The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which will last until 29th August, kick starts today. It is the largest arts festival in the world, featuring 3,269 shows in 294 venues this year. Simply known as the Fringe, the festival has been established in 1947 and takes place yearly in Scotland’s capital.
The annual National Eisteddfod of Wales will be held on 29th July to 6th August this year. This celebration is called Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru in Welch language. It is the culmination of the Welsh cultural calendar. The festival travels to different venues every year.
12th July is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne, known as the Twelfth. It was a battle in 1690 between Protestant King William of Orange and Catholic King James II. King William’s victory at the River Boyne, began the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland.
The first sighting of a new moon signifies the Eid al-Fitr, which is the official end of Ramadan and the first day of the month of Shawwal. Muslims around the world celebrate this conclusion of the holy month of fasting and the start of a feast that will last up to three days. It is also known as the Feast of Fast-Breaking and the Lesser Feast. It is one of the two major Islam Festivals, with Eid al-Adha or Sacrifice Feast being the holier one.
For the first time since 1948, the Summer Solstice or the longest day of the year has coincided with the June full moon called the Strawberry Moon. The 17 long hours of sunlight will yield bright moonlit skies and such extraordinary astrological event will be witnessed around the world.
The heavens have blessed the Queen’s 90th Birthday with rain showers, but the heavy downpour did not stop spectators from capping off the three-day event. To show their love for Queen Elizabeth II, thousands of people braved the rain to join the street party right outside Buckingham Palace in England, London today.
Duanwu Festival, also referred as the Dragon Boat Festival, is one of the most significant celebrations in China and Chinese communities all over the world. This event is commemorated on the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunar calendar, which falls on June 9 this year.
Corpus Christi is observed in the United Kingdom by Christians, especially those who are Roman Catholics. This tradition is done in honour of the Holy Eucharist. Other names for it are the Feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ and Day of Wreaths. This year, it falls on Thursday 26 May.
Beltane (or Beltain) is the Celtic festival of fire. It is usually celebrated on 1 May or around the midpoint from the spring equinox to the summer solstice. It marks the start of summer and celebrates fertility. It originated in ancient Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.