Kempinski Blog Article
Countless countries and cultures around the world celebrate traditional times of harvest, and these take on a variety of forms. Whether they focus on the ripening of the first crops at the start of the harvest season or give thanks for a productive harvest before winter draws in, they are a time to eat well and be merry – here are some of the most interesting.
Rice Harvest Festival
In Bali, Indonesia, harvest celebrations focus on the country’s staple crop. Commemorated in May and June following New Year, towns and villages across the country are decorated with an array of colourful flags as people pay their respects to Dewi Sri, the rice goddess.
Townspeople place effigies and bamboo temples to her in the rice fields, organise bull races, and put dolls made from rice stalks, representing Dewi Sri, in granaries as offerings in the hope of ensuring a good harvest.
Observed in China, Vietnam and Taiwan for over 3,000 years, the Mid-Autumn festival occurs on the full moon on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month – in 2017, it falls on October 4.
The festival is a time where families often reunite to share a meal with each other that consists of eating harvest foods such as pumpkins, pomelos, duck and mooncakes – wheat flour pastries filled with nuts, fruits and egg. It is also a time where the activity of flying lanterns also takes place. In towns and cities, dragon and lion dances are held for visitors – a perfect chance to visit any of Kempinski’s excellent hotel locations in China. Contact the team at your chosen hotel to find out more about the particular festivities taking place.
Love Italian cuisine? Olivagando, taking place in the central Italian municipality of Magione, celebrates that most-important ingredient, olive oil. Held on the 23 and 24 November each year, the area’s old town comes alive in an explosion of flavour, with many regional producers of the oil and local chefs filling the streets with their produce and dishes for all who visit.
Throughout the town you can enjoy tasting events, watch painting competitions, see market exhibitions and purchase a range of delightful artisan products. If you are enjoying a luxury stay at San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice, a short stopover in Magione could be the perfect way to indulge.
Madeira Flower Festival
This is an island that is well-known for its botanical gardens and leafy, mountainous interior, Madeira hosts particular climatological conditions that allow floral plants from all across the world to flourish, and this has led the island becoming a hotspot for anyone interested in purchasing rich, vibrant blooms.
The expression of the island’s crop of beautiful plants is the annual Flower Festival – in 2018 it will take place between April 19 and May 6. During the period, the capital, Funchal, erupts in colour. Bright processions and parades of people in dazzling outfits wind through the town, and hundreds of sellers set up shop selling fragrant bouquets, seeds and potted plants. Workshops, exhibitions and musical performances take place too, adding to the amazing atmosphere.
Searching for a fun harvest festival experience this year? Contact our team and they will try their best to suggest an exciting cultural event near your hotel of choice.