With August only days away, you may be thinking about the best way to spend the rest of your summer. While a day at the pool or the beach, or a nice rest to catch up on reading or other hobbies all sound like great ways to pass the time, there are many celebrations that occur in August around the world. Here are five global August celebrations that both the casual traveler and corporate interpreter will enjoy. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a trip this month and experience one of these celebrations for yourself!
1) Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an annual celebration that lasts through most of the month of August. This year, Fringe is occurring from August 6 to August 30. Fringe is a huge entertainment festival where creatives, performers, and festival-goers all come together for unique performances, street events, shows, and presentations. This is certainly a renowned festival that keeps many coming back year after year.
2) Great British Beer Festival, London
Staying within the United Kingdom, the Great British Beer Festival in London is a great celebration enjoyed by many. There are over 1,000 different drinks to sample, making this event a fan favorite. This five day festival has drinks and experiences to appeal to a range of tastes. This year, the festival is occurring from August 3 to August 7 and it will be sure to draw a crowd of interested travelers, both local and international!
3) Festival de Tango, Buenos Aires
Crossing the Atlantic and heading south, next on the list is Festival de Tango in Buenos Aires. This two week annual festival truly has something for everyone. Not only can attendees take a range of tango classes for beginners up to experts, taught by professionals, but they can also compete in the Mundial de Tango, or the Tango World Cup, to compete for a spot in the finals at Luna Park Stadium. Or, if they do not wish to dance themselves, attendees, including the corporate interpreter, can of course watch the amazing dancing and enjoy the orchestras and other music artists present at the event.
4) Obon Festival, Japan
This Japanese tradition is rooted in Buddhist custom. The festival is celebrated to honor one’s ancestors. Many people return to their family homes as this is a time to gather with one’s family. Those who celebrate the Obon Festival light paper lanterns meant to guide their ancestors. Additionally, traditional Obon dances are performed during this mid-August celebration. This year, the festival will begin on August 13 and end on August 16.
5) Lollapalooza, United States
Last on this list is Lollapalooza, occurring in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. This multi-day music festival always draws a crowd and many people come to enjoy the multitude of artists that come to share the stage throughout the festival. Performances start early in the afternoon and extend to late at night. For those based in the U.S., this festival is one you can enjoy while still traveling domestically! This year, Lollapalooza is running from July 29th to August 1st.
All of the celebrations on this list are a great way for the casual traveler or corporate interpreter to enjoy themselves and maybe even learn something new about a different culture this summer. As a language service company, we are interested in connecting those who may speak different languages or come from different cultural backgrounds. While sharing information on different global celebrations is one way we can do this, we also seek to form connections and help you communicate with others through our services. For example, our translation services spanning from brochure translation to manual translation to legal translation and more, can help you more clearly communicate with others in your written materials. Additionally, our interpreting services such as conference interpreting services and consecutive interpreting services can help facilitate conversation and sharing of information between individuals and groups.
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