Festivals of June
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Festivals of June

Today we have prepared for you a little surprise. It is a list of events and festivals in June that you can visit, from all around the world. We hope you will find something interesting and special for yourself.

Enjoy the month! Do not lose your opportunity to spend a great time.

Gawai Dayak Festival

1 June – Asia, Malaysia Sarawak

Gawai Dayak Festival

Gawai Dayak Festival

Singing and dancing festival in Malasia symbolise a start of the farming season! If you have never visited East Malaysia, this is definitely a good time to visit Sarawak and have a taste of its local culture and be a part of the festivity.

Sindhu Darshan Festival

1 June -Asia, India, River Sindhu, Shey Manla, Leh, Ladakh

Sindhu Darshan Festival

Sindhu Darshan Festival

The Sindhu Darshan Festival, as the name suggests, is a celebration of River Sindhu, also known as the Indus. The main reason behind the celebration of Sindhu Darshan Festival is to endorse the Indus River (Sindhu River) as an icon of the communal harmony and unity of India. The festival is also a symbolic salutation to the courageous soldiers of the country, who endanger their life to save.

Luberon Jazz Festival

2 June – Europe, France, Rhone Valley

Luberon Jazz Festival

Luberon Jazz Festival (ends June 7)

This is a real citizen-targeted festival that covers all possible avenues for the greatest numbers of jazz lovers. It’s a festival that’s deeply rooted in its region, especially with the Rural Detour. It’s a festival with programming that’s joyfully open to all styles of jazz. Today Luberon Jazz is a not-to-be-missed event on the circuit of top French jazz festivals.

Waisak Festival

3 June – Asia, Indonesia

Waisak Festival

Waisak Festival

Waisak Festival, a Buddhist festival celebrates the birth, death and the enlightenment of Siddharth Gautam as Buddha Shakyamuni. Waisak is called Buddha’s day. At Borobudur, thousands of Buddhist monks will join together to repeat mantras and meditate as they circuit the temple in a ritual called “Pradaksina”. This is a form of tribute to the temple. Monks celebrate the special day by bottling holy water (which symbolises humility) and transporting flames (which symbolize light and enlightenment) from location to location. The monks also took part in the “Pindapata” ritual, where they received charity from the people of Indonesia. Waisak Day in Indonesia has been celebrated as a national public holiday every year since 1983.

Distortion festival

3 June – Europe, Denmark, Copenhagen

Distortion festival

Distortion festival (ends June 7)

When Distortion hits Copenhagen, it will be with street parties, night parties, Final Party, chill-out events and a harbour party on the programme. Everything stems from Distortion’s core – an exploration of partying as an event and concept. Distortion takes place in a new part of Copenhagen every night and thus moves around the city. The Final Party is the culmination and biggest event during Distortion.

Los Diablos Danzantes

4 June – South America, Venezuela San Francisco de Yare

Los Diablos Danzantes

Los Diablos Danzantes

In this folkloric, festivity devotion is given to the patron saint Saint Francis of Paola, to the Blessed Sacrament and to Jesus Christ. The celebration starts Wednesday with a wake where fulías (a native music style) are played, décimas (a native form of poetry) are recited and rosaries and other prayers are prayed until dawn. The next day the devoted disguised as devils perform dances around the principal square of the town. They also parade through the streets, dressed in their red costumes and their masks, dancing to the rhythm of corríos (octosyllabic musical poems).

Monterey Wine Festival (ends June 7)

5 June – North America, USA California

Monterey Wine Festival

Monterey Wine Festival (ends June 7)

With hundreds of wines offered for tasting, wine lovers will find an embarrassment of riches awaiting them at the Monterey Wine Festival

Istanbul Shopping Festival (ends June 28)

6 June – Asia, Turkey Istanbul

 

El Colacho

7 June – Europe, Spain Castrillo de Murcia

El Colacho

Festival of jumping over babies. Dance, Music. Attention – no babies were injured during this shots.

Antigone today (ends June 12)

8 June, Europe, Italy, Milan

 

Too Late! (Antigone) Contest#2

Antigone today (ends June 12)

Compelling and intensely physical theatre from a company that take-no-prisoners…

Too Late!  is a modern take on an ancient tragedy. Celebrated Italian company Motus reinterpret Antigone in typically fearless style. Sophocle’s themes of anarchy, state control and civil disobedience parallel current world events in this powerful and urgent piece.

Pierre Biner called Antigone “a tragedy of the too late”, where all the characters come to their senses only after irreparable actions. This contemporary reworking poses the question – is it also too late for us?

The Midnight Sun Film Festival (ends June 14)

10 June – Europe, Finland Sodankylä

The Midnight Sun Film Festival

The Midnight Sun Film Festival (ends June 14)

The Midnight Sun Film Festival is non-competitive. The program consists mostly from the films of the main guests, 20–30 modern movies from all parts of the world, contemporary Finnish films and cinema classics, some of which are usually presented as “master classes” by various film theory experts. Typically the festival introduces 4–5 directors from younger generations who are also guests at the festival. In recent years, the yearly attendance has been between 15,000 and 25,000.

All film lovers you definitely need to buy tickets here!

Isle of Wight Festival 2015

11 June – Europe, UK Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

 

World Toe Wrestling Championship 2015

11 June – Europe, UK Bentley Brook Inn, Derbyshire, England

World Toe Wrestling Championship 2015

We have never seen a funnier way to socialise!

Taste the Helderberg

Africa, South Africa Helderberg

 

Taste the Helderberg

Taste the Helderberg

Meadows in the Mountains (ends June 14)

12 June – Europe, Bulgaria

Meadows in the Mountains (ends June 14)

Meadows In The Mountains is like no other festival in the world. Nestled in the stunning heart of the Rhodopian Mountains near Bulgaria’s Greek border, set in an otherworldly and jaw-dropping setting that is unmatched anywhere on the planet.

A truly encompassing and unique music and arts festival which brings to life the possibility of real adventure embraced by guaranteed Sun and friendly faces fused with a thoughtful, inspired and explorative music and arts line up, the festival burns brightly all day and all night against the magical back drop of the intimately beautiful mountain top scenery that makes this festival so very special.

Bali Arts Festival (ends July 11)

13 June -Asia, Indonesia Denpasar (near Kuta Beach)

Bali Arts Festival (ends July 11)

The Bali Arts Festival is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and other related cultural and commercial activities during which literally the whole of Bali comes to the city to present its offerings of dance, music and beauty. On display are trances from remote mountain slopes, forgotten or recently revived village dances, food and offering contests, classical palace dances, stars of Balinese stage, odd musical performances, “kreasi baru” (new creations) from the dance schools of Denpasar, as well as contemporary choreography and dance companies from other islands and from abroad.

Sanno Matsuri Festival

17 June – Asia,  Japan Tokyo

Sanno Matsuri Festival

Sanno Matsuri Festival

About 300 people dressed in ancient costumes parade through the heart of Tokyo including Tokyo Station, Ginza, and in front of the Diet Building. Consisting of mikoshi (portable shrines) adorned with a phoenix on the roof, dashi floats, people carrying drums, people on horseback, the procession extends over a length of 600 meters. You will also see people dressed as the legendary goblin called Tengu, characterized by a red face and a long nose, and believed to possess supernatural powers. The procession which departs from Hie-jinja Shrine at 8 o’clock in the morning does not return to the shrine until early in the evening.

Sonar Festival (ends June 20)

18 June – Europe , Spain, Barcelona

Queenstown Winter Festival

19 June – Oceania, New Zeeland Queenstown

Queenstown Winter Festival

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter like only Queenstown can, with street parties, fireworks, music, comedy, family fun and madness up the mountain.

But icons like this don’t just happen overnight, the Queenstown Winter Festival has been forty years in the making.

Way back in 1975, a bunch of locals decided that the start of winter was a great excuse to have a party. They organised races on the mountains, with lollies for the little people and beers for the bigger people. With a concert or two and a town-wide ball thrown in, the Festival was a great success. News of the fun spread quickly and the next year people came from further afield to join the festivities.

Phi Ta Khon Festival

19 June – Asia, North Eastern Thailand

Phi Ta Khon Festival

Sometimes known as Ghost Festival, is the most common name for a group of festivals held in Dan Sai, Loei province, Isan, Thailand. The events take place over three days some time between March and July, the dates being selected annually by the town’s mediums.

The whole event is called Bun Luang, part of a Buddhist merit-making holiday also known as Bun Phawet.

The first day is the Ghost Festival itself, also called Wan Ruam (assembly day). The town’s residents invite protection from Phra U-pakut, the spirit of the Mun river. They then hold a series of games and take part in a procession wearing masks made of rice husks or coconut leaves with hats made from rice steamers, plus patchwork clothing. They also wear bells and wave wooden phalluses.

The origins of this part of the festival are traditionally ascribed to a story of the Vessantara Jataka in which the Buddha in one of his past lives as a prince made a long journey and was presumed dead. The celebrations on his return were so raucous as to wake the dead.

The second day of the festival incorporates elements of the Rocket Festival, plus costume and dance contests and more parades.

On the third and final day, the villagers listen to sermons from Buddhist monks.

Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival

20 June- Asia, China Around Hong Kong’s islands and rivers

Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival, Duānwǔ Jié, Double Fifth, Tuen Ng Jit) is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration where many eat rice dumplings (zongzi), drink realgar wine (xionghuangjiu), and race dragon boats. Other activities include hanging icons of Zhong Kui (a mythic guardian figure), hanging mugwort and calamus, taking long walks, writing spells and wearing perfumed medicine bags.

Festa de Sao Joao

23 June – Europe, Portugal, Oporto

Festa de Sao Joao

Festival of St John of Porto is a festival that happens every year, on the night of 23 June (Midsummer), in the city of Porto, in the north of Portugal, thousands of people come to the city centre and more traditional neighborhoods to pay a tribute to Saint John the Baptist, in a party that mixes sacred and profane traditions.

The festivities have been held in the city for more than six centuries, yet it was during the 19th century that Saint John’s day became impregnated in the city’s culture and assumed the status of the city’s most important festival. An interesting tradition among the people of Porto during the ‘Festa de São João’, with roots in pagan courtship rituals, is to hit each other either with garlic flowers or soft plastic hammers.

Inti Raymi

24 June -South America, Peru, Cusco

Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi, or the “Festival of the Sun”  is the date of the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Indigenous communities throughout the Andean highland countries of South America celebrate the winter solstice with ceremonies designed to bring the Sun back and shorten the longest night. Incan in origin, Inti Raymi honored the sun as the source of light, heat, and life and celebrated the start of a new planting season.

Provinssirock

24 June – Europe, Finland Seinajoki

Rock Werchter

25 June -Europe, Belgium, Werchter

Boi Bumba Festival

26 June, South America, Brazil

Boi Bumba Festival

The Boi Bumbá festival presents myths, tales and legends using characters, parade carts and giant puppets followed by the words of a master of ceremonies who describes in detail every bit of the action.

It is an incredible musical and theatrical experience, a religious procession, a tribal ritual, a giant puppet show, a fairy tale of powerful villains and brave heroes, a folk art presentation, a major party for the audience and an energizing choreography of the galera (gah-le-rah), all at once. The characters in the performance come from the Boi Bumbá tale. There are two teams called Bois (plural of Boi). Each one tells the same story in all three night of the festival, amounting to 6 different performances of the same show. But every night is different because legends, rituals, dances, puppets, garments, alegorias, they all change and create the show anew.

World BodyPainting Festival

28 June – Europe, Austria Portschach

World BodyPainting Festival

The festival lasts a week, of which the first four days consist of over fifty special workshops and lessons run by the WB Academy, and the last three days consist of the actual festival event in the body paint city, which is open to the public without prior reservation. The festival event is open for both adults and children, and many families come there together.

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