The Carnival of Venice – Get your masks ready!

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The “Venice Carnevale” or carnival is one of the most famous festivals in Italy kicks off in the district of Rio di Cannaregio with an amazing free water show. This annual carnival comes alive with concerts, grand balls, parades and performances.

When is it held?

Who doesn’t like the idea of seeing the entire city at its most colourful and festive? This event attracts people from all over the world and it involves months of preparations. This year, the carnival was held from the 27th January to 13th February 2018 and usually, it takes place in the days leading up to Lent.

History of Carnevale

Carnevale is derived from the Latin words ‘carnem’ and ‘levare’, meaning ‘farewell to meat.’ Eating meat, fats, sugar and even parties were off limits during the 40 days of Lent. Therefore, people get rid of their food and drink and they get their partying out of the way too.

Get your masks ready!

Masking in Venice has a long history. Way back in 1268, a law was passed to ban throwing perfumed eggs and putting on masks. Masks were a fixture of these celebrations by the time of Renaissance. If you are going to be in this part of the country during the Carnevale grab your masks and be prepared to be truly mesmerised. You can get more information on blogs such as Events and Festivals Blog which offers a plethora of information on popular festivals related to seasons.

The Carnevale today

The Venice Carnevale today is a huge celebration. This 14-day festival requires invitations for events the likes of the opulent masquerade balls and has steep ticket prices while street performances and concerts are open and free to the public.


The Carnevale of Venice dates back to 1162 when the local people celebrated a victory over Aquileia and Patriarch according to the tradition.  This event attracts thousands of spectators from around the world every year. Although the festival initiated in the 13thcentury, it was declined during the 18th century.

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Adventure Vacation to Hikkaduwa – Sun, sea and sand on Sri Lanka’s South Coast.

Sri Lanka’s most action packed beach, Hikkaduwa, home to Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon; can be found south of the country’s capital, Colombo. It is popular with young people for its party atmosphere, which comes alive mainly during the holiday season. Each year, the infamous ‘Hikka Fest’ takes place around midyear. The social event is a beach party that lasts five days and nights with music, food, drink, competitions and other activities. However, you will find holidaymakers year round in Hikkaduwa. hotels, bars and eateries are always open late, catering to beach goers.
It is also popular with those who simply want to enjoy the sea. The natural beauty of this seaside town extends into the ocean and its coral reefs. The main reef is four kilometers in length and easy to explore because it is close to the shore where waters are calm and shallow. There are several different types of coral as well as an abundance of marine creatures, which make for an interesting afternoon of snorkelling. Glass bottom boat rides are also popular, along with other water sports like surfing and scuba diving. Experienced divers may want to explore dive sites like Kiralagala, Godagala or Black Coral Point.
Hikkaduwa has many little family run eateries serving seafood bursting with Sri Lankan flavours, they should be easy enough to find while strolling through the town. In neighbouring Koggala you will find the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum, which is housed in the Sri Lankan author, Martin Wickremesinghe’s own ancestral home. Just by Hikkaduwa town, you will Seenigama temple. It is a pretty sight, perched on its own little island. Further south is the village of Ahangama, home of a small fishing community that is famous for stilt fishing. A traditional fishing technique that creates a remarkable sight for observers.


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Hot Air Balloon Flight in Dubai – A Bird’s Eye View of an Endless Sea of Sand

The emirate of Dubai is without a doubt the most exciting and flourishing city in the Middle East. Home to some of the world’s most iconic and breath-taking tourist and recreational attractions, Dubai is a city that offers its visitors an unparalleled experience. The Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, Palm Jumeriah, Safa Park, and Ski Dubai are a few of the city’s highlights, in addition to its many commercial and cultural districts. For a comfortable and tranquil stay in a Dubai luxury resort make a reservation at the PER AQUUM Desert Palm.
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reservation is a vast area of desert, and is one of the most serene and unique landscapes in the region. Exploring this sea of sand while on the ground is quite an experience by itself, but the airborne experience takes things to a whole new level. Hot air ballooning is one of the most unique and memorable ways to explore the deserts of Dubai, so make sure you don’t miss out on it!
The desert, in all its glory, has a beauty that is something unconventional, and a hot air balloon ride is sure to open your eyes to it. Make your way down to Margham, from where you will begin a hot air balloon ride that will completely mesmerize you. The hot air balloon journey usually last up to one hour, and each balloon can carry up to 24 people. But don’t let that discourage you, as the basket of the balloon is very spacious, giving each passenger enough room to comfortably witness the desert. As you soar and glide high up into the morning air, with the gentle breeze in your face, you will get the opportunity of witnessing the tranquil beauty and charm of the desert from a bird’s eye view. You will pass over numerous sand dunes even herds of camels and gazelle, so make sure you have your camera ready to snap some memories of this truly amazing experience.


Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+