The Many Reasons To Celebrate
Everyday we celebrate events and people who means a lot to us. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, reunions, festivals, holidays, job promotions are just but a few of the many reasons for celebrating. There are celebrations brought about by love, inner joy, faith, heritage, culture, of answered prayers, of dreams fulfilled, of treasured family and friends. There are even celebrations of self for simply reaching a significant milestone in one’s life. Celebrating the very thought that we are here at the present, standing, alive, grateful, breathing freely, happily.
Today, I share with you a fun, lively, unique and colorful event called the Texas Renaissance Festival held every year in Plantersville, Texas .
A Royal Welcome At Texas Renaissance Festival
As my wife entered the royal gates, the court jester greeted her, “Welcome my lady. Would you like to have your photo taken?” My wife looking surprised, replied “Yes you can.” She then held my son by her side and made a beautiful, bright smile.
After the picture-taking, the jester said, “Lovely smile. You may now enter this place at your own risk. Have fun.” I thought it was funny until I started looking at some of the creatures of the forest.
My son pulled my shirt and said, “Look dad, a bow and arrow.” After several try outs, he looked at me and made an irresistible smile. He then asked me, “Can I have one please.” After getting an “okay” signal from his mom, we bought the bow he wanted. As I tied the arrow’s container around his belt he said, “Thank you” and gave me a hug.
I told him as we were walking, “You look like Robin Hood.” He answered back, “Who?” I tried to explain who was Robin Hood. He didn’t seem to get it yet so I added, “You also look like Green Arrow.” He made a happy grin and replied, “Oh, I know him. He is a superhero.”
People And Creatures At The Renaissance
From afar, they seemed scary but as we moved closer, we realized how fascinating they were. We met the soft-spoken and friendly Mr. Tree. He is part of the many supernatural beings that protects and takes care of the forest. On top of his head rest a nest with bird’s eggs.
Meet Mr. Bat. With huge wings and sharp teeth, he looks like someone from my nightmare as a kid. Three things to do when you see him. You can run, keep still and pretend you are frozen or swallow your fear and asked him if you can take his picture. For a dollar, you get to go without a single scratch plus a very cool picture to show your friends. I don’t like to be bitten nor scratch so I gave him a dollar without a second thought.
We heard a strange sound near a tall tree. My son turned around and saw a baby dragon. He was trying to communicate to him. My son bravely approached him as we took his picture. For my son’s courage, he was given a red magic stone.
Dice for a price. If you loose, you get to meet one of the main characters of Halloween.
Yep, it’s the spooky, scary Mr. Death. Only he’s in a happy and festive mood. He let everyone took his picture and sent them on their way smiling. I shook my head in disbelief. He’s actually cool. I bet it was just that day since everyone was in a festive, jolly spirit. Tomorrow? I’ll probably run in the opposite direction. What do you think?
Meet Xena, warrior princess. She had the most generous smile around. No wonder she won so many battles. Her smile was her best weapon, not the sword that most of us were made to believe.
Creepy ghost. Move closer if you dare.
The fairies were into a serious discussion. I don’t have to move closer. I could hear the conversations from a good distance. They sounded pissed. Someone is in trouble.
It turned out they have the same boyfriend, the fairy prince. Hmm. That’s why he was hiding on top of a tree. He thought it was a great idea until one of the fairies grabbed a saw. Oh, oh!
“Watch the show and be amazed,” called this man in green wardrobe.
We were more than amazed as this man swallowed a long knife. A long, sharp knife! We were warned not to try this at home. Makes total sense.
One of the most entertaining part of our adventure was watching Adam, the fire whip cracker man. He delivered the funniest jokes as loud and effective as the sound of the whip breaking the sound barrier. His “I know’s” expression is a major punchline. Cool? I know, right?
We had to stop everything and watch the royalties pass the road. I even have to stop eating the delicious Turkey leg. For real? Yes, for real!
For those who didn’t follow instructions, this is the result. Meet the executioner. Ouch! For a dollar, you get to pose, smile and pretend someone is cutting your head. Crazy, right?
For the law-abiding citizens, they get treated to an awesome , gypsy dance. I can’t understand the lyrics but they sounded like a spell made into a song. No wonder half the audience was in a trance. The spell didn’t work on me. I heard my wife’s voice calling, “Why are you still standing there? Let’s go.” I guess her voice was more powerful than the gypsy’s spell.
We heard a loud, exciting cheer. The joust was about to start. My son ran towards the arena.
First, the kings and queens entered, then the maidens, then the brave knights. The crowd’s cheer got louder and louder, reaching a thunderous end as only one knight survived and emerged victorious.
We went home before sunset, trying to avoid the long traffic. We bought a pickle for snack before heading the exit. Overall it was a well celebrated day of fun, discovery and wonder among the people I love. It was a great way to celebrate life in the most exciting and happiest way. It was a festive occasion that holds many amazing memories. It was an awesome way to embrace and celebrate the Texan spirit in me.
Happy Halloween to everyone. May you have the most fun celebrating this holiday and all the future holidays to come. Live and celebrate life to the fullest today. Celebrate you and everyone that makes you feel “Super you!”
Thank you once again for sharing your day with me. May this post inspire you to embrace and see the beautiful images around you. May you capture these images not only with your camera but with your heart.
I apologize for the delayed response on your comments. Things have been very hectic for me lately but I do promise to catch up on all of them. I wish everyone a grand and well celebrated weekend.
What do you wish to celebrate today? What are those unforgettable celebrations in your life you wish to relive all over again? Whatever they are, I bet they gave you happiness beyond expectations.
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All images taken using an iPhone 4 camera with Camera + App. My friends, have fun discovering and creating the most beautiful images everyday. They are a part of the unforgettable memories you make in this lifetime.
- Why You Should Attend Texas Renaissance Festival 2012 (lockergnome.com)
- Things You Learn at Festivals Part One: Texas Renaissance Festival (wakeupami.wordpress.com)
- Texas Renaissance Festival (mademan.com)