Best Festivals Around The World
Our ability to think, brainstorm and use certain tools to our advantage separates us from the animals. What brings about unity among the human race? Of course, it is the ability to party and join in the fun and excitement. At a point in time, you must have come across the term party animal, haven’t you? Ever since the creation of the human race, there has been countless number of festivities and events, some of which the human history can’t account for. But as years goes by, the scale of partying and celebrations never stops evolving. Festivals are one of the best ways to get the most of your trip to a particular destination. Meet new people, experience unique cultures and enjoy memorable moments.
Finding the right location where the world’s major events and festivals are taking place is important. Knowing where the biggest celebrations are happening boils down to being at a particular location at the right time. No doubt, every reveler and festival lover is looking for the best possible destinations to party.
And with countless number of festivals and parties celebrated across the world – you will be spoilt for choice. With this in mind, this post has put together a list of the best festivals and celebrations around the world annually. Whether you are looking for a glamorous film festival, an ultimate cultural festival or an exciting yet stimulating music festival – there is a lot of options to choose from. Just find your way to the destination the right time and enjoy the glamour of these colorful festivals. And in no particular order, here is a list of the best festivals in the world
New Orleans Mardi Gras
Where: Louisiana, New Orleans
Mardi Gras, which literally mean ‘Fat Tuesday’, is synonymous with hedonism and debauchery. It is perhaps the wildest party in the United States with basis in its motto ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler’ (Let the good times roll). Historically, Mardi Gras originally comes from the catholic celebrations of the epiphany. Simply put, it is the official celebration before the period of Lent. Regardless of your religion, the celebration is just for about anyone. So head to Louisiana, New Orleans and join several thousands of people from across the world on the streets for an all out celebration. No one is left out. Party, drink and trade beads with beautiful ladies. The festivals official colors are purple, green and gold, which stand for justice, faith and power respectively.
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Probably, everyone has heard of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. The festival is held before Lent annually and it is renowned for being one of the biggest carnivals in the world presently. The carnival boasts about two million people in attendance on the street daily all through the event. Starting just about the same time as Mardi Gras, the carnival in Rio de Janeiro is made up of party goers, colorful floats and adornment from many different samba schools. Stunning Brazilian women dressed in colorful costumes parade through the Sambadrome. The Copacabana Palace hosts the official balls and parties. Highlights of the carnival include dance, music, mini parties in every street corner, brightly colored floats and women sometimes dressed in attire like a bird of paradise.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival dates back to 1947. Though it may not have a long history when compared to other festivals around the world, but Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland does certainly makes up for that. Home to lovely castles and spectacular Old Town of Edinburgh, the city is a perfect place to celebrate the biggest arts festival in the world. Highlights of the festival include comedy, dance, theatre, street performances, exhibition, spoken words and music. It is a perfect time to enjoy great arts and the city’s energetic nightlife. The Fringe is something to experience!
When: September – October
Where: Munich, Germany
Hey! Beer Lovers now is the time to enjoy your great tasting beer without limitations. There is no stopping you here, No restrictions whatsoever. Renowned for the largest beer festival across the globe, Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Germany. It is a must experience for every beer lovers and it runs from mid September to early October. Hop from one tent to another drinking different kinds of beer. Oktoberfest is all about beer and nothing more. Imagine gorgeous waitress serving you huge glasses of beer. Highlights include drinking, dancing and dining on delectable local dishes including sausages, pretzels, dumplings and Sauerkraut. More significantly, the festival only features the highest quality Bavarian Munich Beer approved and trademarked by the Clun of Munich Brewers.
St Patrick’s Day
Where: Dublin, Ireland & New York, Boston, Augusta Georgia
Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland where it originated from and have the best moment of your life. On the other hand, spend it in the US and you will be overwhelmed at the colorful displays everywhere you turn. On this day, all people care more is about being Irish and nothing more. In New York, the event has been celebrated year after year since 1762. The entire city turns green with countless number of people painted green on parade, attracting several thousand of spectators and revelers. What’s more, the Empire State Building is not left out as it lit up in green. Notably, every Irish pub gets crowded with Irish immigrants and people from different nationalities participating in the fun and excitement.
Songkran Water Festival
Where: Chiang Mai & Thailand, Bangkok
In Thailand, Songkran Water Festival is the celebration of the New Year. It is a time when people celebrate by throwing water on each other using all kinds of tools including hoses, buckets and water guns, just to name a few. At this time, locals pay respect to their elders by sprinkling a little scented water on their hands. It is almost impossible not to get wet during this 3 day public water fight. While most people sit in front of their home or shops waiting to spray passers-by, others roam the streets in tuk tuks. Also, you can see elephants walking around most part of the city and splashing off water jets at onlookers. Songkran Water Festival attracts millions of visitors from across the world to participate in these celebrations.
Cannes Film Festival
Where: Cannes, France
Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s most prominent film festivals that attracts top dignitaries in the film industry. With the increase in the number and quality of films produced in recent years, Cannes Film Festival has turned out to be an outstanding event in the film industry calendar. Come and see some of the world’s best actors on stage. It is just perfect for celeb spotting.
Notting Hill Carnival
Where: Notting Hill, London, UK
Notting Hill Carnival is one of the popular summer events in London. Participants of this prestigious carnival have practiced for several months just to entertain the spectators. Highlights include beautifully decorated floats, professional dancers and a riot of steel drums. Do you want to put those old dancing skills to test but don’t know where? Well, plan your next trip to the Notting Hill Carnival where you enjoy great music and dance your feet off.
Observed by Hindus, Sikhs, also some Jains, Newar Buddhists, and other non-Hindus
Type religious, cultural, spring festival
Celebrations Night before: Holika Bonfire
On Holi: spray colours on others, dance, party; eat festival delicacies
Date per Hindu calendar
2017 date Monday, 13 March
2018 date Friday, 2 March
2019 date Thursday, 21 March
Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the \”festival of colours\” or the \”festival of love\”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Phagwah
Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some customary drinks include bhang (marijuana), which is intoxicating. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.
Buñol, Valencia, Spain
Date Last Wednesday in August
2016 date August 31
2017 date August 30
2018 date August 29
2019 date August 28
La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
Usually the fight lasts for an hour, after which the town square is liberally covered with tomato debris. Fire trucks then hose down the streets and participants often use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomatoes from their bodies. Some participants go to the “los peñones” pool to wash. The acidity of the tomatoes leads to the washed surfaces in the town becoming very clean.
Since 2013 participation in the event has been restricted to the holders of paid tickets. In 2015, it is estimated that almost 145000 kg of tomatoes were thrown.
Explore the world in a unique way by taking part in some of these prestigious festivals. The world itself is filled with many festivals taking place in vibrant places thus presenting you with a great chance to never stop partying. Regardless of what you are looking for, there is something for everyone.
To be honest this list could go on forever, every large festival soon makes its way across the world but if you happen to get a chance to see any of these in its country of origin it always seems to be something spectacular.
Here is a list of other amazing festivals you should see –
Chinese New Year
Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea
Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival – Harbin, China
White Nights Festival – St. Petersburg, Russia
Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico
Running of The Bulls – Pamplona, Spain
Up Helly Aa Fire Festival – Scotland
Carnival of Venice – Venice, Italy
Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan
New Year\’s Eve – Sydney Harbor, Australia
Songkran Water Festival – Thailand
Gay Pride Parade – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – New Mexico, USA
Full Moon Party – Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Glastonbury — Glastonbury, England
Battle of the Oranges – Ivrea, Italy
South by Southwest – Austin Texas
Tomorrowland – Boom Belgium (now making its way across the world)
Diwali – It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and recently Sindh Province in Pakistan
Just for Laughs is a comedy festival held each July in Montreal, Quebec, Canada