If you shrink at the thought of spending a single moment lingering in shrines, temples, or museums, you can have the perk of your life being in the hub of quirky European festivals. They are riotous, flamboyant, peculiar, and even dangerous to one’s life and limb.
However, seeing all the craziness going around can be inviting and, in no time at all, the curious onlookers may find themselves getting involved in the revelries.
Festivals around the world may sometimes be celebrated in unusual rituals. Like the rest of the world, European festivals are full of wacky, bizarre, yet wonderful activities that can be very entertaining, breathtaking or simply inexplicable. Regardless of how one describes the merrymaking, there is always fun in every celebration no matter how unacceptable it may be to the non-European world.
Europe’s Merriest and Oddest Festivals
- The Bridlington Golf Festival is one to watch with the theme being “fun golf”. The festival has been held for 20 years this year attracting people from around Europe to play the game of golf like it has never been played before – the rules are meant to make the game fun and family friendly. It offers a unique way to introduce the game to kids and spread the word of how much fun you can have to others to populate the sport.
If there is one thing that brings all of us together it is food, we all need to eat and most of us like to prepare food, and think of healthy ways to store and cook food in our own way. That is why festivals have always been a great source of joy and excitement.
Remembering all the colorful costumes, the synchronized cadence of the live bands, the smell of delicious food in the air and the smiles painted on the faces of the people always bring fond memories and anticipation for the next holiday to be celebrated.
Festivals are not only fun occasions for the locals but for tourists as well. Thus, the importance of festivals cannot be discounted in strengthening the tourism industry of any country.
Experiences are always the best teachers. With the Internet and cabled television providing updated information as disasters unfold anywhere in the world, the damages in properties and lost lives in the past decade appeared too real compared to reading them from history books.
The experiences speak of how modern technology made pivotal contributions to the efficiency by which rescue missions were undertaken and services were delivered.
Yet, before help came, it is just them and the raging nature. One lesson that is hard to forget: one can’t be too prepared during events like these. It underscores the importance of readiness and the worth of having your own emergency preparedness kits and plans during times like this.
This happened to me and my family while my wive was doing her normal morning fitness routine of running and then 30 min on the elliptical machine she slipped and fell into the elliptical machine causing a head injury. We did not have emergency preparedness kit in the house and had to drive to the hospital with her covered in blood.
That event has caused me to think about this, and write this post for others.
In the past, food or culinary festivals are relatively unknown celebrations usually held to raise funds or introduce some kitchen products. Due to the disappointing numbers of attendees, these events are arranged in hotel function rooms or assembled in some hidden alleys down town.
Today, festivals that feature food as the main star has attracted even celebrities, VIPs, culinary enthusiasts, and people who are not necessarily food lovers, but are interested in health related topics like dieting, juice, detox, and general fitness. These people attend the festivals as a part of a deeper interest in general health.
March 11, 2011: Japan was struck by an 8.9 magnitude quake and aftershocks shook Japan for several days with magnitudes as high as 7.1. It was a reminder for all mortals that nature cannot be controlled by man despite his best efforts and proves that it is unpredictable. Disasters can happen, kill people by the thousands and damage properties by billions even to the richest and most prepared nations.
Once again I sat in the principal’s office. But not for disciplinary reasons, at least not this time. This time I was interviewing for a job. And in a parochial school of all places, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrows High School. If Sister Constance, my elementary school principal, could see me now, surely she would see the irony and exclaim, “God does indeed work in mysterious ways.”
“Lucky, you need to get ready!” His wife Peg had opened the kitchen window, but her voice would have carried anyway over the tiny yard.
“Ready for what?” he muttered. Not another doctor’s appointment. He hated the endless waiting, leafing through magazines chock-full of photos of stuff he couldn’t eat anymore. Or maybe another test was scheduled for him—some gal making him take a leak in a Dixie cup.