different festivals around world – Colorful costumes carnival to enjoy with kids

Just the thought of coming across a colorful costume parade while you are on holiday with the family can be an exciting experience for both children and adults. So, where and when can we go and enjoy in different countries a costume parade?

South America:

South America is the continent that is most identified with carnivals. Music and dance are an inseparable part of everyday life in most of its countries, and dance is the centerpiece of all festivals. In addition, most of the festivals include courses and dance workshops for tourists who want to take an active part in the events.

Here are main examples for festival over South America:

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

The most famous carnival is Rio's Carnival in Brazil, which the participants prepare for all year long, sweeping the whole city with a wave of dancing, costumes and music.

The carnival is considered to be the one of biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723. It is celebrated in honor of the gods and to respect the great waters. This annual festival lasts six days. It’s usually starts on Friday and ends on Wednesday, The Parade of the Samba Schools lasts only two days, usually 3th and 4th days of Carnival (Sunday and Monday).

The school competition and the parade of the winners  (Judges from all over Brazil announce the winner of each league and march at the carnival event, called the "Parade of the Winners,) are the carnival's main events, but they are not the only ones. In every corner and neighborhood the carnival takes place during the carnival period.

The competition among the various schools competing with each other for originality, creativity, imagination and rhythms stands out. The Samba school parade is an experience you should not miss. Fourteen groups of Samba schools march for two days, seven each day. The march lasted more than twenty hours. The schools are attended by a large number of fans and supporters, four to five thousand participants, with six to eight stages, carrying special guests.

Here is the following dates of the Carnival:




March 1- March 6

February 21- February 26

February 12- February 17

When planning a visit to a carnival in Rio, keep in mind that all prices in the city jump by tens of percent, in all hotels full occupancy, so it is very important to book everything in advance (including tickets to parties and parades).

Last but not least, there are plenty of pickpockets during carnival, so be careful.

Argentina – The Gualeguaycu Carnival:

The city of Gualeguichu which is located In northeastern Argentina is where take place Argentina's most important carnival - the Carnaval del Pais. The city has built a center for carnivals (corsodromo) with about 38,000 seats, in which the bands march for about 500 meters.

In Argentina, the Carnival of Gualeguaychú is considered one of the most important carnival parades on earth, along with the carnivals of Rio de Janeiro and Venice. This amazing artistic display has been around for over thirty years and gains more and more followers every year.

During the carnival, four Samba bands compete with the title "Carnival Kings". About 700 people participate in every compass. Each band is accompanied by five huge stages, a drum band (Batucada) and a singing group. Each band chooses a theme around which the stages are built, the costumes are designed and the songs are written.

Carnival takes place during January and February on weekends (sometimes on Sunday or Saturday of the first weekend of March). It is worthwhile to visit the carnival towards the end, since the kings of the carnival have been chosen, and the parade of the winning orchestras takes place.


Bolivia – The Carnival of Orur  (La Diabelda Festival)

The La Diabelda Festival, according to local belief, is celebrated so that the devil will keep coal miners in the country. For three days, carnival is celebrated with dances, music and decorated streets, all dressed like witches, gods, monsters, devil girls and other costumes from the dark side.

The carnival includes a large parade with about 30 dance groups, each of which can accommodate 300 dancers, all dressed in the best costumes, masks and colors. At the end of the festival there is a water war in the main park. The festival is held in late February and is celebrated throughout the country, but the main city of the festivities is the poor city of coal miners - Orur

Next even is on:

2019 Carnaval de Oruro will begin on Saturday,  February 23.

It wil  ends on Monday, March 4

Mexioco & Peru- Dia de los muertos:

Celebrations 'el dia de los muertos' (Day of the Dead) is characterized by wearing masks in the form of skulls. The source of the celebration is to honor the dead and to recognize death as an inseparable part of life. The celebrations will take place on November 1-2 in Mexico and Latin America, and celebrants wear skull masks or painted faces, colorful costumes and hats.


Custom Carnival over Europe:

Here are some examples of carnivals over Europe:

Carnival of the masks in Venice, Italy:

The Venice Carnival, held annually in the city, is one of the most famous events in all of Europe. The city is filled with figures wearing masks and period clothes and tourists who come from all over the world, especially for the occasion. The carnival, which takes place every year around February and lasts about two weeks.

The festive opening event takes place on the first Sunday in St. Mark's Square. As part of the opening event there is a costume parade and at the end a spectacular fireworks show. Those who arrive at the carnival of masks in Venice with children, on the first Saturday of the festival, a special children's mask will take place in St. Mark's Square, where makeup artists will paint and paint the faces of the children.

One of the main events at the Venice Festival of Masks is the most beautiful mask selection competition, which takes place at the end of the last week of the festival.

Apart from the street events, the carnival of masks in Venice is known for its grand banquets , just like those of the past centuries. These banquets take place in luxurious halls throughout the city and include generous meals and dancing. Participation in these events is paid, usually expensive, and include dress code.



Carnival of Dunkirk:

In the north of France, in Dunkerque, the world-famous port city of the World War II, close to the La Manche Canal, which is the maritime passage between France and England. The carnival in Dunkirk lasts a few weeks, when the focus of the celebrations goes from square to the district, and during this period spends a big crowd of celebrants.

The Dunkirk Carnival is often described as being the oddest and maddest carnival in France. The culmination of the carnival takes place on the 'Trois Joyeuses' (Three Joyful Days), the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday

The origin of the carnival is in the 17th century when Dunkirk port served as a starting point for fishermen who went fishing cod in Iceland. The journey through the stormy sea was difficult and enduring and many fishermen did not return from it.

So before the cruise they used to make a big farewell party. This was the beginning of the festivities that over the years became the largest and longest carnival in France (Over 40,000 participants).

The carnival begins with banquets and parties, culminating in the three days, in which colorful parades with costumes are held, with many of the men dressed as women.

On Sunday afternoons there are marches with traditional folk orchestras and folk songs.

The carnival take place between the month January to March.






Dinagiang Festival of Iloilo City Is celebrated annually on the fourth weekend of January
The Diengyang Nahu Festival was named 'Best Festival of the Philippines' by officials of the Philippine Tourist Board.

Festival D includes a parade of about 20 groups of local people dressed as indigenous tribesmen. Their bodies covered with soot to imitate the black color of the natives, dressed in traditional warrior garb called Ati Atihan, and dancing to the rhythm of the drums as a cultural presentation of the ancient history of the province and the course of events leading to conversion to the Catholic religion with the appearance of the Spanish conqueror Kasadyahan.




Shimokitazawa-Tengu festival

This festival also known by the name Goblin Festival with the Long Red Nose. This name describes the design of the masks in the parade. The long red nose in the masks is a description of the bird's origin, while the rest of the mask is similar to the mythological figure Tango, a bird that looks like a human being from Japanese folklore.

The festival takes place in Tokyo for three days in late January and early February. The festival concentrates on a colorful procession, drumming performances and the throwing of roasted soybeans into the crowd surrounding the procession.



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