Holidays in are much the same as they are in many other countries around the world. Families, friends and communities usually get together to celebrate the day and partake in festive, seasonal activities. Although Halloween, a holiday celebrated in most North American and European countries on October 31, was not recognized in South Africa until about a decade ago, people today do celebrate this spooky occasion in a variety of different, fun ways.
Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday. Translated to mean “Day of the Dead” in English, this is a celebration that focuses on honoring and remembering one’s deceased loved ones. According to an informational website created by Northern Illinois University, many individuals prepare special foods and make small gifts for their departed relatives on Dia de los Muertos. They also build alters that include pictures of the deceased, burning candles, bread and candy to honor those that have departed from the world.
The is a must-see for travelers who are planning a summer trip to Venice, Italy. This year, the festival will take place on July 16 and 17. For visitors who think that the city’s tranquil canals are enchanting during the day, the sights during this celebration will be even more breathtaking. As the many small boats covered in balloons and lanterns inch into St. Mark’s Bay and the Giudecca Canal, the waters are illuminated, just as they were centuries ago when the festival was first celebrated.
The celebration of , also known as Annexation of Guanacaste Day, will be a colorful, festive addition to a summer trip to the Central American nation of Costa Rica. On July 25, visitors who venture to the northwestern side of the country can participate in the all-day party, which includes traditional bullfights, rodeos, concerts and plenty of dancing in the street. With so much going on, Guanacaste Day is the perfect way for travelers to celebrate ’Tico’ style.
This summer, Hawaii’s will bring a fascinating dose of culture and fun to any U.S. vacation. On July 16, hula dancers from across the islands will come together for a day of traditional dancing at Oahu’s Moanalua Gardens for Hawaii’s oldest and largest noncompetitive hula show. Visitors who decide to attend this annual festival will have the chance to participate in Hawaiian arts, crafts and games. However, there will also be plenty of time to sit back and relax as the islands’ best dancers show off a tradition that has shaped their culture.
Cuba’s will be one of the most exciting events of the summer for travelers who are planning a trip to this island nation. Typically, the celebration for this festival awakes the city around the third week in July and ends with a grand finale on July 26. Although many cities across the country have their own annual carnivals, this celebration is regarded as the biggest, most famous and most traditional in all of Cuba due to its long history.
Attending , or fiestas patronales, can be a great way to indulge in Puerto Rico’s rich culture this summer. As about 85 percent of the county’s residents are Roman Catholic, religion is a huge part of locals’ way of life. Therefore, each region or town has its own patron saint, which is honored during an annual festival. Visitors who have the chance to attend one of these celebrations will be entertained in the town’s central plaza with plenty of food and drink as well as music, games and a religious procession.
There are a number of holidays in South Africa that are observed throughout the year, including Human Rights, Family and Youth Days, but these are also celebrated with nations around the world. One celebration that is specific to South Africa is the Day of Reconciliation on December 16.
Vacationers jaunting off to Cape Town this September will find themselves in the midst of a massive celebration, as the month hosts one of the most important South Africa holidays – Heritage Day.
One of many public holidays to be created in the southern nation over the past several years, Heritage Day occurs on September 24 and is a chance for people of all races, cultures and creeds living within South Africa to celebrate their heritage and the diversity that abounds in the country.