03. October 2011 · Write a comment · Categories: Festivals · Tags: ,

If you’re a traveler that is looking for adventure mixed with rich history, then The Race of the Candles is the perfect festival destination for you.  It’s a tradition that has been carried on since 1242, and perhaps the most amazing part is that little about the festival has changed over the centuries.

Corsa Dei Ceri, or the Race of the Candles, is one of the most popular festivals worldwide as well as one of the most exciting.  And contrary to popular belief, it’s got nothing to do with actual candles.  The ancient festivity is held each year in Gubbio, Italy beginning on May 3rd and culminating on May 15th.  It consists of teams of young men carrying three ‘Ceri’, enormous wooden biers each weighing nearly half a ton and topped with the statue of a different Saint, through the steep streets of Gubbio and up Mount Ingino to the Basilica of St. Ubaldo.  The winner of the “race” is determined not by which group finishes first, but by the team that exhibits the most skill.  It is an experience not to be missed.

Each year, thousands of spectators gather to watch the incredible feat of strength and rich tradition and to partake in the colorful celebration that accompanies the event.  Gubbio also boasts of a myriad of restaurants, Bistros and Cafés that serve traditional Umbian dishes like torta al testo, to add a tasty addition for those traveling to see the festivities. 


Source.: worldnomads.com


Location: Fair Grounds, New Orleans, USA

Dates: Last weekend of April and first weekend of May

Description: Where else would you want your jazz than in the city that spawned it? After Mardi Gras, ‘Jazz Fest’ is New Orleans’ second-biggest reason to party, a feel-good musical smorgasbord served up on more than 10 stages across two weekends.

Jazz Fest began as a celebration of the city’s 250th birthday in 1968, an event that attracted musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck. After struggling with poor attendance, it moved to the Fair Grounds in 1972 and began showcasing different musical forms in addition to its staple jazz. The event boomed and continues to do so, with headline acts in 2007 alone including Norah Jones, Van Morrison, Harry Connick Jr, Rod Stewart, ZZ Top and Steely Dan.

The Fair Grounds are open 11am to 7pm, but Jazz Fest continues well into the wee hours in bars and clubs throughout the city.

 The festival schedule comes out in January, and it’s wise to make reservations early – entry is by daily tickets. Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat, some water and a blanket for chilling out between concerts.

Local Attractions:
 Jazz up your day further by visiting the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the French Quarter, recounting the history and culture of the music.

More Info:
 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ( +1…; www.nojazzfest.com)

International music and arts festival held in Norfolk and Norwich, UK in May.

Includes classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance, music, literature.


When: May 25
Where: Granada, Spain

Festival Description: Outdoor dancing and a variety of cultural events mark the anniversary of the death of Granada’s young political heroine Mariana Pineda. She was imprisoned and killed for her liberal beliefs, for conspiracy against the ultra-conservative government, and for her refusal to name her fellow liberal “conspirators.”