Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bucket List - Top 10

I've been in Destin, Florida for the week with my cousins as a small getaway vacation. My birthday was yesterday and I spent the day at the beach. Thank you for all the birthday wishes! Every night Emma, who is always in my pictures, and I sit here and talk. Tonight we were discussing some of the places we wanted to visit. This conversation led me to create a bucket list. There are so many beautiful places and things to see in the world and to travel and experience them all would be a dream come true. One day I hope to have visited all these places and events.

Being a photographer it would be amazing to be able to take pictures of all these events and possibly put together a book with all the pictures and pages describing each event (writing the book on my bucket list is on my bucket list). I think traveling and exploring the world is the best way to truly understand and appreciate life. I'll only list the top 10 places, because this blog post will already be too long.. 

Holi Festival - India

Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated. Bright colours of gulal and abeer fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other.

The Running of the Bulls - Spain

The Running of the Bulls is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of bulls that have been let loose, on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's streets. The most famous running of the bulls is that of the seven-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of San Fermín in Pamplona.

Venice Carnival - Italy 

The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival starts forty days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. 

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival - Taipei

During the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, stalls selling paper lanterns, miniature toy lanterns, food and fireworks line the streets. At night, hundreds of lanterns are simultaneously launched from a school field and visitors can buy their own lanterns. Before launching the lanterns, people can pick the lantern color and write their wishes on the lantern. Sparklers are an option add-on. It is believed the wishes are sent to heaven and bring luck in the New Year.

St. Patricks Day - Dublin Ireland 

As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.

La Tomantina - Italy

La Tomatina  is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.

Lollapalooza -Chicago 

Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups.

Halloween Festival - Salem Massachusetts

Halloween is the time of year when the shades of the dead whisper from forgotten places and spirits walk among us. The Witches of Salem honor this time with Festival of the Dead, an annual event series that explores death’s macabre customs, heretical histories, and strange rituals.

Day of the Dead - Mexico

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

The Olympic Opening Ceremony 

The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate.

Hope you find these places and events as inspiring as I do. 
Comment and let me know some of the places on YOUR bucket list!


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