Holidays and festivals of berlin

Holidays and Festivals of Berlin

The holiday calendar of Berlin is full of all kinds of annual fairs, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events. You certainly already know what traditional German holidays are, so let’s speak about other local events.
Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is held every February. It is the second largest film festival in the world, which gives prizes to its winners gold and silver bears that are traditionally the symbols of recognition in the cinema sphere. Nowadays, Berlinale is one of the most valued annual media events. Film producers take part in the festival in different categories and demonstrate their works in several cinemas. You can always participate in a film workshop as well – young directors and producers can shoot their own short video during the festival.
The so-called Christopher Street Day is the huge city gay-parade, held in June. The name of the celebration comes from the Christopher Street name, where in June 1969 there was a cruel fight that took place on the street among the policemen and gay-bar visitors. The aim of the festival is to make people more tolerant towards the sexual minorities as well as getting permission for homosexual marriages.
The beginning of July is also the time for Culture Carnival the parade in which representatives of all Berlin ethnical groups take part. This is one of the most significant annual performances in the city.
Traditional Big Philharmonic Concert under the sky is also held in June. The concert crowns the end of the season and offers people to enjoy classical music in a unique and relaxing atmosphere. People come to the festival with their own candles and food to spend the whole night reveling in nature around them.
Techno-parade with electronic music performed – Love Parade is held at the beginning of July. This is the biggest annual dance event that was first held in 1988 only like a big party to celebrate a DJ’s birthday with about 150 people invited. Nowadays, this is a huge street event, during which Berlin streets are full of non-aggressive disturbances and fun. This is the time when Berlin is almost plunged into loud music from which you cannot hide. The parade starts Saturday night when a convoy with the best DJs makes a trip along Berlin streets as far as The Brandenburg Gate. Alcohol is consumed in huge amounts and the club scenes reach the sky.
One of the most popular marathons of the world is the Berlin marathon which usually takes place late in September. Competitors run past the most attractive places of the city and finish their run at The Brandenburg Gate.
There is also Jazz Festival celebrated in Berlin in November and in the end of the month there are Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsm?rkte) opened. Please note that all the shops, banks and state organizations are closed for holidays.
To buy a Christmas present, you can stroll along these Christmas markets there are about 40 of them opened during the holiday season. While searching for a traditional or rare and valuable present, you can also see the show in which Santa Claus and his New Year helpers take part. As for New Year, it is celebrated as one of the largest public parties in the world, with music, performances and light shows bringing joy to people.

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