Popular Festivals Around The World
We all have that ultimate travel bucket list and we’re sure you also have one. However travelling doesn’t only include climbing hills and soaking sun at a beach, if being well endowed with a culture is your thing, then probably attending a festival in a land is a good idea. Besides the major festivals we know about (courtesy our social media feeds), we hardly know the names of a lot of interesting festivals and places we need to put on our list of ‘must attend’. We decided to put up the ultimate list of 10 really interesting and intriguing festivals which you should add to your list:
1. Carnival (Rio Di Janeiro)
This happens right before Lent starts in Brazil. Long parades by Samba schools, people taking to the streets to celebrate, it is basically a party on the streets that lasts for six long days! This festival traces back its history to Portuguese roots which is why a version of Carnival takes place in Goa every December as well.
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2. La Tomatina (Spain)
Everyone knows about this crazy celebration courtesy the hit movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ but let us tell you, it is totally worth it! Thousands of people get together to throw tomatoes and just dip themselves in pure fun and laughter.
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3. Halloween (USA)
Halloween parties happen all across the globe but if you truly want to experience the spirit of this holiday, you need to be in America on 31st October. People wear Halloween costumes, and go ‘trick or treating’ from door to door. Other activities include carving out a pumpkin and playing some divination games.
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4. St. Patricks Festival (Netherlands)
This religious and cultural festival is celebrated on 17th March. Patrick was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland and it is believed that he found ‘god’ while working as a shepherd for six years. The festival witnesses everyone dressed in shades of green and participating in public parades and Irish music sessions. While religious in nature, it is still quite an experience.
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5. World Sacred Spirit Festival (Jodhpur, India)
This is a wonderful experience which can be endured at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur every year. This festival takes place in February every year and was formerly known as a Sufi festival. Musicians from around the globe come together to offer a melody unlike any other in the world. You can experience the magic of listening to a variety of music which ranges from Lithuanian harp to the ethnic tunes of Morocco.
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6. Ouidah International Voodoo Festival( Benin)
The mere name of the festival must have intrigued you! In many parts of Benin, voodoo is still alive and exists in their culture. People offer prayers in the temple of the Pythons and people from all over the world offer their regards to the wizards present there followed by ceremonial drums and religious dances.
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7. Holi (India)
Probably the most colourful festival in the world, ‘Holi’ literally translates to the festival of colors. People perform the ‘Holika Dahan’ one day prior to the festival and the day is marked with everyone throwing water filled balloons and colors at each other.
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8. Mevlana Festival (Turkey)
This is the most beautiful festival for every Sufi lover in the world. Men dressed in white robes swirling to beautiful tunes are a magical experience. The festival is dedicated to the great poet Rumi , who is believed to have associated the swirling with the act of achieving divine harmony.
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9. Sky Lanterns Festival (China)
The festival is celebrated amongst all Chinese communities in Asia. People go out at night carrying paper lanterns. When people let the lanterns free in the sky, they are letting go of their past as well. This festival marks the beginning of peace and new beginnings for everyone.
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10. Oktoberfest (Germany)
It is the biggest beer festival in the world and as the name suggests, it takes place in October every year. More than 6 million attend this folk festival which is very close to Bavarian culture. Beer mugs re chugged down, amusement rides and games are set up and people simple drink to get merry.
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Have you attended any of these or are you planning to attend them? This list should give a good head start to help you choose.