Thursday, 16 March 2017

TOP 5 Amazing Fruit Festivals From Around The World

1. The Day of Orange, Amsterdam

Every year, big famous holiday takes place – the Day of Orange, or Queen’s Day currently Kings day. This fruit festivals is associated with the birthday of the monarch and regarded as a day of national unity and solidarity (Saamhorigheid). King’s day (Koningsdag) or Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) is a national holiday, which is celebrated in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Currently, celebrated on April 27, before it was celebrated on August 31 and   April 30. In 2014 the King’s Day was celebrated on April 26, because the 27th was Sunday.
On the Day of orange in the streets of Amsterdam the real Orange Revolution begins. Everybody wants to wear orange clothes, because orange colour is the traditional color of the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. Also there is a variety of orange posters hanging on walls, orange kites flying in the sky.
During the celebration of the Day of Orange, the Dutch not only eat citruses, they also participate in fairs and have fun.A great part of the festival are orange and lemon sculptures. These unusual works of art often reveal monarchical theme, portraying the queen, castles or palaces. But the range of themes has no limits, and artists over and over again find a way to surprise the Dutch and tourists. Such sculptures are also created at the Fruit Festivals of lemons in Menton, France – but in those sculptures yellow dominates.
2. Menton Lemon Festival, France

Fоr more than 80 years in the town of Menton, which is situated in the south of France an unusual holiday takes place – the Day of lemons in Menton. This festival has a rich history. Lemon is a symbol of Menton. The city legend says, that the city grew on the spot where Eve buried a lemon in the garden of Eden. Lemon from Menton surely is the king of  lemons: the warm climate of the French Riviera makes it possible to grow them year-round. The unique climate here will allow to harvest three crops per year. The biggest harvest is in March-April. The festival was conceived as a preparation for the richest harvest season in Menton.
It takes place every year in late February – early March and lasts just over two weeks.
About 130 tons of delicious citrus fruits are used for the preparation of this holiday. Citrus fruits are used for decoration of streets, houses and trees: a variety of figures from lemons, castles from lemons and oranges, cartoon characters, garlands with  lemons, tuples of yellow fruit, etc. The whole city is transformed during the holiday. You can see the clowns, dancers, circus performers and artists. Music is played everywhere and does not cease even at night.
Festival of lemons in France is a great event, along with the carnival in Nice, it is visited annually by thousands of tourists.
3. Pineapple festival, Thailand

June in Thailand is the beginning of fruit season. At this time, dozens of delicious fruits become ripe, and the inhabitants of the country, grateful for the harvest, organize numerous festivals.
The first one is the pineapple festival, held in Lampang Province on June 2. This tradition has been around for several decades, but every year the Thais spend three days of the festival with the same joy. There are about 80 varieties of these healthy fruits in this country.
The festival begins with pineapple agricultural fair. Transactions between producers and processors of fruit take place here, there is an exchange of experiences on successful harvests. Also, there is sort of “fruit exhibition”, where in addition to pineapple and dishes with them, also various other vegetables, fruits, sweets and souvenirs are available.
The Fair is opened with colourful show, during which the streets are flooded with numerous fruit carts, decorated with flowers and bright ribbons, as well as hundreds of dancing and singing people. By the way, all the festival people in this province organize numerous competitions, including sports, games, music etc. Prizes are usually pineapples and small amounts of money.
One more outstanding event takes place on the third day of the festival here  – the choice of Miss Pineapple of the year. It doesn’t mean that she should look like the symbol of the holiday or to wear a pineapple suit. Everything looks like a regular beauty contest in which young Thais competing in charm and talent. After results are done, people are choosing one winner that closes the festival and remains the owner of the honorary title until next June.
4. Mango festival, India

Mango is a national fruit of India. This king of Indian fruits is popular and loved, not only for the fragrant aroma, but also due to the fact that the leaves of mango, posted in front of the house, confer health and prosperity. India grows over 550 varieties of mangoes, and the annual harvest is about 9.5 million tons of  wonderful fruit.
In the first half of July, in the midst of collecting mangoes, in New Delhi, a festival of this amazing fruit begins. Mango International Festival in New Delhi is organized by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, in coordination with other organizations in the popular Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
At the festival in New Delhi, farmers come from many states of India to exchange experiences. They bring with them a variety of mango in sizes, colours and shapes. The result is a fantastic exhibition of yellow, green and reddish fruits from small to large. A variety of flavors surprises visitors too: sour-sweet and sugary, solid and literally melting in your mouth. More than 50 manufacturers present their fruit here. It is also a great opportunity to show their products to local juice factories and canneries.
There is a huge amount of mangoes from different states of India here. Such mango varieties as Langda, Dasheri, Alphons, Fasli, Bombay Green, Sindheri, Chausa attract many visitors to the festival from all states of India.
Some people carry out a tasting of mango (and, as a rule, all tastings are free), others enjoy dancing and singing, praising the fruit. You can also see folk groups who dedicate their art to a favorite fruit of India. One of the main components of the festival is a competition where everyone can compete in a mango eating race. And, of course, people sell different varieties of mangoes at the lowest prices.
You can also enjoy the best Indian chef dishes at the festival. They know how to  make a real culinary masterpiece from mango. In fact, it is very strange to observe that fruits in India  can be fried, boiled, etc. Typically, most of them are eaten raw here.
5. Marino Grape Festival, Italy

If you choose to travel to Italy, try to get to the festival, dedicated to the harvest of grapes which is held in Marino. Marino Grape Festival is the famous autumn festival in Italy. It is bright and full of ancient traditions of the holiday, one of the oldest of these harvest festivals in the country, combined with a tasting of local wines and the best varieties grapes.
By tradition, the festival is held annually since 1925 at the first Sunday of October. Every year to celebrate the harvesting, people prepare 3000 liters of local white wine, made of 150 tons of grapes.
Grape festival has a religious basis. On the first Sunday in October, the Catholic Church celebrates the day of the Madonna del Rosario.
During holidays, the city is decorated with images of vines, lanterns, flowers and ribbons. Historical parades and costumed processions are taking place through the main streets of the city. Italians decorate with grapes statues of the town, because they believe that if you feed sculptures with grapes, prosperity and happiness will reign in the house all year round.
The highlight of the festival’s performance is switching on the Fountain of the Four Moors. It’s full of wine instead of water this day.


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