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Popular Festivals from across the Globe by Priyanka ,  Sep 3, 2013

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

Mardi Gras Carnival 5 Popular Festivals to Look Forward to When Travelling

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

La Tomatina 5 Popular Festivals to Look Forward to When Travelling

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

Rio de Janerio Brazil 5 Popular Festivals to Look Forward to When Travelling

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.

Holi, India

Holi 5 Popular Festivals to Look Forward to When Travelling

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 Mexico 5 Popular Festivals to Look Forward to When Travelling

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.

10 Most Entertaining Festivals Around The World

Most countries have their unique festivals and events that can be once in a lifetime experience for the tourists. Festivals are really useful for that countries economies. They don’t last more than 3-7 days but the money amount left behind is huge. Tourists don’t care about spending money for that kind of entertainment events. Having a popular festival for a country is way more profitable than having lots of historial places. For example Turkey. In Turkey there are countless historical places but they don’t have a traditional famous festival like Rio fest. Only Rio Fest revenues can be bigger than one years total revenues from tourist attractions in Turkey. Check out 10 Most Entertaining Festivals Around The World below. If you have been in unforgettable festival like them, feel free to comment and share with us. Here’s an infographic to help you see what is around the city of Chicago.

10 – Thailand – The Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan

Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan

Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan

Haad Rin is home to the Full Moon Party and also houses about 3-5000 rather mad people; it is the island’s nightlife capital and has Koh Phangan’s biggest concentration of beach clubs that collectively put on the ultimate travellers get together. There are over 12 major sound systems running the length of Had Rin beach, catering for 8000 to 12,000 punters in low season, 15,000 to 20,000 in high season and up to 30,000 at New Year. Within this transient crowd of party animals some highly talented DJ’s pass through, banging out their wares to the raging lunar explorers that have landed on planet party.

09 – Spain – The Festival of San Fermin

Festival of San Fermin

Festival of San Fermin

The Festival of San Fermin attracts thousands of visitors to Pamplona, Spain every year. The nine-day festival includes a carnival, bullfights and of course, the famous Running of the Bulls. Deeply traditional, it has been held since 1591, and remains a popular, if dangerous and controversial event.

08 – India – Diwali in Amritsar

Diwali in Amritsar

Diwali in Amritsar

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is celebrated in various parts of the world including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. The word Diwali itself came into popular use after it was first known by the name of Dipavali, which derives the meaning a row of lamps. It is always said ‘’There’s nothing like food cooked at home but nothing compares celebrating Diwali at Amritsar!’’

07 – China – The Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

No place on earth celebrates Chinese New Year like Hong Kong! Asia’s world city welcomes the Year of the Dragon with colourful flower markets, breathtaking fireworks, a dazzling world-class night parade, bustling incense-filled temples, lively sports events, and much more.

06 – South Korea – Boryeong’s Mud Festival on Daecheon Beach

Mud Festival on Daecheon Beach

Mud Festival on Daecheon Beach

The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong. This festival awakens the inner child of every person. Boryeong’s mud festival encourages you to get yourself dirty in the mud by smearing it all over your body.

05 – USA – Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Burning Man Festival

Burning Man Festival

Burning Man is an annual event when up to 48,000 people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock desert to create art and express their individuality. People who have gone to Burning Man gatherings claim you need to attend to truly understand.

04 – Australia – New Year Celebrations in Sydney Harbour

Celebrations in Sydney Harbour

Celebrations in Sydney Harbour

Sydney New Year’s Eve is an annual multi-tiered event held every New Year’s Eve over Sydney Harbour, centering on the Harbour Bridge. Its main features are the two pyrotechnic displays, the 9pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks. It is known as the best place in the world to see the New Year fireworks display.

03 – Scotland – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.

02 – Germany – Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest Entertaining Festivals


Famous beer festival. The Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 21th century: some 6 million visitors from all around the world converge on the Oktoberfest each year. It is one of the best place to get drunk.

01 – Brazil – Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Our number one is Rio Fest. The first records of Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro date back to 1723. Immigrants from the Portuguese islands of Açores, Madeira and Cabo Verde introduced here the Entrudo.The idea was basically getting everybody soaked wet. People would go out in the streets with buckets of water and limes, and everybody could be a potential victim. Even Emperors took part in the fun. It happens at the peak of summer, when Cariocas are at their best. This event is celebrated throughout Brazil but Rio’s is the biggest and most spectacular one.

10 of the world's most amazing festivals 

Forget Hay-on-Wye. Ten of the craziest, most colourful festivals around the world... in glorious technicolour.

Feast your eyes on this stunning collection of photos of 10 of the craziest, most colourful festivals in the world and maybe get inspired to go to one some day. 

1. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, USA

5-13 October

Pigs might really fly. Events at the world's largest gathering of hot air balloons include the Special Shape Rodeo, and the Mass Ascension, when thousands of balloons lift off to the strains of the Star Spangled Banner.

Loykrathong Festival, Sukhothai, Thailand

2. Loykrathong Festival, Sukhothai, Thailand


Thailand (and parts of Laos and Burma) celebrates the 'Floating Crown (or Boat)' by floating of rafts laden with flowers and flying sky lanterns, accompanied by fireworks and partying..

Las Fallas, Valencia, Spain

5. Las Fallas, Valencia, Spain

May 2014

Unfortunately you've just missed it for this year, but Valencia's neighbourhood committees will probably already be planning next year's falla - a large construction of papier-mâché dolls or puppets which takes months to make, all for a parade that ends up with them getting chucked on a big bonfire.

Elephant Festival, Jaipur

6. Elephant Festival, Jaipur, India

16 March 2014

Elephants have always held an important place in the Indian society, thanks to Lord Ganesha , the Hindu deity with the head of an elephantm who is the spiritual MC of this, the mother-of-all pachyderm parties, .

Lanterns, Taipei, Taiwan

7. PingXi Sky Lantern Festival, Taipei, Taiwan

February 2014

While Chinese lanterns are now a fixture of summer festivals and UFO reports in the UK, in Taipei they let off 150,000 of the things simultaneously to celebrate Chinese New Year.

 Pushkar Camel Fair, India

8. Pushkar Camel Fair, India

6-17 November

If you like camels, then you'll love 'India's greatest tribal gathering', as you can meet 20,000 of the creatures in the Rajasthan desert. If you're in the market for a convoy of camels to take home, this is the occasion to do your shopping.

Days of the Dead, Mexico

9. Days of the Dead, Mexico

1-2 November

Along with Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is the world’s best known event in honour of death. ‘The living’ invite the dead (close relatives, not random strangers) to come to the family home for a visit. At least everyone, living and dead, gets to eat ghoulish-themed sweets and stuff.  

Harbin Ice Festival, China

10. Harbin Ice Festival, China

December - January

Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province in north-east China, hosts this crazy, colourful, cold carnival of ice and snow, featuring, ice sculptures, ice lantern show, ice sliding, ice sailing, ice hockey, ice football, and any other ice-related stuff you can think of.

The Running of the Bulls Pamplona, Spain

This internationally known and recognized event is also known as The Festival of San Fermin. It has grown massively and attracts tens of thousands who wish to run with the bulls. The running of the bulls has originated from farmers in 13th century using this running taking cattle to market, although this quickly turned into a competition among them. Nowadays thousand of people run and chased by the bulls.

Love Parade – Germany

The Love Parade began at a pivotal time in Europe’s history – 1989 – and has become a world phenomenon since. With copycat festivals all over the world, the original draws well over a million participants every August to Berlin and the Ruhr area of Germany. In essence, the festival is a rave of epic proportions.

Aerial view of Love Parade Festival, Berlin

Fans of techno, trance and house music turn the streets into a massive dance party that is at times bawdy and slightly orgiastic. There are some political overtones to the whole affair but basically, Love Parade is about music and carefree Euro-fun.

Love Parade street scene, Berlin

Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka MatsuriWhen it comes to strange festivals it’s pretty hard to beat the Japanese. Although this “naked festival” seems like little more than a bunch of guys running around in diapers it’s actually considered to be fairly sacred by some people and can be traced back hundreds of years.

Even in our digital age, there's a hunger to gather with people in real life. That's the idea behind a new website,, which launched this week. It's devoted to the world's top festivals, offering daily coverage and guidance on attending. "The need for festivals is greater than ever," says Chip Conley, site founder, travel veteran and best-selling author. He shares some favorites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

Calgary Stampede

Alberta, Canada

Conley calls this annual summer gathering, which wraps up Sunday, a Woodstock for cowboys and cowgirls. "It's really the biggest rodeo in the world," he says. A favorite event is the chuck wagon races. Plus, the northern latitude means there's sunlight well into the evening, providing more time for fun.


Boom, Belgium

Old World Belgium is the unlikely setting for this futuristic, edgy electronic music festival, scheduled for July 26-29 this year. Along with the music, the festival stands out for its visuals: fairy-tale staging and decorations that feel right out of a Tim Burton movie, Conley says. "This is probably the most well-produced festival in the world. It feels like you've gone to Alice in Wonderland." A U.S. version comes to Atlanta in September.


Indio, Calif.

Even a festival fiend like Conley says he sometimes can be scared of big music gatherings. But this annual April fest near Palm Springs is one of the best managed in the world. Crowds aren't too big, which cuts down on the rowdiness, he says. And the music is wonderful. "It has everything from rock to pop culture to a little bit of urban R&B and rap and electronic dance music."

Kumbh Mela

Nashik, India

This Hindu pilgrimage should be on the bucket list of anyone interested in religion and India, Conley says. Held over 55 days, it attracts an astonishing 100 million people, making it the largest festival in the world. "It's an ancient ritual that has been going on for thousands of years. I'm not a Hindu and I loved it." The gathering rotates among four cities and will next be held in August 2015.