GeoSpotlight: Global Events
The Tour de France is an annual, multi-stage bike race held in France, occasionally passing through nearby countries. First held in 1903, the race has been held annually, being stopped only by both World Wars. The 2014 Tour de France will begin on July 5 and will come to an end on July 27.
The line between insanity and genius is said to be a fine one, and in early 20thcentury France, anyone envisaging a near-2,500-km-long cycle race across the country would have been widely viewed as unhinged. But that didn’t stop Géo Lefèvre, a journalist with L’Auto magazine at the time, from proceeding with his inspired plan. His editor, Henri Desgrange, was bold enough to believe in the idea and to throw his backing behind the Tour de France. And so it was that, on 1 July 1903, sixty pioneers set out on their bicycles from Montgeron.
Having provoked a mixture of astonishment and admiration, le Tour soon won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds swelled. The French people took to their hearts this unusual event which placed their towns, their countryside and, since 1910, even their mountains, in the spotlight. View Website »
Having begun in 1991, the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup will take place August 1–17. This year will mark the seventh Women’s Rugby World Cup. Twelve teams will compete—including six that automatically qualify and six that are filled through a qualifying process—and all have hopes of raising the cup at the end of the final match. View Website »
Mardi Gras is about music, parades, floats and excitement, and people festively don their green, gold and purple to celebrate. Mardi Gras is the most popular time to travel to New Orleans, with people filling the streets the weekend before Mardi Gras through Fat Tuesday. This is the last day of the Carnival season, which always falls before Ash Wednesday, the first day of lent. In 2014, parades began on February 6, and continued through March 4. View Website »
The 2014 Winter Olympics will be an attempt to show the world that Russia can execute its first major global event since the fall of the U.S.S.R. Sochi also faces the challenge of being the most compact Winter Games in the history of the Olympic Movement with eleven athletic venues being built. Sochi will set about hosting around 22 international sports events in order to test the facilities before the games start on February 7, 2014. View Website »
Earth Day will be on April 22, 2014. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a rallying call for environmental stewards around the world to actively promote and educate their fellow citizens on the environment, while also impacting their communities and contributing to global sustainability. Earth Day’s international profile has grown considerably. Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. View Website »
The Rio Carnival is a wild celebration, 40 days before Easter. There are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the biggest and best-known undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Many infrastructure projects are underway across Rio and the rest of the country which should increase Carnival tourism. This year,the Rio Carnival is taking place from February 28, 2014-March 4,2014. View Website »
In its prime at over 400 years old, Rio de Janeiro is the host city of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Brazil’s current intellectual and cultural hub is working to deliver the greatest sports festival in the world in 27 days of competition. More than 10,500 athletes of about 205 nations around the world are expected to come to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, besides thousands of media professionals, sport fans and tourists from all over the globe. View Website »
The official web site of Rugby World Cup, including information on ticketing, latest qualifying news, venue information, commercial partners and how you can get involved. View Website »
Announced in April of 1982 by leading thoroughbred owner and breeder John R. Gaines, the Breeders’ Cup has served as a positive step toward not only promoting racing, but uniting the industry itself. Breeders’ Cup Limited enjoyed immediate and widespread support from the industry through annual nomination payments for stallions and one-time nomination payments for those stallions’ offspring.
Since the inaugural running at Hollywood Park 26 years ago, the Breeders’ Cup has established itself as the season-ending championship of thoroughbred racing. It is now firmly entrenched in American racing lore with a history and tradition all its own. View Website »
2014 marks the 181st Munich Oktoberfest! On Saturday, September 20th, 2014 the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal. The festival will last until October 5, 2014. View Website »
The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Catholic celebration of the memory of deceased ancestors that is celebrated on November 1 (All Saints) and November 2 (All Souls).
Although Día de los Muertos is recognized all over Mexico, Oaxaca has become known for its ornately rich celebrations venerating the return of their deceased loved ones. The festivities begin a week before the event with the commencement of the “Plaza de los Muertos.” In each plaza tourists and natives alike may find all the necessary items to prepare for the arrival of the dead including the ingredients for traditional dishes and a grand assortment of flowers used to decorate the sacred altars. View Website »
The 2014 Commonwealth Games are taking place July 23, 2014-August 3, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Commonwealth Games are held every four years in which all the member nations and territories of the Commonwealth of Nations participate in a multi-sport event which features competitions involving thousands of elite athletes. The Commonwealth Games are one of the world’s largest multi-sport events. The Commonwealth Games include many Olympic sports and also some sports that are played mainly in Commonwealth nations like lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball. View Website »