Breathtaking Festivals – We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB

The aim of We Are The World Blogfest is to shine a little light on any darkness in the world or in ourselves, by sharing uplifting stories. The blogfest seeks to promote positive news. There are many cases of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world. This gathering takes place once a month.

This month, I’m a part of the lead co-hosting team, together with the following awesome people: Peter Nena, Emerald Barnes, Andrea Michaels and Shilpa Garg 

I don’t have a specific story, but I want to share a few positive images of unique and fabulous CELEBRATIONS from all around the world. 
Remember, positive images evoke positive emotions.
When you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities in your life. It has been proven that positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open your mind up to more options.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival – Harbin, China

A festival exhibiting the most exquisite ice and snow sculptures in the world. Every year people build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers.

White Nights Festival – St. Petersburg, Russia

The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun. It consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. The Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about 1 million people, most of whom are students from thousands of schools and colleges, both local and international.

Holi – India

Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which starts with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is free for all carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance.

Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan

It’s a festival that witnesses thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District in Taiwan. It was originally celebrated to ward off evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingshi Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner and finally they’re released off into the sky together magically decorating the sky into a sanctuary of lights.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – New Mexico, USA

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine day event, and has around 750 balloons. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Once the balloons are let off, they paint the sky with their vibrant colors and hues making it a beautiful sight to look at.

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  1. Ally Bean on September 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    These are beautiful festivals. I love all the colors and the reasons for the festivals. I didn’t know that so many existed around the world. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Emily Bloomquist on September 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Love these photos! The Saint Petersburg one looks particularly interesting and beautiful to me. Holi reminds me of Carnaval here in Ecuador, where people spray others with canisters of colorful foam, water, and flour. Thank you for co-hosting this month and for sharing these festivals!

  3. susan scott on September 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Well, the reasons for these festivals and the accompanying gorgeous photos are very much smile-making Michelle thank you! And thank you also for hosting!

  4. HR Sinclair on September 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderful! Lights and color make them magical.

  5. Deborah Weber on September 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    What a lovely peek into an array of cultural celebrations – very heart-happying indeed!

  6. Hilary Melton-Butcher on September 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Michelle – so much riotous colour … just wonderful to see. As you say positive images, positive words, positive phrasing all bring positive emotions into our hearts and lift us up … helping us to help others … cheers Hilary

  7. Alex J. Cavanaugh on September 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    The sky lanterns would be amazing to see.

  8. L. Diane Wolfe on September 29, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    My sister-in-law has been to that festival in China.

    I’m happy to say I have been to the ABQ Balloon Fiesta four years! We went every year, always on mass ascension day and usually during shapes day. Even caught the Sunday night balloon glow once. I shot 7-8 rolls of film every time. Nothing can describe being on a field with over 600 balloons.

  9. Lynda Dietz on September 29, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I love the photos, and love anything to do with lights and color. What a great bunch of festivals!

  10. Simon Falk on September 30, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Hi Michelle, thanks for co-hosting us! These are beautiful images and I certainly learned about some festivals and events I did not know existed. They help expand our appreciation of the celebration of culture. Thank you.

  11. Shilpa Garg on September 30, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for sharing about such colourful and beautiful festivals from around the world. Holi from India is one that is literally a festival of colours and celebrates love and brotherhood.
    Love the lantern and air balloon fest too!

  12. Gina Hunter on September 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Love the balloon picture! So colorful and the motion seems to leap out at the viewer. Thanks for sharing all these photos. Made my day!

  13. Toi Thomas on September 30, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    These are cool and colorful festivals. All the colors and lights do put you in a better mood.

  14. Pamela on September 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Such amazing festivals with vibrant colour and such energy. We went to a lovely festival outside London once called Peace in the Park – it was all about peace and was fabulous.

  15. Fil on October 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

    What wonderful colours – thank you for sharing them Michelle … I would love to get to the St Petersburg one – fabulous.

  16. Guilie on October 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Great idea, Michelle! Sharing images of these happy times was indeed uplifting. Like Fil above, I’d love to get to the St. Petersburg midnight sun stuff… Or the lights in Taiwan!

    Happy start of the week, my friend.
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

  17. Belinda Witzenhausen on October 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Wow, such gorgeous pictures! Definitely something to brighten everyone’s day! Thank you so much for sharing this and being a part of #WATWB!

  18. Inderpreet on October 3, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Such beautiful images and Holi – the festival of colours is indeed a lot of fun! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  19. Lynn Hallbrooks on October 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    The images are as breathtaking as the reasons for the festivals. Thank you for sharing this awesome collection and for being a part of #WATWB

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