Travel Bucket List22.4.15
We have been fortunate enough to have been able to strike two of our "dream holiday" destinations - New York and Tokyo - f...
We have been fortunate enough to have been able to strike two of our "dream holiday" destinations - New York and Tokyo - from our travel bucket list and since my word of the year is explore, we are eager to travel to different parts of the world.
We are curious travellers and like to head to destinations that offer something special. Although we have both wanted to visit Iceland and see the Northern Lights for the longest of times.. there are three other places offering something equally as entrancing - once-a-year events that would be incredible to experience.
Dia de los Muertos - Mexico
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday for honoring the dead, celebrated throughout Mexico from October 31st to November 2nd. During the celebrations, ofrendas (private altars) are built, and sugar skulls, marigolds, favourite foods and beverages, are gifted to the deceased. "Day of the Dead occurs at the year's end, after the last harvests, when the barren earth is though to give passage to the souls lying beneath it." I have a huge interest in tradition and folklore, visiting Mexico during Dia de los Muertos would be phenomenal and it's one place I'm eager to strike off my bucket list.
Ice Festival - Harbin, China
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is the largest ice and snow festival in the world. The festival begins on January 5 and lasts an entire month featuring the largest ice sculptures in the world, Yabuli alpine skiing, winter-swimming in the Songhua River, and ice-lantern exhibitions. Full size buildings made from blocks of thick ice are illuminated at night, and stand in stark contrast to the –16.8 °C winter weather.
Diwali - India
Diwali is an ancient Hindu "festival of lights" celebrated in autumn, spiritually signifying the victory of light over darkness. The celebrations continue over a five-day period with the main night of Diwali coinciding with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. Diwali is the biggest, brightest, prettiest festival in India and it simply looks stunning. I would feel so privileged to experience and be a part of such a significant celebration.