Incredible Festivals You Should Experience Before You Die
Festivals are a unique way to indulge and experience a destination. From well-known cultural events, to quirky parties you may have never heard of, and with several hundred festivals all over the world every month – there are plenty to choose from! Whether you’re looking for the ultimate cultural experience, the glamour of a film festival or the sheer joy of a music festival – there is something here for everyone. These are some of the most interesting world festivals.
1. Tomorrowland, Belgium
When- 3 days in July month, often around the dates of 24-25 July. Where- Boom, Belgium.
Why in the list- Tomorrowland is a Belgian electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium. The world’s biggest EDM festival with the most famous DJ’s around the world, live in front of thousands of people from all over the world.
2. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil
When- Every February, or early March, as it takes place 47 days before Easter. Where- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Why in the list- Considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. Witness the culture, vibrancy, enthusiasm among the artists in the parades. Apart from parades, travelers can also enjoy Carnival balls- costumed, parties with live music and dancing. There are also open-air concerts (Rio Folia), as well as live band performances, for visitors to enjoy.
3. La Tomatina Festival, Spain
When- Last Wednesday of August Where- Valencian town of Bunol, East of Spain
Why in the list- Famously worldwide this fest, all the local residents get together to throw tomatoes at each other in a gigantic food fight. Swim in the sea of tomatoes with harmless fights among the visitors who come to indulge in the “World’s Biggest Food Fight”.
4. Chinese New Year, China
When- Generally between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. Where- Throughout China
Why in the list – Celebrated with love and zeal in China, this festival is famous for dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. If you want to be a part of this fest the Beijing is the perfect place to experience this festivity.
5. Coachella Music & Art Festival, California, USA
When- Last weekend of April Where- Empire Polo Club in Indio, California
Why in the list - Held over two weekends in Indio, just east of Palm Springs. The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, pop, indie, hip hop and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Its like heaven for the music lovers, people around the world come to bury their sorrow and live the fest with passion.
6. St. Patrick's Day
When- 17th day of March. Where- Ireland, Nottingham and London
Why in the list- The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Wohoo! Green all around
7. Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
When- Starts on the day before Monday and ends on the American Labor Day holiday (Labor Day is on the first Monday of September every year).
Where- Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
Why in the list- Held every summer in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, becomes a temporary city filled with costumed attendees enjoying complete freedom and creative expression. First, they built several large wooden effigies and then burn it down. There are several fascinating things you can do here. Understanding this fest in a first go is very difficult. It is one of the weirdest festivals in the world.
8. Running of The Bulls, Pamplona, Spain
When- 6th to the 14th of July Where- Pamplona, Spain
Why in the list– It is a part of the famous San Fermin festival in which 6 fierce bulls are released into streets of Pamplona. It draws attention of thousands of visitors to run towards the City Centre. It is undoubtedly dangerous that led to injured 50-100 people every year. The Festival of San Fermín takes place over nine days, and different events are held each day. Bull runs, bullfights, parades, and fireworks shows are held every day.
9. Kings Day, Amsterdam
When- Every year on 27 April Where- Amsterdam
Why in the list- King's Day (Koningsdag in Dutch) is held on the king's birthday (William Alexander of Orange) every year. On this day the whole city turn orange to mark the birthday of their king. On King’s Day, people are allowed to sell things on the street without requiring a permit. Flea (‘free’) markets are held in parks and streets, with many people offering their unwanted possessions, music or other entertainment for sale.
10. Holi, India
When- End of winter, on the day after the full moon in March each year Where- Everywhere in India, especially in Uttar Pradesh
Why in the list– Also known as the festival of colors, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in India, Nepal. But if you want to enjoy to the fullest then Uttar Pradesh, a state of India celebrates this festival in different ways. By throwing colors, flowers upon each other people enjoy it by beating drums & playing musical instruments, sing and dance together.
11. Día De Los Muertos (Day of The Dead) – Mexico
When- From October 31- November 2. Where- Throughout Mexico
Why in the list- The 3-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is celebrated by making private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Large parades with people dressing like a skull with face painting are an eye-catching part of the day.
12. Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan
When- Last day of the Lunar New Year Where- Taipei, Taiwan
Why in the list– Hosted by the district of Pingxi, is an iconic festival sees thousands of visitors gathering in the village to write their wishes on paper lanterns and release them into the sky. They represent the end of the Chinese New Year period and their release symbolizes the shedding of outdated ways and embracing the future.
13.Mardi Gras, New Orleans
When- The day before Ash Wednesday, which always falls 46 days before Easter. Where- New Orleans, USA
Why in the list- It means Fat Tuesday in French, and is traditionally the day with the most extreme celebrations. Parades take over the city, and one of the most popular traditions is for the costumed performers to throw out beads, doubloons, or other trinkets, known as “throws”.
14. Oktoberfest, Germany
When-Starts from mid- or late September to the first Sunday in October Where- Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Why in the list- Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held annually, is a 16 days long festival which gathers around 6 million people from several parts of the world. The beer is served in traditional huge glasses by waitresses in folk costumes. Get drunk and live the aura!
15.Carnevale di Venezia
When- Venice, Italy Where- 40 days before Easter
Why in the list- 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!