World Festivals You Have To Experience Once

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In this blog we’ve chose some of our all time favourite festivals for you to add to the bucket list. All over the world there’s many unique, vibrant and sometimes completely bonkers festivals, just waiting to be discovered by you. Drinking, dancing and spreading a little colour, festivals have a way of connecting strangers together – sometimes even creating lifetime friendships. How many will you visit? 

🇩🇪 OKTOBERFEST 🇩🇪

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If Beer is what you’re looking for then Oktoberfest is the best place to be. Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day festival held each year in Munich, Germany. It runs from late September to early October and is one of the most famous events in Germany with more than 5 million people attending every year. Drinking is the main activity here however there is also a fairground and bands playing in all the tents. In many pubs throughout the city they have live bands playing for you to visit and have something to eat while listening to some great music. And of course Munich is a great city with plenty of sightseeing to do.

🇧🇷 RIO CARNIVAL‎ 🇧🇷

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The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is a world famous festival held seven Sundays before Easter Sunday every year. It is considered to be the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. During the festival very little happens in Rio except Carnival revelry, but the highlight of the entire Carnival has to be the Samba Parade.

🇮🇪 ST. PATRICK‘S DAY 🇮🇪

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Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March in Ireland. It commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. These days large festivals and parade are held across the country which include drinking Guinness, wearing green and Irish dancing.

🇬🇧 GLASTONBURY 🇬🇧

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts – commonly known as Glastonbury – is the largest green field open-air festival in the world. The English festival, held on the last weekend of June, is best known for its contemporary music, but also features dance, comedy, theatre, circus and many other arts. Glastonbury is often described as ‘a one off’ and ‘nothing like any festival you’ve experienced before.’

🇮🇳 HOLI 🇮🇳

Holi is a festival, also known as the festival of colours, celebrated on the day after the March full moon.  This ancient Hindu festival starts with a Holika bonfire the night before Holi where people gather to sing and dance. Then the next morning is where everyone is free to play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water. Some also carry water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Big groups often carry drums and musical instruments, going from place to place, singing and dancing.

🏳️‍🌈 GAY PRIDE PARADE 🏳️‍🌈

Amsterdam Pride is a citywide gay-festival held annually at the centre of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. It attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year hence why it’s one of the largest held annual events in the Netherlands. The peak of the festival is during the canal parade where boats can be seen swarming the waters with activists and people from around the world.

🇪🇸 LA TOMATINA 🇪🇸

Buñol in Spain holds the La Tomatina Festival on the last Wednesday of August. This celebration attracts many locals as well as tourists, who throw tomatoes just for fun! The city becomes entirely covered with tomato paste throughout the process. The signal for the beginning of the fight is the firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself.

🇦🇺 SYDNEY NEYEAREVE 🇦🇺

Sydney New Year’s Eve is an annual event held every New Year’s Eve over Sydney Harbour, centring on the Harbour Bridge. Its main features are the two displays, the 9pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks, both of which are televised nationally. Each year the event takes on a new theme and is regularly viewed by more than one million people at the harbour and one billion worldwide for the televised Midnight Fireworks.

 

🇺🇸 BURNING MAN 🇺🇸

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The Burning Man radical arts festival is held every year at Black Rock City, Nevada. However this is no ordinary town,  it’s an ephemeral town that exists for one week each year, during Burning Man. The town has about 60,000 citizens plus a post office, emergency services crew, houses, bars, clubs and hundreds of art installations and participatory “theme camps”. After a week, the city is completely disassembled – much of it burned – leaving the stark, white desert exactly as bare as it had been when the event started.  If you want a break from the ordinary and can actually party 24/7, then head to the deserts of Nevada.

 

🇰🇷 BORYEONG MUFESTIVAL 🇰🇷

In 1996 a South Korea cosmetics company developed a line of beauty products using mud from the Boryeong mud flats as a main ingredient. To help promote the benefits the mud and products have, the Boryeong Mud Festival was created. These days the Festival is normally held in July and includes mud slides, mud prison, mud pools, mud skiing, live music and the festival’s culminating fireworks display.