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welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:07 PM

A to Z: The Best Events in the World
 
FIFA World Cup

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Soccer may still be up and coming in the States, but football is absolutely adored by the rest of the world. The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most watched sporting event, with roughly half of the global population tuning in to watch at least one game. This makes the World Cup one of the biggest events in the world, with a scaleeven larger than that of the Summer or Winter Games.


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welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:08 PM

UEFA Champions League, the Euro Cup

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The best European football clubs compete nine months out of the year in a tournament that eventually whittles them down to the two very best. With such a long and grueling elimination process filled with rivalries, injuries, and dreams, the Champions League Final, hosted in a different European city each year, has a lot riding on it. There is nothing quite like watching two teams that have been playing their hardest for the last nine months come head to head. Plus, attending this must-see event gives you a chance to explore incredible European cities like Kiev, Ukraine, Cardiff, Wales, and Madrid, Spain.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:08 PM

The US Open, New York, NY

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One of four Grand Slam tournaments held annually across the world, the US Open is a grueling tennis championship played on hard courts. For a chance to watch the greatest tennis talent in the world competing for some high-stakes prize money and name recognition, all in the bustling metropolis of New York City, the US Open makes for an enthralling event for spectators.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:09 PM

Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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As one of the world’s oldest and most vibrant Carnival celebrations, the tradition of Rio Carnival began in 1723. In the almost 300 years since its first colonial inception, the festival has grown into a week long party with more than 2 million people in attendance. It is the biggest carnival of the year and begins every year just before Lent. The entire city is full of floats, samba schools, song, and dance. In terms of scope, atmosphere, location, and parties, Rio’s Carnival is one of the greatest must-see events around the world.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:12 PM

Mardi Gras Festival, New Orleans, LA

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Enter the world’s wildest Mardi Gras festival in the lively city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Distinct from Carnival celebrations held through out Europe and Latin America, New Orleans’ bucket list festival has its own flavor. For amazing Cajun food, colorful beads, incredible jazz music, and a wild parade and party, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the place to be in February.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:14 PM

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM

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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event and has over 500 balloons each year. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Balloon Fiesta Park, from which the

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:16 PM

Royal Ascot Races, Berkshire, UK

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The Ascot is a thoroughbred horse racing course in England, and the Royal Ascot Race is the gold standard for races worldwide, inspiring derbies across the globe. This particular race is steeped in tradition, dating back to 1711 with Queen Anne. If you ever wanted to see British royalty in person, this would be a prime place to do it as it is attended by the British Royal family every year.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:18 PM

The Winter Games

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The Winter Games are one of the world’s major international sporting events held every four years with winter-themed sports involving snow and ice. It currently is a three-week event with athletes around the world and takes place in February. These top world athletes compete in 15 various sports from ice hockey and figure skating to bobsledding and curling. An Olympic medal is the greatest honor an athlete can complete for, and the national pride and sense of community that these events bring out makes for an unforgettable experience.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:21 PM

Cricket World Cup

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Cricket is a European sport but is gaining popularity internationally, especially in former colonies like India. In 2015, the Cricket World Cup was hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand. It was the 11th Cricket World Cup, held on Valentine’s Day February 14th through March 29. The current competition consists of 14 teams who played in 49 different matches in 14 different venues. Australia Will Host the 2021 the Cricket World Cup.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:21 PM

The Summer Games

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One of the most prestigious events any city can host, the Summer Games are held every 4 years and bring together the world’s greatest athletes to compete for their countries. Filled with amazing athletic feats, inspirational underdog stories, and incredible international brotherhood and sportsmanship, the Summer Games are one of the most awe-inducing events you can witness in your lifetime.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:28 PM

Wimbledon, London, UK

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The Wimbledon Tennis Tournament is held every year and is the largest of the Grand Slam tournaments. The only international tennis tournament to be played on grass courts, a lot of care goes into preserving the greens and the formalities of this event. Expect certain traditions to be held in place as you attend – strict dress codes for the athletes, strawberries and cream for the attendees, and because it takes place in the UK, the British Royal family will be there. An elaborate queuing process makes Wimbledon one of very few international sporting events where spectators can obtain tickets the day of

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:30 PM

Le Tour de France

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The French event, Tour de France is one of the most grueling bicycle races on the planet. Lance Armstrong helped make this one famous by being its champion seven years a row from 1999 to 2005. It is a three-week tournament where cyclists race over 2200 miles (3500 km). The route changes every year, but always features the gorgeous French countryside as well as many famous monuments. Having the reputation of being the most physically demanding race in the international circuit, this is not an event you want to miss.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:31 PM

Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy

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One of the top Formula 1 races internationally, Monza’s Italian Grand Prix is one of the longest running races in the sport. The Italians may just love this sport more than any other nation, and the top automotive makers like Ferrari and Lamborghini are out in full-swing for this event to showcase their brands. OFFICIAL SITE HERE

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:33 PM

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

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The Alpine World Ski Championships is another major international sporting event featuring several countries. Many of these countries participate in the Winter Olympics. For several decades, this event was directly connected to the Winter Olympics, but in the 1980s, they were held independently. Currently, they are held biannually in the odd-numbered years. They are scheduled to be hosted in Italy in 2021.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:34 PM

Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup is a men’s international tournament. Inaugurated in 1987, Australia and New Zealand initially co-hosted the tournament. The award for the Rugby World Cup is the Webb Ellis Cup. Originally, 16 international teams were invited to participate, but since 1999, 20 teams have been competing. The next championship that will take place in 2019 will feature Japan’s first entry. If you’re not familiar with Rugby, think of it like American football with fewer rules. And with less padding and head gear, the athletes inevitably tackle one another differently.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:35 PM

Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, FL

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One of the most famous NASCAR races, this one takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is 500 miles long and part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It is the first of the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with the second one being the Coke Zero 400 that is held at Daytona. The Daytona 500 is considered the most prestigious NASCAR race and the one where the most prize money is won. It has been dubbed as the “Great American Race” as well as the “Super Bowl of Stock-Car Racing.” OFFICIAL SITE HERE

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:36 PM

Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain

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There really is no comparison to the Running of the Bulls and the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain. For eight incredible days, the city on Pamplona takes on a playful mystique, consumed by the perpetual state of bliss that the celebration brings. At what other international cultural event can you mix religion, thrills, parties, parades… and bovines?

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:37 PM

Carnival of Venice

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The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famed for its elaborate masks. Approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for the Carnival. One of the most important events is the contest for la maschera più bella (“the most beautiful mask”) placed at the last weekend of the Carnival and judged by a panel of international costume and fashion designers.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:38 PM

Diwali, Festival of Lights, Mumbai, India

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Diwali (or Deepavali, the “Festival of Lights”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. Deepavali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main
festival night of Deepavali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Deepavali falls between mid-October and mid-November.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:39 PM

The Ganesh Celebrations, Dehli, India

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Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Celebrations are traditionally held on the fourth day of the first fortnight in the month of Bhaadrapada in the Hindu calendar, usually August or September in the Gregorian calendar. The festival generally lasts ten days, ending on the fourteenth day of the fortnight. The public celebration involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public pandals (temporary shrines) and group worship. At home, an appropriately-sized clay image is installed and worshiped with family and friends.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:41 PM

Holi Festival of Colors, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other Hindu regions

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Holi is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. In recent years, the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:44 PM

Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France

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The Cannes Festival, named until 2002 as the International Film Festival (Festival International du Film) and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is considered the most prestigious film festival in the world and is one of the most publicized. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:50 PM

Take Part in the Hajj Pilgrimage

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The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims, who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Sawm. The gathering during Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:51 PM

La Tomatina, Valencia, Spain

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One of the most famous festivals in Spain, La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain 30 km/ 19 miles from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945, it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol. The fight lasts for an hour, after which the whole town square is covered with tomato
paste. Fire trucks hose down the streets and participants use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:53 PM

Purna Kumbh Mela, Ganges River, India

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Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. It is considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world where around 100 million people were expected to visit during the Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013 in Allahabad. It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayaga), Nashik and Ujjain. Thus the Kumbh Mela is held at each of these four places every twelfth year.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:54 PM

Cervia International Kite Festival, Cervia, Italy

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The Cervia International Kite Festival is a unique gathering of kite artists from all over the world and the event is in its 33rd edition, meaning that the Festival has been running for quite some time now. There are only a handful of festivals in the world that can show off such a long history and still have the same organizers. Also, the event takes place in a beautiful place: along the beach of Pinarella di Cervia, a popular summer destination in Italy with very warm weather and gentle onshore breezes, making it ideal for kiting. It takes place from 20th April to 1st May.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:55 PM

The French Open, Paris, France

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Starting in late May and ending during the second week of June, the French Open is a fabulous opportunity to see the world’s most romantic sport in the world’s most romantic city. The French Open may be notorious for being the most physically grueling of all of the Grand Slam Tournaments, but it is also the most fashionable which makes for some awesome people watching.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:58 PM

Comic-Con, San Diego, CA

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Nerds and geeks of all shapes, sizes, species, and fandoms show up in droves for Comic-Con. This multi-day event brings awareness and appreciation for comics and art, and is perhaps most famous for the elaborate Cosplay of its attendees. Attend workshops, panels, film and anime screenings, competitions and art shows. Meander through the massive Exhibition Hall, and get autographs from your favorite actors, authors and artists. The nighttime parties, hosted and attended by celebrities, organizations and media companies, such as Buzzfeed, IMDb and Warner Bros., offer chances to let loose after long days of attending various events. Between the costumes and the celebrities in attendance, Comic-Con truly offers some of the greatest people watching in the world.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 05:59 PM

Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Also known as the Festival of Lights, Yi Peng is among the most iconic and photogenic festivals in the world. Unique to Northern Thailand, Yi Peng is a festival in celebration of the last full moon of the Thai lunar calendar (usually falling in November). It also marks the passing of the monsoon season, making way for the
coolest season of the year to begin. Though multiple cities in the northern region of Thailand celebrate this festival, Chiang Mai is undoubtedly the center of the action. Before the festival begins, the city is adorned with flower wreathes and decorations, especially in its many Buddhist temples. Attending the Festival of Lights
is exactly as ethereal as it sounds. After the sun sets, you will see thousands of paper lanterns float away into the night sky. During the festival, all of Chiang Mai smells of fragrant incense.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 06:12 PM

Junkanoo, Nassau, Bahamas

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Winter’s wildest party can be found in the Bahamian capital city of Nassau on December 26th and January 1st. The Junkanoo Festival is a huge street celebration that’s half carnival and half masquerade ball. Beginning at around 2 a.m., elaborately-costumed dancers and lavishly decorated floats begin to parade down Nassau’s streets to the beat of goombay drums. Many of the people who participate in the parade work on their costumes all year long. Those judged to have the most extravagant costumes have their handiwork displayed in the Junkanoo Expo Museum.

welcomewiki 05-24-2021 06:13 PM

Voga alla Veneta, Venice, Italy

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Is there any image more classically Venetian than the Italian city’s canals filled with gondolas? If you have ever dreamed of being rowed through the waterways of Venice by an Italian man in a striped shirt, there is simply no better time to make it happen than the Voga alla Veneta festival: Venice’s annual citywide gondola
race. The afternoon’s festivities kick off with a large boat parade along the city’s canals with historical boats oared by expert oarsmen dressed in historical costumes. Then, it’s off to the races with several different age group competitions over courses of different lengths. While these events often quite often throughout the year, the Voga alla Veneta that is normally held on the first Saturday in September is the one that everyone looks forward to the most and is usually the largest of these races.


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