A-May-zing Festivals of the Month

Festivals are a fun and colorful way to celebrate certain happenings and special holidays. From colorful decorations to some amazing displays and devotions, there’s just so much to appreciate from a well-planned event. No other time could be perfect enough to celebrate the prospect of festival-going than the month of May. Explore some of these fair festivities of the month.

Tennessee Renaissance Festival- Arrington, Tennessee
Do you love the stories of knights and kings and magic in a fantastic castle setting? If the answer is yes, then you may want to head over to Tennessee’s Renaissance Festival. You’ll be transported back to 16th-century England, a time when swords, jousting, and falconry were very much in fashion. If you want to inject ye olde charm into your vacation, just grab a helmet and don your chainmail before entering the gates, open every weekend for the entire month.

Festival of the Snakes- Cocullo, Italy
Fascinated by religion and long, scaly creatures? This peculiar festival has both! Also known as the Festa dei Serpari, it is a celebration where the main focus is a procession following a statue of St. Dominic covered in snakes. There have been multiple stories behind the festival’s origins and why it uses snakes, from old pagan goddesses favoring snakes to St. Dominic clearing a field of snakes in the name of God. For your fill of snacks, music, field blessings, and non-venomous, slithery friends, join the party every 1st of May.

Cinco de Mayo- Puebla, Mexico
This Mexican holiday is all about freedom, celebrating the country’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla (1862). For the people of Mexico, it is a very straightforward holiday without the extra huss and fuss. People just enjoy their a day off from work. But in the U.S. citizens with Mexican heritages celebrate their roots and culture. Wherever you celebrate it, you’ll often find war reenactments, musical performances, and many other small things. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5.

Santacruzan- Philippines
In the tropical archipelago, Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) is celebrated all month long during May, the month of the Virgin Mary. At the end of the celebration, a special beauty pageant called the Santacruzan is held. This special pageant is held in multiple regions and towns across the country’s many different islands. The festival, introduced by the Spaniards, has often represented concepts of youth, beauty, and romance, hence the emphasis on the pageant. It is usually celebrated on May 31.

Cooper’s Hill Cheese-rolling- Brockworth, Gloucestershire, UK
On May 28, you might want to check out this downhill race in the UK that’s just rolling with fun. The Cooper’s hill Cheese-rolling event is a fun little contest where around 40 participants have to chase a rolling wheel of cheese down a steep slope. Now it may seem like fun and games, but chasing a 9-pound wheel of cheese down a hill (at an average 70 miles/hr) can end up seriously injuring some runners, so it’s often advised to run at your own risk.

Diverse and different in their own special ways, these May festivals all have their own little charms to them. There are so many amazing and fun traditions across the world, all you need to do is search for them! The next time you want something fresh and exciting to discover, look up a festival or two of your choosing and get ready to make some fond celebratory memories.