Attending festival’s abroad gives one a chance to bond with new people, witness and partake in interesting rituals, experience the uniqueness of cultures and more than anything give’s you a reason to party. Here is a list of the most fun and popular festivals across the globe.
Mardi Gras Carnival, New Orleans USA
If you are travelling to the United States in early January you must take time out to have a look at the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. Parade goers throughout the city take to the streets in colorful masked costumes and krewe floats. The float riders throw charms, beaded necklaces and inexpensive toys out to the crowds. In perfect Fat Tuesday tradition, an amazing amount of delicious food is on sale throughout the city during this week long festival. The spirit of the festival is infectious and even the holiday haters let loose on this day to dress up in inventive outfits and party on the streets.
La Tomatina, Buñol Spain
The world’s biggest tomato fight: La Tomatina is held on the last Wednesday of August in Valecian town of Buñol. Thousands of people attend this fest which marks the end of the week-long celebration of their patron saint. Over 40 metric tons of tomatoes are squashed and pelted at by people on this day. The fight lasts for only an hour. The rules of the fight are fairly simple, squash the tomato before you throw it, don’t throw anything other than tomatoes and stop fighting when they blow the horn at the end of the hour. After the fight fire trucks hose down the tomatoes off the streets and the people.
Carnival, Rio de Janerio Brazil
Preparations to forgo meat before lent are the most stylish and fun at Rio, Brazil. The Carnival of Brazil is a four day grand festival held six weeks before lent. It is the most celebrated holiday in Brazil and the festivities are such that they go on for day and night over a week’s time. All business is put aside and the people of Rio don fabulous head gear made of feathers, and glittering bikinis to samba their way across the town. The major events of the festival are- the Sambódromo Parade, where samba schools take to the streets in flashy costumes and huge floats to battle for the title of the best samba school and; the Masquerade Ball.
Every year in early spring Hindus in India and across the world celebrate holi, the festival of colors, by donning their old clothes and playing with colored powder and scented water. People visit their relatives and usually the house with the biggest backyard is turned into a play area for everyone to let loose and have fun with water and colors. A traditional drink called Bhang is served on Holi. The drink is made with weed and has intoxicating effects. If you happen to be in India on the day of holi don’t be surprised if someone throws a bucket full of colored water on you, when your walking down the streets. And if you are specifically planning a trip to India to see the festival be sure to pack a raggy old tee shirt along with a pair of old shorts.
Día de Muertos, Mexico
Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a two-day festival celebrated in mexico when people remember and pray for those relatives who have passed away. The celebrations take place on the 1st and 2nd of November. If you have ever feared dying then it’s a festival you must witness. It makes dying seem like an accomplishment. The locals dress up in skeletal costumes and march to the cemetry. They build private altars of the favourite things of their departed ones and take them to the cemetery. Toys or candies are bought for the kids who passed away and tequila and other items for the adults. It is a festival that shall reaffirm your belief in life beyond death.