Fantastic Summer Festival
Summer is officially here, and with it come exciting celebratory cultural festivals. Here are some of the most popular summer festivals around the world.
Bali Kite Festival
This annual international festival is held in July on the sandy shores of Sanur Beach, Bali. Giant traditional Balinese kites (4m wide and 10m long!) are flown competitively by teams from the nearby villages. The event is a seasonal religious festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to provide a bountiful harvest.
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is a Japanese summer festival celebrated in the Aomori Prefecture in August. At the peak of the festival, elaborately decorated giant floats made from colourful wood and paper are illuminated and paraded through the city accompanied by taiko drums, flutes and cymbals.
White Nights Festival
Held in St Petersburg, Russia, the festival runs from May to July, celebrating the longer days that come with summer. It includes classical ballet, opera, music and carnivals as well as Scarlet Sails, a mock battle among pirates in boats on the Neva River, with spectacular fireworks and open-air concerts.
Boryeong Mud Festival
Mid-July is the time to be in Boryeong,200km south of Seoul, South Korea. Millions of visitors join the mud festival, where mud is taken from the Boryeong mud flats and transported to the Daecheon beach area as the centrepiece of Mud Experience Land, with mud pools, mud slides, mud skiing competitions and more. Mud from this area is considered rich in minerals and healthy for the skin.
Held annually since 1945 in the Valencian town of Buñol in Spain, La Tomatina is an August festival that is all about having one giant city-wide tomato fight just for fun!