10 the oldest holidays in the world

National holidays traditionally played an important role in the culture of the peoples of the world. As a rule, they were timed to some event or a certain date. Holidays and festivals have a cultural or religious implication, but we all know that any holiday means first of all the various events involving numerous people. In addition, the holidays extremely important for the economy, because they imply consumer spending, the growth of trade and revenues of selling companies.

Now, when the world situation became complicated because of the epidemic of the coronavirus, many festivals and celebrations are under the threat of the ban, despite the centuries-old traditions.

Below we will discuss 10 of the oldest holidays in the world.


This is one of the oldest holidays in the world, which is celebrated in many countries around the world. First of all, we are talking about the Iranian and Turkic peoples.

currently, Nowruz is celebrated on March 21 as the official start of the new year according to astronomical solar calendar in Iran and Afghanistan. As a national holiday Navruz is celebrated on March 21 in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Traditionally, during the festival, people go to visit relatives, prepare special treats. There is even a sign that the more generous you meet Novruz, the more successful and profuse the year will be.

Renaissance Festival

This festival is held in the first weekend. It originates in 1585. Here come the numerous actors, musicians, fairs and costumed presentation of scenes from the life of the middle ages.

AOI Matsuri

the Celebration takes place in the Japanese city of Kyoto. Some of the popular events of the festival prior to the main ceremony is an ancient ritual of archery on horseback at Shimogamo Shrine and jump in the sanctuary of the Shrine. The main event at the AOI-Matsuri — the Imperial March from Kyoto Imperatorskogoabout the Palace to the Kamo Shrine, which is now replaced by a procession dressed in costumes of the Heian period residents. The procession is accompanied by court music and dance. This is one of the largest and most spectacular events of the city.

Egyptian harvest festival

the Festival goes back to the 13th century when people prayed for rich harvest. During the festival there are many activities, fire show, snake show and other shows. In addition, the trade fairs and numerous recreational activities.

Vegetarian festival in Phuket

This festival is celebrated in Phuket. It marks the beginning of the month, during which people refrain from eating meat. During the festival there are processions, offerings to the gods and numerous representations.


Diwali is celebrated as the “Festival of Lights” and symbolizes the victory of good over evil, and a sign of this victory everywhere lit candles and lanterns. The main themes of the festival — glowing lanterns. Diwali usually falls at the end of October — beginning of November. During Diwali are lit ceremonial lamps, give each other gifts, prayer, Lakshmi, is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, it is customary to receive the blessing from the parents, a very popular fireworks and blasting of firecrackers in the evening.

dragon boat Festival

Usually this holiday is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. This holiday for almost 2,000 years. The main event is a race on boats made in the shape of a dragon.

cherry Blossom

Watch for the cherry blossoms is an important part of Japanese history and culture. It was there for the cherry blossom festival, which is celebrated in the spring.

During the festival, numerous performances, musical performances and other activities.


Holi is an annual Hindu spring festival.

the Festival falls in early spring and lasts for two-Tra day in late February — early March. The participants of the festival organize the procession, showering each other with colored powder, spraying colored water and mud


This list would be incomplete without important for millions of people, holiday – Christmas. At this time in different countries of the world events. On the streets of cities up the Christmas tree. People look forward to this holiday, give each other gifts, go to visit friends and relatives.