There is no shortage of colorful and exciting holidays around the world, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be celebrating it together with the locals and even our neighbors who come from the countries that observe those festivities. With that in mind, here are 10 holidays from around the world we believe should be on your “Holiday Bucket List” for years to come!
India’s most popular holiday and one celebrated even in the furthest reaches of the Indian diaspora despite differences in religion, Holi is a spring festival known as the “Festival of Colors” that is meant to symbolize the love between Radha and Krishna, supreme deities within Hinduism. During Holi, celebrants whisk and splash colored powder and liquids on each other, meant to show the colorful romance between the aforementioned gods, and the colors that spring brings now that the winter has passed. Holi is often held in the last days of March.
Songkran is celebrated around April 12-15 annually and is known worldwide as the Thai New Year, which has deep ties to the country’s Buddhist heritage. You know it’s Songkran when you’re walking down Bangkok and all of a sudden people splash you with a bucket-load of water. Songkran is all about whacking each other with a thick splash of fragrance-laced water meant to purify someone or something for the coming year, and no one is safe; not Buddhist monks, statues, and even elephants!
3. Sham el-Nessim
Sham el-Nessim, celebrated annually after Easter Sunday, is similar to Songkran and Holi in two aspects: it is a New Year’s celebration specifically for the Egyptian people, and it predates many of the world’s largest religions, so it is celebrated regardless of religious affiliation. It is one of the oldest holidays in the world, with proof of celebrations dating back to as early as 2,500 BCE. During Sham el-Nessim, families get together for picnics, eating fermented fish called Fesikh, and coloring boiled eggs which is eaten later in the day. Because of the custom of coloring eggs, it is widely believed that the concept of Easter eggs was derived from Sham el-Nessim.
4.) Africa Day
Celebrated on May 25 annually, Africa Day celebrates the achievements, contributions, innate love, and solidarity among the people of the African diaspora and with the world. Additionally, Africa Day is also indicative of the continued fight for all people of black descent to rise above preconceived notions of race that many in the Western world still possess. Celebrations of Africa Day mostly revolve around public gatherings and feasts filled with African specialties from all around the continent.
5.) Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr, celebrated annually in the early half of mid-May, is known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”. It is celebrated by Muslims worldwide, and one of the best holidays you can ask for after a grueling sacrifice. Ramadan, which begins in early April, marks the start of a month-long fast where Muslims cannot eat from dawn to sunset. Eid al-Fitr breaks that fast, and as such, Muslims enjoy festive meals while offering Eid prayers in mass gatherings.
Of course, there are so much more wonderful holidays around the world, so definitely expect a part two! We love to be part of these celebrations as much as you do, and Sankara offers Meal Box and Catering from many of the world cuisines related to these holidays to help you celebrate the festivities!