and performing artists from across Rajasthan and around the world. That’s an interesting post! For more information on visiting the Buffalo Bill’s Days take a look here. Chosen by Karilyn Owen, No Back Home. Although much of the proceedings are conducted in Arabic, the local representatives couldn’t be more hospitable to overseas visitors, trying to explain the process and making you feel very welcome at their event. When: It’s held seven Sundays before the Sunday of Easter (varies from March 22nd to April 25th)What: Rio’s biggest party with lots of incredible paradesWhere: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That kite one looks like something I’d love. Chosen by Lisa Nass Grabelle, Hilton Mom Voyage, The Quebec Winter Carnival, Canada. Read more about celebrating Holi here. You are right, it would be cool to experience all these festivals even without children. Photo Credit: Tara Cannon. Chosen by Erica Cardinal, Mom Explores the Smokies. The Peekaboo zone designed for babies has a changing area, baby baths, feeding tent and some lovely activities like Clay Babies which under 2’s love too. I am from India and I immensely enjoy holi. Tip! We took our kids to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and we all loved it. There are all sorts of events to enjoy from saluki (dog) racing to camel racing, date packing to a classic car display and traditional souk. With its stunning display of bright colours and imaginative chalk murals, the Knoxville Chalk Walk is a family-friendly sensory delight. These unique cultural experiences are often steeped in history and tradition, giving families an inside look at local life. There’s dancing, singing and demonstrations where kids can try their hand at traditional Indian instruments. The festival is two-day event of epic medieval proportions. Sugar skulls iced in blues and pinks and yellows are available to buy and intricate papel picado (paper cutouts) hang in shop windows and homes. Or learning calligraphy at a medieval festival in France? Since the number nine represents longevity in China, ‘big’ birthdays are often celebrated a year early for better luck. They got to see two of the parades (each parade lasts 1.5 hours each) and so felt they had seen a lot. Chosen by Diana Rowe, Traveling In Heels. Baby blue cotton candy, corn dogs swirled in mustard, fresh popped popcorn, twirling merry-go-rounds and other rides, chatter of carnies, cheers of crowds watching the parade, live music, car show, and more. Thank you! If you think India is chaos on a regular day, wait until Holi! Photo Credit: Kalli HIller. This website uses cookies. What a great list! I will see that my child gets to experience as many of these as possible, by timing our vacations based on your post. Stadium shows are also available at Provins where you can witness jousting events, birds of prey and war games from the middle ages. Book of life is a festival of local and international music held in a magnificent fort.Where:,. In medieval times than on the streets in India recommend getting tickets the... Are also available at Provins where you can buy your own flag support. 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