Different types of festivals
There are different types of festivals i.e. cultural/religious and
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Although some religious festivals occur each year on a set date,
many religious festivals occur at different times each year. This
is because most religious holidays or festivals are based on a
Productions by internationally renowned media artists and the
innovative works of new masters from the academies will be
presented at the 23nd European Media Art Festival (21-25 April
2010). The EMAF is one of the most influential forums of
international Media Art. As a meeting point for artists, curators,
distributors, gallery owners and an audience of specialists, the
festival has a great impact on the topic and aesthetics of Media Art.
Each year the festival offers its visitors a current overview of new
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What are festivals?
A festival is an event, usually and ordinarily
staged by a local community, which centres on
and celebrates some unique aspect of that
Among many religions, a feast is a set of
celebrations in honour of God or gods. A feast
and a festival are historically interchangeable.
However, the term "feast" has also entered
common secular parlance as a synonym for any
large or elaborate meal. When used as in the
meaning of a festival, most often refers to a
religious festival rather than a film or art festival.
In the Christian liturgical calendar there are two
principal feasts, properly known as the Feast of
the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas) and the Feast
of the Resurrection, (Easter). In the Catholic,
Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican liturgical
calendars there are a great number of lesser
feasts throughout the year commemorating
saints, sacred events, doctrines, etc.
Festivals, of many types, serve to meet specific needs,
as well as to provide entertainment. These times of
celebration offer a sense of belonging for religious,
social, or geographical groups. Modern festivals that
focus on cultural or ethnic topics seek to inform
members of their traditions. In past times, festivals
were times when the elderly shared stories and
transferred certain knowledge to the next generation.
Historic feasts often provided a means for unity
among families and for people to find mates. Select
anniversaries have annual festivals to commemorate
previous significant occurrences.
Showcasing a huge range of dance styles
at venues across the city and the West
Midlands region, IDFB 2010 is the region’s
biggest dance festival. It will animate the
city with a world-class programme of
outstanding dance performances from
around the globe, large-scale events for
mass public participation, workshops,
commissions and debates.
The Spring Festival is the most
important festival for the Chinese
people and is when all family members
get together, just like Christmas in the
West. All people living away from home
go back, becoming the busiest time for
transportation systems of about half a
month from the Spring Festival.
Airports, railway stations and long-
distance bus stations are crowded with
The dance festival and the Chinese festival is deferent
because the Chinese festival is very colourful and its kind of
like a parade because everyone has weird and original
costumes. They also have unique face paints and they have
huge dragon which is a symbol for them. is a form of
traditional dance and performance in Chinese. culture. Like
the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations.
Many Chinese people often use the term "Descendants of
the Dragon" as a sign of ethnic identity, as part of a trend
started in the 1970s, however the true derivation is from the
descendants of Shennong the legendary first king of the
Chinese people who taught them agriculture, law and
medicine, the foundations of civilization. However this
festival is kind of like the dance festival because they do
different Chinese dancing and this event is also very live
because everyone joins in.