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Masks and Mystery at Venice Carnival in 2012

Another year is almost over, another carnival in Venice is ready to begin. In 2012, Venice Carnival will be held between February, 11th and February 21, of course, in Venice. Every visitor coming to Venice on the occasion of the carnival is interested in buying or renting a costume, mask, anything that would make him or her part of the great feast. However, you might be surprised to find out that not everybody wears a costume there. Some of these items are quite pricy, so many visitors and tourists just prefer to make their own costumes. Venice Carnival 2012 or Venetian Carnivale is again a celebration where not only parades are of great interests, but also the live music, dance performances and parties. Some of the shows and events at Venice Carnival in 2012 are Hot Chocolate, which will take place in an exclusivist cafe in St. Mark’s Square, Gala Dinner and Ball “Al Ridotto”, Dinner Dansante “Il Minuetto” or “Cotillon”. If you miss Venice Carnival next year, then don’t worry, you have enough time to plan your next visit in 2013 (between 2/12 February), in 2014 (22 February – 4 March) or in 2015 (between 7-17 February).

Masks at Venice Carnival 2012 - Source venicexplorer.net
Masks at Venice Carnival 2012 - Source venicexplorer.net


Venetian Carnivale 2012 - Costumes Parade - Source lh3.googleusercontent.com_
Venetian Carnivale 2012 - Costumes Parade - Source lh3.googleusercontent.com_


Venice Carnival 2012 - Source offthewallposters.com
Venice Carnival 2012 - Source offthewallposters.com

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Buddha’s Birthday 2011

This year, in 2011, Buddha’s Birthday will be on May, 10th. The celebration will take place in Seoul, the place where many rituals will gather about 500,000 tourists and locals. Buddha’s birthday, who was born approximately 2,555 years ago, is calculated evey year as following: Just calculate the first full moon day of the sixth month of the Buddhist lunar calendar, which would be the fourth month of the Chinese calendar, except in years in which there’s an extra full moon, and then Buddha’s birthday falls in the seventh month. A very much awaited festival is the three day lotus lantern festival, a brightly coloured festivity. In 2011, Lotus Lantern Festival is being held from May 6th-8th. The festival is highlighted by the stunning Lantern Parade, which is set to take place on May 7th from 7pm to 9.30pm. Moreover, on the occasion of Buddha’s Birthday, a  street festival is taking place outside Jogyesa Temple from noon to 7pm, with over 100 booths to explore. Learn all about ceremonial tea making, sample temple foods, make lotus flower lanterns and more.

Buddha's Birthday 2011
Buddha

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Empire State Building New York – 80th Birthday in 2011

Empire State Building, the top attraction in New York gathers many tourists and local visitors on May, 1st, because of the 80th birthday. This time, but 80 years ago, that is in 1931, President Herbert Hoover turned on the lights on Empire State Building, the top attraction in New York. The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. The incredible skyscraper is now 102 stories high (1,454 feet to the top of the lightning rod). The Depression-era construction employed as many as 3,400 workers on any single day, most of whom received an excellent pay rate, especially given the economic conditions of the time. In the period when it was erected, Empire State Building was considered the 8th Wonder of the World. Now, this top attraction in New York has 73 elevators, and it was constructed in only 1 year and 45 days. At the top of Empire State Building, a huge spire can be noticed. Because of the Great Depression, companies left this office building, making it famous under the name of “Empty State Building”.


Empire State Building View, 80th Birthday
Empire State Building View, 80th Birthday


Empire State Building, New York, 80th Birthday in 2011
Empire State Building, New York, 80th Birthday in 2011

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