After the big celebrations of the New Year in all parts of the world, these are some of the most popular festivals celebrated around the world in the month of January –
Ati-Atihan Festival, Philippines
Duration of the Festival: 14th -16th January
The Ati-Atihan festival is celebrated on third Sunday every year in the month of January. It is a mixture of Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras of America.The festival is celebrated in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. It is one of biggest festivals in the Philippines. The events includes dancing, singing, music, and varieties of delicious food. One must take part in this celebration if they are visiting this region during January.
Kumbha Mela, Haridwar, India
Duration of the Festival: 14th January – 28th April
Kumbha Mela of Haridwar attracts one of the huge gatherings of people from around the world. It is one of the most auspicious festival of the Hindu religion. The journey to the sacred shrine happens 4 times in every 12 years. As per various astrologers, the ‘Kumbh Mela’ is celebrated when Jupiter enters the Aquarius and Sun enters Aries. The main event of this festival is bathing on the banks of the sacred river ‘Ganga’.
Duration of the Festival: 30th January
Thaipusam in Malaysia, is the day of celebration just like Thanksgiving for Hindus. In this day they honor Lord Muruga. The major celebrations of the festival take place at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. It is being celebrated after a long fasting and self-discipline. Devotees carry ‘kavadis’ which is a frame with spikes which they hook on the body. Some devotees also pierced through their tongue. It is believed that the devotees don’t feel pain on piercing and there is no bloodshed either.
World Buskers Festival, New Zealand
Duration of the Festival: 21st – 31st January
The World Buskers Festival of New Zealand celebrated for 10 days. In these 10 days, the streets of the Christchurch change in to the stages where public performs. It is like an open air festival with lots of fun for family. There are hundreds of shows presented in the entire 10 days of events and considered as street circus performance festival.
Celtic Connections, Scotland
Duration of the Festival: 16th January – 3rd February
Celtic Connection is the main cultural and music festival held in Scotland. During this festival, there are many entertainment programs performed by various bands around the world. The festival mainly centered on the Scottish traditional music but also highlights international music, and artists from around the world.