Festivals are essential expressions of culture. They represent the identity of a country and a people. They remind us of where we came from, of our history and our values. These events tie us together as a community, allowing us to celebrate, grieve, and learn. With masks, music, and extravagant displays, we step outside the realm of the everyday and into a time of myth and legend. Beyond the stories we tell, there's also a very personal, religious experience that's tied into many festivals and celebrations.