Festivals, especially the ones involving merrymaking, enthuse one with happiness! Some of them witness a gathering of millions, while others get a crowd of thousands or hundreds.
Whatever the size, such events win over participants and onlookers alike. We have shortlisted certain popular festivals, which will be celebrated this September.
Joust of the Saracen
The Joust of the Saracen is one of the oldest and most prominent traditions of Arezzo – a city and comune in Italy. Celebrated twice a year, it sees city people in primitive costumes excitedly re-creating the atmosphere of medieval Arezzo. Different quarters contend against each other in a joust to win the Golden Lance. Currently, there are 8 knights for 4 quarters of the city.
Date: 4th September
Also known as Vināyaka Caturthi, the Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival commemorated in the honour of Lord Ganesha – The Remover of Obstacles. Colourful pandals are set up almost everywhere in India and the God is worshipped for a period of 10 days. Held throughout the country, the grandest form of commemoration takes place in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Telangana. It is celebrated overseas as well by the Hindu diaspora.
Date: 5th September
The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is an annual fest, which is held in a small village of the English Midlands. The participants accept six sets of deer antlers from the church. These antiques are nearly 1000 years old and weigh 7 to 11 kilograms. For the next 12 hours, the objects are handled by the ‘deer men’. Individuals dressed as fictional characters cover a distance of 16 kilometres and stop frequently to dance to music created by a melodeon and triangle player.
Date: 12th September
The Mid-Autumn Festival is observed on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. The Chinese people spend this day with their families. In fact, many of the Chinese living in a foreign land also fly back to their nation meet their families. The Chinese believe that full moon is a symbol of peace, opulence, and family reunion. On Mid-Autumn night, the harvest moon is supposed to be the brightest and the fullest of the year, hence it is termed as the ‘Moon festival’.
Date: 15th September
Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival
Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival is the oldest oyster festival in the world. It is also one of Europe’s longest-running food extravaganzas. Events like seafood trails, oyster opening championships, and foodie talks are conducted. Important personalities such as John Huston (Director), Bob Hope (Actor), Christy O’Connor JR (Golfer), and Richard Corrigan (Chef) have been a part of Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival.
Date- 23rd to 25th September