May is an excellent month for travel, thanks to the big number of festivals celebrating everything possible, from amazing elephants participating in temple fairs to literature and art. Summer is almost here, so there are plenty of reasons for you and your family to enjoy a city break or vacation and visit places where people celebrate their local festivals. This also is a chance for you to learn more about other country’s culture, tradition and enjoy a good time. Here are some interesting festivals or places that you can visit in May:
Waisak at Borobudur
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A high number of Buddhist priests are coming from all over Indonesia to celebrate Waiskak. Borobudur is probably the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Buddhist priests are wearing traditional orange robes to celebrate Waisak at Borobudur. To be mentioned the Waisak festival is the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar. During this day, the birth and life of Buddha Siddharta Gautama is celebrated, which is held annually on the fourth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival
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Even if most people don’t think of elephants as beautiful animals, the 30 elephants that participate in the Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival are really beautiful. These elephants are wearing ornate gold headdresses, decorated with peacock feathers and bells, while their handlers ride on top with tall umbrellas on their hands. This incredible festival dates back more than 200 years ago and also features folk dancing, fireworks that go off at 3 a.m. and many other activities at temples. To be mentioned that this is probably the most popular festival in India.
Cannes Film Festival
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Every year in May, the elite of the world’s movie-making industry meets up at this French Riviera city for the Cannes International Film Festival. All kind of films are screened for an invitation-only crowd, while stars are competing for the much desired Palme d’Or. This famous film festival was founded in 1946 and it is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.
There are plenty other interesting festivals and places that you could visit in May. What is your favorite festival in the month of May?
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