Festivals are a way people can express and celebrate traditions from all around the world, it brings happiness and energy into our lives. Festivals brings people closer and gives us a sense of belonging to a particular group. Festivals could be for entertainment purposes, or to honor beliefs and traditions, but no what the purpose is, they always bring joy into our life. Almost every country has a world-renowned festival such as Italy’s Carnival Of Venice, or The Netherlands’s King’s Day or Thailand’s Songkran. Here are 10 Incredible Festivals From Around The World everyone should attend at least once in their life.
1. Burning Man Festival, Nevada, United States:
The US hosts many world-renowned festivals such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico or Mardi Gras in Louisiana. But the Burning Man Festival is something different than any other festival. The annual event takes place in the black rock desert of Nevada and lasts for a week. The name comes from burning of large wooden sculpture. More than 50000 people come together to participate in works of art, create a temporary city, make friends and hang out at this event. The festival starts on last Monday of August and ends on the first Monday of September.
2. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China:
The annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China is the largest ice and snow festival in the world. The event officially takes place from January 5 to February 5 annually. The festival includes international competition of ice & snow sculptures, illuminated buildings made from huge ice blocks, winter swimming in Songhua river, ice lantern show, ice sailing and speed skating. Harbin’s arctic-like weather helps the festival to grow.
3. Rio Carnival, Ri de Janeiro:
Considered the biggest carnival in the world, the Rio Carnival attracts two million people per day on the streets of Brazil. The festival first started in 1723 in Rio. The carnival takes place before Easter every year and goes on for five days. The singing, dancing, the Samba parades and all the other fun perfectly represents Brazilian culture.
4. Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany:
The world’s largest Volksfest, Oktoberfest attracts more than six million people from around the world to attend the festival every year. It is a folk festival running from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October. The first Oktoberfest held on 12th October 1810. Only six breweries in Munich, Paulaner, Spatenbrau, Lowenbrau, Hacker- Pschor-Brau, Augustiner-Brau and Hofbrau-Munchen are allowed to serve beer for Oktoberfest. The festival also includes amusement rides, games and a variety of traditional food for the visitors.
5. International Sand Sculpture Festival, Portugal:
The largest sand sculpture event in the world, Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia has been held since 2003 in Pêra, Algarve, Portugal. The site of 15,000 square meters gets dotted with 50 towering sculptures that are made from about 40000 tons of sands, carved by 60 artists from all over the world each year. The theme of the festival depends on local traditions, popular cultures and mythology.
6. Lantern Festival, Taiwan:
Hosted by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taiwan, the Lantern Festival includes many activities for attenders. The festival is celebrated all over Taiwan on the first full-Moon night of every Lunar year. The Pingxi district of Taiwan gets decorated with thousands of sky lanterns lights. The theme of the main lanterns depends on the Chinese zodiac sign of the respective year. The festival includes lantern making, lantern riddle games and firework displays.
7. La Tomatina & San Vino Wine Fight, Spain:
Two of Spain’s most popular festivals, La Tomatina takes place in the Valencian town of Buñol and San Vino Wine Fight takes place in the picturesque town of Haro, in the Rioja region. The Haro Wine Festival also includes youth bullfights. It takes place on June 29, the day of the patron saint San Pedro. The La Tomatina festival takes place on last Wednesday of every August annually. It starts with an event called ‘Palo jabon’ and features music, dance, parades and cooking contests.
8. Holi- The festival of colours, India:
Although Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent, it has gain popularity across the world. Called the festival of colours, Holi is celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal. One of the most important and vibrant festivals in India, Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil. Holi is celebrated on the day after the full Moon in March of every year starting with burning of Holika.
9. Tomorrowland, Belgium:
The electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium attracts youngsters from all over the world. It started in 2005 and has since become one among the world’s largest and most notable music festivals. The festival stretching over 2 weekends sells out in minutes. Tomorrowland has been recreated by many other countries including the US where it’s called TomorrowWorld. The festival has won several awards including the Best International Dance Music Festival award and World’s Best Festival award. In 2017, the festival brought €100 million to the local economy and most of it was spent by foreigners.
10. Dia De Los Muertos, Mexico:
Celebrated throughout Mexico, Dia De Los Muertos or The Day of the Dead is a multi-day holiday. It involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2008.