Archive for September, 2011
Easter is one of the greatest feasts for the Christian. Easter is widely known as the day when Jesus resurrect from the death after being crucified for three days. Easter is always celebrated on Sunday between March 22 and April 25 while the crucifixion day itself is celebrated on Friday, two days before the Easter Day, also called as Good Friday. Many kinds of traditions are done during the Easter, but different countries usually have different traditions to celebrate the Easter. More >
A large collection of ancient buildings, monuments, and sculptures makes Egypt as one of the most favorite places all over the world. Tourists who comes to spend holiday in Egypt are usually confused about which attraction to visit first since all attractions in Egypt are as wonderful as the others. Pyramids, Sphinx, and River Nile are only a few places of interest in Egypt, there are still numerous phenomenal place which can be found in Egypt. More >
Are you looking for a place where your kids can enjoy as much as you? Tokyo might be the best answer. Tokyo is just like heaven for children. It has playgrounds, shops, museums, parks, and restaurants which are special for children. It is undoubtedly that the kids will enjoy spending their holidays in Tokyo. More >
Spain is full of unbelievable, unique, and even crazy festival. Besides La Tomatina Festival in Valencia which requires the participants to throw hundreds pounds of tomatoes and Running of the Bulls Festival that obliged the participants to run before the bulls, here comes another weird one called Baby Jumping Festival or El Colacho Festival. This five-days festival takes place between late May and early June. If La Tomatina Festival and Running of the Bulls Festival have the adults as the participants, El Colacho Festival is rather different since it requires babies under 1 year old to participate in a dangerous state.
The Baby Jumping Festival started in 1960 when the local villagers conducted an exorcism ritual in the town. It is believed that the festival has a great connection with one Christian feast – the Corpus Christi. According to Spanish tale and folklore, the purpose of this festival is to wipe out the evil spirit from the babies and also the town. The festival starts by setting out Spanish flag and decorating the town with colorful things. Then, series of traditions and ceremonies are held to cast the evil out of town.
The festival is ended by lying the babies on some mattress extended in a small street in Castillo de Murcia. Then, men wearing evil costumes come and start jumping the mattress one by one while keep running fast. When the last mattress has been jumped, the men in the devil costumes keep run away from the town as the symbol that the evil spirit has run away from the town. This festival is dangerous since there is a possibility that the men may step on the little baby. That’s why people and parents of the babies attending this festival can’t help hold their breath until the festival is over.
When the Baby Jumping Festival is over, people usually have fun together and enjoy shopping in the street markets which appear during the festival. Some villagers also make a food stall serving snacks and local food for the visitors from the inside and outside of Spain.
Thousand Island is the name of Indonesia’s group of 128 small islands located in the north east of Jakarta. In order to get there, people have to book a ferry or boat from Marina Ancol and sail for about 1 or 2 hours depending on which island the visitors want to visit. While crossing the sea in the ferry, visitors can feel the freshness of sea breeze and view some fishes swimming near the surface of the water. Thousand Island is such an ideal place for swimming, diving, snorkeling, or fishing because it is quite isolated from the rush of a big city like Jakarta. More >
Theme park is an ideal place for having an energetic vacation. More and more theme parks are built to fulfill people’s needs and desires. Formerly, theme parks used to be fairs, carnivals, or gardens which were built as recreation places for people. Later on, the fairs, carnivals, and gardens were developed into wider space completed with more attractions and playgrounds to be enjoyed by people. Nowadays, many theme parks are equipped with the more attractive attractions and thriller rides which are modern and safe. From many theme parks in the world, three of them are considered as the best theme parks in the world. More >
If you are getting bored with an expensive holiday in the beaches of your countries, then you have to come to Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya provides a very beautiful sight of beach for only a little money. Imagine how much money you need to spend for a drink in Cannes, France, or in the other places like Hawaii and Miami, while in Pattaya, you can get a drink for just 2 dollars. Numerous cheap hotels and condominiums are available in Pattaya, not to mention the very affordable public transportations there. More >
Hong Kong owns a very rich culture influenced by China and British. The combination of Asian and Western spirit makes the culture and tradition in Hong Kong different with the other countries. Besides the culture, Hong Kong is famous for its peaks, museums, and theme park. These three places become the favorites spots for both tourists and local citizens. Furthermore, Hongkong also has some street markets to fulfill the visitors’ desire of shopping. The best places to be visited by tourists in Hongkong are reviewed below. More >
Visiting Niagara Falls in Canada is not complete without dropping by Marineland Canada, a themed animal park in Canada. In Marineland, some attractions performed by sea creatures like whales and dolphins are held every day. Marineland Canada makes the visitors hold their breath by the attraction of gigantic killer whales and the cute white beluga whales. These two attractions become the major attractions which invite visitors to visit this place. More >
Christmas is probably the most famous holiday in the world. It is celebrated by the Christians every year on December 25 to commemorate the day when Jesus was born. Many people in the world celebrates Christmas by decorating a Christmas tree – pine trees decorated with small lamps, strands of colorful paper, small stars imitations, little angel, or cottons. Yet, there are also some traditions in Christmas which are different from one country to the others. Some Christmas tradition in different countries can be seen in the next paragraphs. More >