There are a lot of people who decide to take their annual vacation not during the summer, but during the winter, and more precisely in December. This is often because there are a lot of Christmas celebrations and preparations for the New Year’s Eve that people decide to travel around a little and witness these places with their own eyes. Today we have prepared a list for you with some of the top festivals in December. And do not worry, not all of them are about Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
#1 Art Basel Miami
The first event in our list takes place in Miami. This is Art Basel Miami and it is a 4-day spectacle which has been organized annually since 2002. The dates are always the same – from the 1st to the 4th of December. As you have probably guessed by its name, this is an art fair. At this time of the year the weather in Miami is warm enough to let some of the galleries in the fair take place outside on the streets.
If you attend it you will have the chance to see amazing pieces of art which are not done only by American painters and sculptors, by also by European and Latin American artists. You will have the chance to witness some contemporary masterpieces, some of which are worth millions of dollars. You can also buy an exhibit if you like because there are also some pieces that are not that expensive.
#2 Mevlana Whirling Dervishes
The next festival in the list would appeal to those of you who are interested in the oriental culture because it takes place in Turkey. Turkey has a very distinguished and exotic culture and that is precisely why it attracts so many people around the world to go and see it with their own eyes.
The Mevlana Whirling Dervishes is a festival that takes place in Turkey and it lasts 7 days – from the 10th to the 17th of December. If you decide to attend it you will see traditional dressed dervishes in white long robes and high usually red or beige hats. What is interesting about them is that their dances consist of constant whirling. It seems that they can do it for ages without stopping and they do not seem dizzy at all. However, do not try to do this whirlingyourselves because you can end up feeling so sick that this could ruin your whole night experience.
#3 Junkanoo Parade, Bahamas
There are a lot of people who have not heard of this parade which takes place in the Bahamas, but it is actually a great event to attend especially if you are a fan of the Brazilian carnival. This is because the costumes the Bahamian people wear during the parade are very colorful and shiny, almost as those worn during the carnival in Brazil. This parade takes place Nassau from the 26th December to the 1st January. And it includes all night dancing, music, and fun.
The story has it that this tradition comes from the times when there were slaves in the Bahamas. They actually used scrap materials and bird feathers to create their costumes with. And they even decorated their faces using flour paste since there were no dyes or face paints. All the dancing and fun takes place out in the streets. The whole atmosphere is amazing and really has to be seen in person to be experienced.
#4 Big Mountain Music Festival, Thailand
If you are into all kinds of music and really like attending music festivals all over the world, then you should definitely include this music festival in Thailand. It is an annual one and this year it would take place on the 10th and 11th of December. It is the biggest outdoor music festival in Thailand and also one of the biggest ones in South-East Asia. It is a relatively new festival since its debut was in 2010, but nowadays more and more people know of it and attend it. The number of people attending it more than tripled in just 4 years’ time.
#5 Rèveillon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
And there is just no chance to miss mentioning one of the most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations in the entire world. It, of course, takes place in Rio de Janeiro and more specifically on the beaches there. Traditionally before midnight on the 31st December, families gather for a New Year’s Eve meal, but before the clock strikes 12, people have already gone to the beach for a Brazilian kind of celebration. Fireworks, music, dances, lights, scenery, it is simply hard to describe all the things that happen during the Rèveillon, but you can be sure that you would not regret it if you see it with yo