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European festivals


The lemon festival is held annually in the French resort town of Menton, near the Italian border. From all of the winter holidays on the Cote d’azur, it is second in popularity only to the carnival in nice, attracting more than 230 thousand people. Once one of the most important European producers of lemons in Menton these days is painted in juicy yellow-orange tone. Constructed fantastic sculptural composition of citrus, arranged a carnival parade with floats decorated with Sunny fruit. All of this beauty out of approximately 145 tons of lemons and oranges.

From 2 to 4 March 2014. Belgium, Wallonia, G. Bench. The annual carnival in Binche.

Within three “fat days” prior to lent, a small town of Bench ( Binche ) completely transformed: here the most famous carnival of Belgium, which draw thousands of spectators. During the carnival features musical processions and fireworks, and the culmination of the festival is the parade is world famous for Zhiley (Gilley) from Bensa ( Gilles de Binche ) — the main characters of the carnival, which traditionally throw the audience oranges. In 2003, UNESCO recognized this festival a masterpiece of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

From 10 to 12 March 2014. Switzerland, Basel. The annual carnival (fasnacht) in Basel

The Basel carnival ( Basler Fasnacht ) with fantastic costumes and masks and a variety of festive processions has deep historical roots and is the largest festival of its kind in Switzerland. Basel carnival traditionally begins on the first Monday of lent, the early morning procession with huge lanterns ( morgestraich ). The holiday lasts for exactly 72 hours. Basel, fasnacht is considered to be Europe’s only “Protestant carnival.”

From 12 to 13 April 2014. France, city of erquy, Brittany. Festival scallops

Every April since 1993, in Brittany — namely in the seaside towns of erquy, Saint-quay-Portrieux and Loguivy-de-La-Mer — marks the end of the season fishing for scallops. The scallop festival in Brittany annually attracts between 40 to 70 thousand tourists. He arranged alternately in each of the three major ports of the scallop catch in the Department of côtes-d’armor. In 2014 the festival will once again become the town of erquy is a charming fishing port in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, known as one of the main places of production of scallops. The program and entertainment and gastronomic events, including the sale of fresh scallops, tastings, concerts Breton music and sailor songs, walking on the sailboats and fishing boats on the fishing grounds scallops.

From 19 to 24 September 2014. Spain, Barcelona. The traditional town festival (the festival) Moers.

Traditionally, at the end of September in Barcelona is a large-scale festival dedicated to the heavenly Protectress of the city: the virgin of the mercè (virgin of Mercy). The audience, as usual, will have a lot of exciting events: parades of giants, big-headed and fantastic animals, the representation of living builders of the pyramids “Castells”, dancing with the mummers devils and fire-breathing dragons, colorful fireworks show, performances by talented circus artists, folk groups, rock and pop groups. A full programme of festive events, the Moers festival is available here .

From 14 to 24 September 2014. Spain, Tarragona. The main town festival (the festival) St. Thecla (Santa Tecla)

At the end of September in Tarragona is traditionally celebrated bright holiday ( Festes de Santa Tecla de Tarragona ) associated with the veneration of the patron Saint of the city of Saint Thecla of Iconium. In this colorful and eventful festival of the inhabitants of Tarragona and tourists waiting for the parades involving the giants and big-headed, fantastical creatures and masked devils, performances by musical and dance performances, fireworks shows and interesting events for children. A full programme of holiday activities can be found at the link .

From 20 to 25 September 2014. Spain, the city of Reus. The traditional town festival Misericordia.

At the end of September in Reus celebrated the traditional festival in honor of the patron Saint of this Catalan city — our lady of mercy (Misericordia) ( Festes de Misericòrdia ). After visiting this festival, you can explore Catalan traditions (such as the construction of live pyramids-“Castells”, a colorful procession of “giants”, “bighead” and mythological creatures, pyrotechnic shows with clowns devils, nationwide performance Sardana and performances by folk groups). A full programme of holiday activities in Reus can be found here .

September 27, 2014. Spain, the city of Reus. Gathering of eagles Catalonia.

This year on 27 September, almost immediately after the end of the main events of the festival of the Madonna of Mercy (Misericordia). in Reus will be in an unusual festival — a gathering of eagles Catalunya ( Trobada d Àligues de Catalunya ), which will be presented about 30 eagles, included a festive “bestiary” in different Catalan cities. Among the participants — the eagles from cities such as Berga, Barcelona, Girona, Montblanc, Tarragona, Vilafranca del penedès, Cardona, Sitges, Tortosa and, of course, Reus. At 18:00 on the main square of Reus will begin the parade, which will end with a demonstrative performance of all eagles.