May is a month of Spring.  It is a month of awakening and revitalization.  Twip has selected four massive events, each differing in style and personal outcome, we highly advise you to attend.  Check it…

 Vesak Festival: May 3rd

Buddhists release paper lanterns near Borobudur temple during Vesak Day celebrations in Magelang

There are few things in life that have the ability to truly sway thought and instill spirit.  The Vesak Festival of Indonesia has the ability to make one think deeper, but it’s hopes are to allow one to feel deeper.

This festival is a sacred Buddhist ritual that attracts the attention of thousands of Buddhist monks, Buddhist thinkers, and travelers alike.  The event surrounds and celebrates the three great events in the life of the Buddha: birth, enlightenment, and death.

The ritual takes place during the first full moon during the month of May and begins with obtaining and storing holy water as well as lighting the holy Vesak torch at a sacred Indonesian temple.  It continues as the monks then receive offerings of by the local congregation as they progress in a chanting hymn towards the temple.

Trust us when we tell you there is no sight like that of the tranquil sunset cascading down over these magnificent Buddhist temples.  Discover, as lead by worldly examples, your own inner peace.  See as you were meant to see and be as you were meant to be.  While we’d like to describe it more, tell you all it has to offer, the truth remains that you just have to go and find yourself within it.

 Cannes Film Festival: May 13th – 24th

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 When you reach the pearly gates and a large white bearded man asks you in a deep harmonious voice, “Was your life all that you’d intended?”  Odds are you’re probably going to say no if you’ve been to the Cannes Film Festival only to return to a life of normalcy—i.e. you didn’t marry a Cohen brother and spend the rest of your life reciting Fargo one-liners on a Mediterranean yacht.

Cannes Film Festival, or Cannes as it’s fashionably known, stands higher in another echelon when it comes to festivals of its kind.  It encapsulates the epitome of bliss wrapped in luxury, swank and art.  The two week event of the worlds finest film arm artists gathered together to share each other’s work has become something of a western world fantasy.   The flowing red carpets adorned with A-list stars glittering beneath both paparazzi lights and the South of France sun.  The up all night parties decked out in Italian knit garments.  The things we—the ordinary folk—have only dreamed beneath covers and pillow.

It doesn’t have to be.

Cannes, while at first glance would seem a detrimental dent in your bank account, does not always demand the preconceived coin you might think.  It’s feasible.  You need to do your research.  The importance, though, is achieving that feeling only Cannes can offer.

 The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling: May 25th

How bad do you want it?  Next time you’re at a fondue restaurant in New York or at the Mars Cheese Castle in Wisconsin, ask yourself: What am I willing to sacrifice for cheese?  If you can answer that question with “a mouthful of English sod” or “multiple fractures to my ribcage” you should be hustling across the Atlantic right now!

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is something you may have caught on ESPN during a sleepless night or a 4 a.m. pizza puff indulgence (we’re not judging).  Now considered a global event of riotous fun drawing nearly 5,000 spectators, the concept is basically to chase a zooming wheel of cheese down a ridiculously long and treacherously steep hill in the English countryside.

While you may think you’re going to grab that cheese and saunter down the hill to victory, trust us, you’re dead wrong. Most people use what we call a Fashionable Tumble down the hill as the wheel of cheese reaches speeds of 70 mph ahead of them.  No joke.  The winner is crowned as the first to the bottom of the hill—catching the wheel proved impossible about 136 years ago.

Don’t let us dismay you though, the event has been taking place for hundreds of years and there’s a reason everyone keeps showing up…because it’s all about that cheese.

 Vivid Sydney: May 22nd – June 8th

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There are no greater feelings of insulation like that of great festivals which incorporate mind, spirit, and action into one.  Vivid Sydney, beyond many realms of the typical notions of a festival, does that.  Mainly because no event of such grandeur and spectacle takes place in a global city setting.  When we think of the word “festival” things like Burning Man and Glastonbury come to mind.  But events like Burning Man are built inward whereas Vivid Sydney pushes far and wide in the spectrum of its impact.

Vivid Sydney promotes itself as a scene of “Light, Music and Ideas.”  It succeeds in incorporating all that each of those aspects has to offer…

The Light portion includes and interactive touch screen attraction that allows users that ability to literally PAINT the Sydney skyline using low energy LED lights.  It’s awe inspiring.

The Music heralds the top and creative talent from around the world to come and contribute to the festival.  Be advised and excited: this isn’t your run of the mill festival bill of music.  Oh no.  These are the musicians riding the very fine lines between genre indiscretion, futures of sound, and excitability.  Watch out.

And the Ideas aspect perpetuates itself almost as a giant TED Talk festival/Think Tank.  It’s wild.  There are idea discussions ranging from concepts of how to explore and promote the creative self, all the way to making smarter choices for livable cities.

There’s absolutely nothing to be even slightly fazed by when it comes to Vivid Sydney. This festival is—to be unapologetically cliché, but totally honest—all killer, no filler.