A Festival for Every Season
by Anna Maria Cos Alcantara
This 2019, treat yourself to one festival every season in various parts of the world celebrating life in various ways:
WINTER – Feb. 19, 2019 – Taiwan Lantern Festival
The Taiwan Lantern Festival is an annual celebration famous for its lighting of thousands of sky lanterns in the south side of the country, and great fireworks display in the
north. Think of it as your real life Tangled moment when Rapunzel finally got to see her floating lights – except you can see it for yourself in real life in a country not too far away from the Philippines.
SPRING – April 27, 2019 – King’s Day, the Netherlands
Every year, the entire Dutch country wears orange from head to toe in celebration of their royal family’s colors. Back in 2014 on my first visit to Amsterdam, it was then called Queen’s Day in celebration of the then Queen’s birthday, but when her son ascended the throne, King’s Day is celebrated on his birthday. In Amsterdam, festivities take place everywhere and everyone is celebrating along the canals. It is also customary that the day after, Amsterdam becomes one big flea market where people sell old belongings – think of it as a city-wide garage sale!
SUMMER – July 18 to August 11, 2019 – Winemaker’s Festival,
Switzerland While there are many cities in the world know for their wine, it is only in the Swiss town of Vevey that hosts the oldest wine festival – Fete des Vigneros. This festival was last held in 1999 and brings people together to participate in Switzerland’s winemaking tradition with a great view of the Alps.
FALL – November 30 to December 11 – SEA Games, Philippines
Once again, the Philippines will be hosting the Southeast Asian games – a festival of sports! This year, it’s set to make history as for the first time it will feature e-sports. The opening ceremony is set to take place at the Philippine Arena, and will be closing at the Athletics Stadium in Tarlac. Consider this your advanced warning, as well as roads, will surely get crowded – different sporting events are set to take place in Manila, Clark,
Subic, and Tagaytay.