TOP 10 FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD YOU SHOULD EXPERIENCE

There is no question that everybody loves to celebrate, regardless of what country they’re from originally. A festival offers a unique celebratory experience for everyone. There’s always a big gathering out there, whether for culture, art, wine, food, religion, music, or odes to historical figures.

Here are 10 of the most fun festivals you should experience:

1.BURNING MAN (NEVADA DESERT)

Burning Man began in 1986 when buddies Larry Harvey and Jerry James built an 8-foot tall wooden figure and dragged it over to Baker Beach, San Francisco, on the Summer Solstice. They lit the figure, and a few, curious crowd of just 20 people watched the makeshift burn. That night started one of the world’s wildest and weirdest festivals to date.

burning statues

2.CARNIVAL (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL)

One of the biggest festivals in the world is Brazil’s Carnival. This festival is considered the most excellent show on Earth and attracts over 5 million people every year, with over 500,000 or more being visitors traveling to see the show.

giant mask display

3. LA TOMATINA (SPAIN, VALENCIA)

Originated in 1945, La Tomatina is considered one of the oldest festivals. It is also one of the messiest ones, which would result in the world’s most massive food fight. People would throw tomatoes on the streets and end up bathing in them.

aerial view of a crowd bathe in red liquid

4.MARDI GRAS (NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA)

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is also known as Fat Tuesday, which is a bit like the USA’s version of Carnival. Alabama was the location of the first Mardi Gras in the 1700s. This celebration is held before Ash Wednesday every year and the festivities would usually last for months.

giant clowns

5. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (MEXICO)

Cinco de Mayo may be well-known in the US, but the Dia de Los Muertos is actually Mexico’s most important and well-celebrated holiday. The festival is also commonly known as Day of the Dead in English-speaking countries. The festivities officially begin on October 31 until November 2.

dressed skeleton dolls

6. SONGKRAN (THAILAND)

The word Songkran derived from a Sanskrit word “astrological passage,” which means transformation or change. This festival refers to the yearly traditional New Year celebrated on April 13 in parts of China, India and most of Southeast Asia. The festival is their symbolic ritual for purification, where you pour water on states of the young and elderly, including the Buddha. The holiday usually lasts until April 15 and is traditionally a subdued affair.

a crowd of people throwing water at each other

7. ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL (DUBLIN, IRELAND)

St. Patrick’s Day was originally a celebration for religious purposes, honoring the death of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Now the event is globally celebrated, and people around the world show support by wearing green clothes on the day.

a giant puppet of priest wearing green vest with two people on each side

8. HOLI FESTIVAL (PAKISTAN, INDIA, AND NEPAL)

Holi festival is a Hindu ancient festival that is also known as ‘festival of love’ or ‘festival of colors.’ They celebrate the end of the winter solstice and the triumph of good vs. evil. Holi festival takes place between the end of February and mid-March. 

An Indian girl dress in purple throwing colorful powder

9. COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL (COACHELLA VALLEY)

Probably the biggest and most popular music festivals in the world, Coachella Music Festival is known for booking the biggest stars and performers from around the world. Regular people and famous stars would gather for two weekends at Coachella Valley.

a crowd of people facing a guy on-stage

10.SKY LANTERN FESTIVAL (TAIWAN)

Originating from the Xing Dynasty over 2,000 years ago, Sky Lantern Festival represents the end of Chinese New Year. Releasing lanterns into the sky symbolizes, leaving your outdated ways behind and welcoming the future.

a giant lantern being set on fire with people taking pictures

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