5 unique festivals from different corners of the world

Festivals are an integral part of our lives and here are five unique ones from countries like Spain, Italy and India that embrace ther cultures.

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February-March: the Rio carnival

The Rio carnival is usually held in February or March. It is a fascinating display of parties, parades, and street dances. People come from all corners of the globe and descend on Rio de Janeiro. A rough estimate puts the number of visitors at the two million mark. The venue is Brazil's most exciting city and it is a spectacle worth writing home about.

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June: Glastonbury festival

Glastonbury festival is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place near Pilton, Somerset, England. It includes a wide variety of entertainment and is all about letting your hair down. It will not be held this year but tickets will be sold for 2019. It is an annual event held usually in the last weekend of June with attendance in hundreds of thousands. According to media sources, big names are expected to be present in 2019.

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July: Bull running in Spain

Spain is where the famous bull running festival tales place in the month of July. It is an international event and participants and visitors alike come from different countries to enjoy the run which lasts for hardly a few minutes. The organizers take precautions to ensure safety of the people but accidents do happen. At times there are casualties when the bulls gore some of the spectators.

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August: Tomato throwing festival of Italy

This is held in end August in the city of Buñol near Valencia. It is a weeklong festival and the highlight is the tomato fight. It is scheduled in the afternoon between 11am and 1pm and thousands of people participate. They gather in the small village which has a population of around 9000. This swells to nearly 30,000 on the day of La Tomatina.

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October: Kolkata carnival of Durga Puja

Durga Puja is a major festival of Bengal held usually in October. It is a four day festival and at the end, the idols are immersed in the River Ganges. The carnival showcases the best idols of Goddess Durga and her retinue on its way to the immersion. It is an attraction for not only the locals of the city of Kolkata but also for outsiders who arrive from abroad to enjoy the extravaganza.

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