Breathtaking Festivals

Around the World You Must See

Experience some of the most fascinating, vibrate, colorful and unique festivals along with cultural celebrations that is attracting millions of people from around the globe.

Some of the most popular and breathtaking festivals around the world are celebration of diversity and culture that is expressed in unique and colourful way.

Every year millions of people gather together to unite, experience and gain an insight into various wonderful cultural festivals in different countries around the world. Here are 24 breathtaking Festivals from around the world that you must see!

24. Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is London's largest street festival, which takes place every year. It is one of Europe’s biggest, vibrant, colorful event which celebrate, the Caribbean’s fascinating heritage, culture and traditions. There is plenty of traditional food, dancing, music including steel bands, reggae and salsa artists. People in their festival costumes, showing them off in the huge parade and processions through the streets.

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23. Diwali

Diwali is an annual Hindu Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. Diwali, which is one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, coincides with Hindu New Year. The festival which symbolizes the spiritual ‘ victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.’ It is marked with feasts and firework displays, houses will also be decorated with candles and colourful lights as people share gifts and recite prayers

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22. Day Of The Dead

The Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday from October 31st to November 2nd and is celebrated throughout Mexico, and by people of Mexican heritage. The cultural celebration of the ‘days of the dead’ is the time where the deceased loved ones are honour and remembered. Traditionally, families gather to decorate altars and celebrate their deceased loved ones, visiting their graves with food and gifts.

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21. Coachella Festival

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival or Coachella, is an annual music and arts festival held in the Colorado Desert, California. It features some of the world’s best musical artists, fantastic art installations, sculptures and great food. in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the the Colorado Desert of California.

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20. Battle of the Oranges - Italy

The Battle of the Oranges, is a festival in the Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing oranges between nine combat teams of townspeople. This large food fight takes place in February over three days. It involves groups of people wearing protective gear in wagons that are designated to throw oranges at the unprotected, masses of people.

19. Glastonbury - England

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, located near Pilton, Somerset, is the largest green field open-air music and performing arts festival in the world. It features dance, comedy, theatre, cabaret and many other arts. Leading pop and rock artists performs alongside thousands of others, appearing on smaller stages and performance areas.

18. Mardi Gras - Louisiana, USA

"Mardi Gras, in New Orleans, is a Carnival celebration and of activities related to the start of the Christian season of Lent. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades, costumes, masks and masquerade balls.

17. Albuquerque Int'l. Balloon Fiesta - USA

The Alburquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a spectacular festival held in Alburquerque, New Mexico, where hot air balloons of various shapes and sizes, paints the sky. This yearly festival is held early October, for nine days, the Albuquerque skies are a canvas of rainbow colours with more than 500 hot air balloons.

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16. Saint Patrick's Day - Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Day, is a celebration of the Irish culture and heritage, named after Saint Patrick,the most celebrated patron saints of Ireland and the subsequent arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is held annually on March 17, and most Irish families attend church first before joining in the celebration. Celebration involves colourful parades, dancing, feasting and wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

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15. Songkran Festival - Thailand

Maha Songkran Festival is one of the prominent festivals in Thailand, observed as the traditional Thai New Year Day and is celebrated from 13th to 15th of April. People celebrate the festival by pouring water on others, which is considered as the symbol of washing away bad luck and sins. Elephants also walk around splashing off water jets at the people.

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14. Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Melbourne foodie event is a gastronomic spectacle, which host the famous world’s longest lunch and a range of delightful events and fun activities to suit all tastes. With over 300 culinary events all over Melbourne and Victoria, the event showcase the best fare and produce the region has to offer.

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13. Oktoberfest - Germany

Oktoberfest, is the world's largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people from around the world attend the event every year, and although the event is mainly about beer, and beautiful waitresses, it also celebrate traditional German cuisine, music and various attractions for all ages.

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12. La Tomatina - Spain

La Tomatina is the 'world's biggest food fight' which takes place during the La Tomatina festival and is held every year in Buñol near Valencia. The highlight of the festival is the tomato fight where ‘its every man for himself’ as participants throw tomatoes at everyone and anyone within the boundary. La tomatina is one event that gets you dancing and engaging in unlimited fun.

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11. Pingxi Lantern Festival - Taiwan

At the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District in Taiwan. Originally, people went to the temple to pray for blessings and released sky lanterns. The lanterns reflects the lives and hopes of the people as they are lit and slowly rise aloft, transforming the night sky magically into sanctuary of lights. The visual enjoyment of seeing the magnificent sight is a beautiful moment!

10. Carnival of Venice - Italy

The world famous, Carnival of Venice, is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. During the carnival, Venice comes alive with elaborate costumes and masked Venetians and tourists. Bands, jugglers and entertainers are everywhere while the canals are full of colourful water-borne pageants. The nights are also full of parties and masked balls; and the city lights up with magical spectacle ... truly a magnificent sight!

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9. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival - Scotland

Up Helly Aa, is Europe’s biggest fire festival, held annually in Lerwick, Shetland to mark the end of the Yule season. It involves a series of marches, visitations and a torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley. It is followed by hours of performing acts and dancing in halls throughout Lerwick. There is a main guizer who is dubbed the "Jarl". The procession concludes with torches being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley.

8. Holi Festival

Holi Festival, is a spring festival, celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. Holi is also called 'The Festival of Colours', and people celebrate the festival by smearing each other with paint, and throwing coloured powder and dye around in an atmosphere of great good humour. Groups with musical instruments, go from place to place to sing, dance and share Holi delicacies with families and friends.

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7. Running of the Bulls

The Running of the Bulls is a part of the famous San Fermin festival in Spain. It involves running in front of a small group of bulls that have been let loose on a street course that has been sectioned-off. A rocket begins the event and to alert the runners that the corral gate is open, then a second rocket signals that all six bulls have been released, and then ‘run for your life’. Its not for the faint-hearted as it's pretty dangerous!

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6. White Nights Festival

The White Nights Festival, is an annual international arts festival which consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events. Its performances are by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. The popular Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event in Russia attracting over 1 million people.

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5. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, exhibiting the most exquisite and biggest ice and snow sculptures in the world. The festival has grown in international participation. Every year people build incredible ice sculptures and ice architecture out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers. This exhibition has a lot to offer, one can only find out after visiting it...and it is phenomenal!

4. Burning Man

Burning Man is an annual event held in Nevada’s Black Rock desert wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.

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3. Boryeong Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival was born so potential customers could feel the benefits of the special mud firsthand. A South Korea cosmetics company developed a line of beauty products which featured mud from the Boryeong mud flats as a main ingredient. You can enjoy live music, acupuncture, and the festival's culminating fireworks display.

2. Chinese New Year - China

Chinese New Year, is the longest festival and its the most important and significant day of the year in the Chinese calendar. celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. Celebrations include, dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers and lanterns, and of

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1. Rio de Janeiro Carnival

The famous Rio Carnival in Brazil is the biggest festival in the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors daily from all corners the globe. It is inconceivable to think of Rio without thinking of its unrivaled Carnival. The Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools. Throughout the city, Samba music can be heard and exciting crowds dance and play all day and night.

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