May: Exploring festivals around the world

Published on : Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Cinco de Mayo

The festivals around the world bring harmony and showcasing the history and cultural heritage. This article gives you a guide about the festivals occurring in the world, in different dates in this month of May 2022.

Here lies the list of extravagant festivals:

Cinco de Mayo

Date: Thursday, 5 May 2022

Place: Mexico

Cinco de Mayo which means the fifth day of May (in Spanish) is observed as a holiday in parts of the United States and Mexico. The event is to commemorate Mexico’s victory at Puebla on May 5, 1862 which stands as a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination.

In Mexico, majority of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations occur in Puebla, where the battle had taken place. Mexican folk music is played and danced to. People dress up as the French and Mexican soldiers or in colourful outfits to participate in large parades. Cinco de Mayo is also observed in the United States. Costume parties are hosted for friends and family, with the colours of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green) used in decorations.

Procession of the Holy Blood

Date: Thursday, 26 May 2022

Place: Belgium

The history of this colourful pageant parade dates as early back as to the 13th century when a citizen of Bruges is said to have brought the Relic of the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ back from the Second Crusade. Every spring 30,000 to 45,000 spectators gather in the Belgium city centre to watch the Procession of the Holy Blood on Ascension Day. The event is held forty days after Easter. Down the centuries, people from different communities, ages and ethnicity have participated in this collective ceremony to express their identities as Bruges’ inhabitants.

Cannes Film Festival

Date: (Tuesday, 17 May- Saturday, 28 May)

Place: France

Cannes Film Festival, officially known as the Festival de Cannes is held annually in Cannes, France. It was first held in 1946 as a rendezvous of art and film enthusiasts. The Cannes Film Festival became an international platform to exchange different ideas, watch films and sign contracts by producers and distributors. During 1958-1959, the Film Festival was a site of recognition for artistic contention and achievement when advocates and opponents of the French New Wave exchanged manifestos and discourses.

Pahiyas Festival

Date: May, 15

Place: Philippines

The festival earned its name from the word ‘payas’ which means ‘to decorate’. As on the eve of the festival, the natives decorate their houses with fruits, vegetables and ‘kiping’ (colourful leaf-shaped rice wafer), hence the name. Pahiyas is basically a harvest festival which offers a platform to the farmers to exhibit their produces- vegetables, cereals and others.

The highlight of the festival is the procession of ‘Kalas’. It is manifested by a crowd trying to take decorations from their house and owners trying to stop it from proceeding. The modern version of the Pahiyas Festival started in 1963 in Lucban. It featured a competition for the best-decorated quarters, cultural shows, parades and exhibitions.

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