10 BEST FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD YOU MUST CELEBRATE AT LEAST ONCE
No matter where you go around the globe, everybody loves to celebrate. And when it comes to celebration, festivals offer something for everyone.
Whether it’s the arts and culture, food and wine, holidays, or religion you’re into, there’s a gathering somewhere with your name on it. Here’s a look at our “bucket list” picks for the biggest and best festivals in the world:
Burning Man, USA
Burning Man is the world’s biggest music festival that was never meant to be a music festival at all. The yearly event started out as a small hippie celebration of fire on Baker Beach in San Francisco in 1986—now, two decades after it moved to Nevada desert that people refer to as Black Rock City. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a giant wooden effigy, which is set alight on the final evening. Moreover, it hosts over 70,000 people each August for a celebration of art, music, occasional nudity, lots of dust and radical self-reliance. It is an event where humans go to shed themselves of the conventions of society. If you are someone who wants to escape the ordinary and party 24/7, then head to the deserts of Nevada for the good times and one a kind experience.
**Date: 25 Aug 2019 – 2 Sep 2019**
Snow & Ice Festival — Harbin, China
The Harbin festival is the largest snow and ice festival in the world, and it features carvings towering over 20 feet in height and full-size buildings made from gigantic blocks of ice.
When: Jan. 5–Feb. 5
Where: Harbin, China
La Tomatina Festival, Spain
If you have seen Bollywood Blockbuster Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, you probably know we are talking about the festival where tomato juice paints the streets of Bunol in red. Situated around 40 km from Valencia, Bunol is a small beautiful town where this festival is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August every year. For one hour of wholly controlled chaos, participants launch tomatoes in every corner and cranny of designated “Tomatina zones” and enjoy this one of a kind experience. Although the tomato throwing festival doesn't last long, the week preceding La Tomatina has become an epic week-long fiesta of great music, fabulous food and loads of fun. Sounds good? Well, few things are even better when felt!
Date: last Thursday of August
Holi — India
Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which starts with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is free for all carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance.
Carnival of Venice - Venice, Italy
The tradition of carnival dates back over 900 years. It was the one time during the year when there were no bounds. Everybody was free to do things desired all year without any guilt thanks to the masks. During the carnival, Venice comes alive with masked Venetians and tourists. Bands, jugglers and entertainers are everywhere and the canals are full of colorful boats. The nights are also full of parties and masked balls. It gives you a feeling as if fairy tales are coming alive!
Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
Debuting in 1998 with the concept to provide PR for numerous cosmetics created using the nutrient-rich mud, The Boryeong Mud Festival quickly became Korea's most popular summer fiesta. Now, it is just a great excuse to get down, dirty and of course have some fun. Celebrated in the coastal town of Boryeong, thousands of festival-goers get together at Darcheon Beach to enjoy the rocking live music, bathe in the nutrient-rich mud and try some mud related beauty products as well as services.
You can immerse yourself in nutrient-rich mud at the mud pool, enjoy the mudslide or embrace your artistic side by body painting with colored mud, make your own mud soaps and challenge yourself on the mud maze obstacle-course. This one of a kind festival deserves to be in your bucket list.
St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
St. Patrick’s Day may be celebrated all around the world, but nowhere pays homage to the Patron Saint of Ireland better than Dubliners. The holiday is a multi-day festival that’s more than just drinking your weight in Guinness (though that is definitely a key element!).
Dress up in all your green attire, wander the city, watch the parade, and then revel the night away in a cozy bar with some locals. If you’re a fan of a good party, this is one not to be missed!
SKY LANTERN FESTIVAL (TAIWAN)
According to the elders of Pingxi, the Sky Lantern Festival originated in the Xing Dynasty, more than two thousand years ago. At that time, bands of outlaws frequently raided the lowland villages, forcing residents to seek refuge in the mountains. Village watchmen used “fire balloons” as signals to inform the residents that their houses were safe once again and when those hiding in the hills saw the celestial flares, they knew it was time to go home. Today these lanterns have two main purposes. One: they display scribbled messages of the hopes and dreams of the purchaser who then release them into the night sky by the power of fire; and Two: they represent the end of the Chinese New Year period and their release symbolizes the shedding of outdated ways and embracing the future.
The Discovery Channels ‘Fantastic Festivals of the World’ show has highlighted the Lantern Festival as one of the best festivals in the world and something everyone should try and experience once in their lifetime.
Oktoberfest - Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The event is all about beer, beer and only beer. Imagine being surrounded by those traditional huge glasses of beer and serving them are the beautiful and sensational waitresses. It’s a party well endowed!
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - New Mexico, USA
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event, and has around 750 balloons. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Once the balloons are let off, they paint the sky with their vibrant colors and hues making it a beautiful sight to look at.