Festivals- the name itself conjures up resonant images of colors, people, gathering, laughter and so much more. It is a gateway to happiness and the best pretence to take a break from the otherwise usual wired lives. Festival is like the much awaited ultimate holiday which transforms you from jaded commuter into free spirit and opens your mind through art, music and performance.
The world is full of crazy people, and these festivals are a solid proof of it. This list features some of the craziest, messiest and most colorful festivals and events ever, where millions of people gather from all around the world. If you are planning your holidays, be sure to check the festival of that place and drench yourself in the ultimate bliss by being a part of it.
10 Best Breathtaking Festivals Around The World That You Must See
1. Sky Lantern Festivals:
This was originally celebrated to ward off evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingshi Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner and finally they’re released off into the sky together.
When: 10 February 2017
Where: Pingxi, Taiwan – Republic of China.
2. La Tomatina:
La Tomatina Festival takes place in a Spanish town in Valencia (Buñol). This is one festival you absolutely can’t miss. Participants throw tomatoes at each other and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. La Tomatina is one event that gets you dancing and engaging in unlimited fun.
When: 30 August 2017
Where: Bunol, Valencia – Spain.
3. ST Patrick’s Day:
“Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.”
Where: Dublin – Ireland & New York – USA
When: 17 March 2017.
Holi signifies the victory of good over evil. 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. It is also celebrated as a thanks giving ode to god for giving a good harvest.
When: 13 March 2017
Where: Mumbai, Delhi – India
5. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festivals:
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. It is a festival that exhibits the most exquisite ice and snow sculptures in the world. Every year people build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorate them with lights and lasers and make it the most unusual yet enticing site for the visitors.
When: Jan. 5–Feb. 5
Where: Harbin, China
6. Burning Man Festival:
Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City desert to create art and express individuality. In this festival, people experiment and create art on community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.
When: 27 August
Where: Black Rock City, Nevada
7. Running of the Bulls:
The Running of the Bulls is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of bulls that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town’s streets. A first rocket is set off at 8 a.m. to alert the runners that the corral gate is open. A second rocket signals that all six bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that the entire herd has entered the bullring and its corral respectively, marking the end of the event.
When: July 6–14
Where: Pamplona, Spain
8. Rio Carnival:
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world witmessing two million people per day on the streets. The centerpiece of this is the Sambódromo parade and the neighborhood groups who compete against each other for the title of best ‘samba school’.
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
When: 30 August 2017
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world’s largest fair. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture.
Where: Munich – Germany
When: 16 September – 3 October 2017
10. Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead):
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. This festival focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday, and all banks are closed.
When: 31 october