Mejores festividades del mundo en el mes de Enero

Ati-Atihan

Las fiestas o festivales son una forma de vivir las culturas y tradiciones en un mundo cada vez más globalizado. No hay un lugar mejor para los viajeros de entender un país que en un evento donde se celebra con orgullo su individualidad, ya sea a través de la música, las carreras de camellos o peleas monumentales con alimentos.

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Algunas de las  fiestas más importantes en ENERO son las siguientes.

En España destaca la Tamborrada de San Sebastián.

Festivales del mundo

Junkanoo

junkanoo

Location: Nassau, Bahamas.
Dates: 1 January and 26 December
Celebrated throughout the country, Junkanoo is at its wildest best in the capital city, Nassau, where the first ‘rush’ (as the parade is known) takes place on Boxing Day and the second on New Year’s Day. Read more.

Kaapse Klopse (Cape Minstrel Carnival)

Location: Cape Town, South Africa.
Dates: Starts 2 January, and goes for a month
Cape Town’s largest carnival is a noisy, joyous and disorganised affair featuring marching troupes adorned in practically every colour of satin, sequin and glitter. Read more.

Carnaval de Blancos y Negros (Carnival of Blacks & Whites)

enero carnaval colombia

Location: Pasto, Colombia
Dates: 5–6 January
One of South America’s oldest festivals, Pasto’s piebald celebration dates back to the time of Spanish rule, when slaves were allowed to party on 5 January, with their masters showing approval by painting their faces black. Read more.

Bikaner Camel Festival

Location: Bikaner, India
Dates: Varying dates in January (during the 10th month of the Indian lunar calendar)
Held over two days, it’s a homage to the humped ones. There are camel races, camel rides, camel tugs-of-war, a camel pageant, dancing camels, competitions for the best decorated camel and the best camel haircut, and even a camel beauty contest. Read more.

Festival in the Desert

Location: Essakane, Mali
Dates: Second weekend in January
For three days a year, a desolate patch of Saharan sand, 65km north of Timbuktu, hosts ‘the world’s most remote music festival’. Read more.

Voodoo Festival

Location: Ouidah, Benin.
Date: 10 January
The celebrations begin when the supreme voodoo priest slaughters a goat to honour the spirits, and are marked by much singing, chanting, dancing, beating of drums and drinking of gin. Read more.

Yamayaki

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Location: Mt Wakakusa-yama, Nara, Japan
Date: Second Sunday in January

The Wakakusa Yamayaki is an annual festival during which the grass on the hillside of Nara‘s Mount Wakakusayama is set on fire. Read More: www.japan-guide.com/e/e4118.html

Black Nazarene Procession

Location: Quiapo, Manila, Philippines
Date: 9 January
The miracle-wielding Black Nazarene is a life-size statue of Christ carved from ebony. It was brought to the Philippines from Mexico in the 17th century and placed in Manila’s Quiapo Church in 1767. Read more.

Ati-Atihan

Ati-Atihan

Location: Kalibo, Philippines.
Dates: Third week in January
The amazing Ati-Atihan is the Philippines’ biggest, wildest and best Mardi Gras, a week-long street party that rages from dawn to dusk, peaking on the third Sunday in January. Read more.

La Tamborrada (Drum Festival)

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Location: San Sebastian, Spain.
Date: 20 January

La fiesta comienza a la media noche del día 19 en la plaza de la Constitución con la izada de la bandera de la ciudad. La sociedad Gaztelubide y representantes de otras tamborradas comienzan a tocar la Marcha de San Sebastián, del maestro Raimundo Sarriegui y el resto de composiciones: Diana, Retreta, Tatiago, Iriyarena, Caballería de viejas, etc. Mas información |   Guía de San Sebastián accesible

Timkat (Epiphany)

Location: Fasilidas’ Bath, Gonder, Ethiopia
Dates: 18–20 January
Ethiopia’s most colourful festival commemorates Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan and is celebrated around the country, though it’s most spectacular in the former capital of Gonder. Read more.

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Need more festivals? Here’s a list of further events in January:

Accompong Maroon Festival (Accompong, Jamaica; 6 January) Celebrates the ongoing legacy of the Maroons (descendants of runaway slaves) with traditional dance, song and Maroon war drums.

Rose Parade (Los Angeles, USA; 1 January) www.tournamentofroses.com Cavalcade of floral floats along Pasadena’s Colorado Blvd, followed by the Rose Bowl football game.

Polar Bear Swim (Vancouver, Canada; 1 January) Welcome in the New Year on English Bay Beach, joining hundreds in an ice-cold winter dip.

Winter Festival (Moscow, Russia; 25 December-5 January) Outdoor funfest in which competing teams build elaborate ice sculptures in front of the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum and on Red Sq.

Kite Festival (Jaipur, India; 14 January) Celebrated all over India on Makar Sankranti, it’s most spectacular in Jaipur where, Kite Runner–style, participants compete to cut down each others’ kites in a crowded sky.

Gangasagar Mela (Sagar Island, India; 14 January) Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims converge to bathe en masse at the point where the Ganges meets the sea.

Vogel Gryff (Basel, Switzerland; 12, 20 or 27 January) www.vogel-gryff.ch, in German Symbolically chases away winter from Kleinbasel, with three key figures – the griffin (Vogel Gryff), the savage and the lion – dancing to a drum beat on a raft on the Rhine.

Dubai Shopping Festival (Dubai, United Arab Emirates; dates vary in January) www.dubaishoppingfestival.com Month-long shoppers’ bonanza in Arabia’s retail ringleader.

Tamworth Country Music Festival (Tamworth, Australia; culminating on last full weekend in January) www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au Ten-day festival featuring more than 700 artists.

World Buskers Festival (Christchurch, New Zealand; mid-January) www.worldbuskersfestival.com Ten-day gathering of the world’s best street performers.

Sundance Film Festival (Utah, USA: beginning on the third Thursday in January and running for 10 days) www.sundance.org/festival The USA’s largest independent film festival.

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo (Monte Carlo; from the third Thursday in January) www.montecarlofestivals.com, in French. Clowning around for 11 days in the cashed-up principality.

See festivals in other months of the year here.

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