1. Tokyo Olympics: The Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo, Japan in 2021, made headlines worldwide. It celebrated international unity, sportsmanship, and showcased the cultures of participating nations.
2. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a famous cultural event known for its vibrant parades, music, and costumes. Its cancellation in 2021 due to the pandemic made news around the world.
3. Diwali: Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a significant cultural event celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains in various countries. It made news for its widespread celebrations and the adaptation of traditions during the pandemic.
4. Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is a world-famous beer festival. Its cancellation in 2021 due to the pandemic affected the global beer culture and made headlines.
5. Hanami in Japan: Hanami, the cherry blossom viewing tradition in Japan, attracts millions of visitors each year. News of its cancellation due to the pandemic highlighted the impact on tourism and cultural experiences.
6. Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is a major cultural event celebrated by people of Chinese descent worldwide. The adaptations made during the pandemic, such as virtual celebrations, gained attention.
7. Day of the Dead: Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a Mexican holiday honoring the departed, is known for its elaborate altars, sugar skulls, and vibrant celebrations. News coverage highlighted its unique cultural significance.
8. St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17th, pays tribute to Irish culture and heritage. While the pandemic affected celebrations worldwide, the adaptations made, like virtual events, garnered attention.
9. Holi: Holi, the Festival of Colors celebrated in India and by the Indian diaspora, gained global news coverage for its vibrant and lively celebrations. Pandemic-related adjustments and safety measures were widely reported.
10. Pride Month: Pride Month, celebrated globally in June, commemorates the LGBTQ+ community. News coverage highlighted events, parades, and advancements in LGBTQ+ rights, including the impact of the pandemic on celebrations.