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17 Festivals you don’t want to miss

The world is filled with festivals, events, and parties just waiting to be attended, and I do love me a good party. There are some that have been on my bucket list for a while and hopefully, I will be able to attend at one point. There are so many epic parties, festivals and experiences around the world, so let’s take a look at some of the greatest ones.

Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Considered one of the biggest carnivals in the world, it takes celebration to a whole new level and is a party like no other.

San Fermin Festival- Pamplona, Spain

Head down to Spain for the opening ceremony, and spend the morning being doused with sangria, flour and eggs and the afternoon wandering the streets filled with music and dancing. Make sure to get up early the next day to watch the ‘running of the bulls’.

Coachella – California, USA

Don’t think a lot of people have been able to miss the hype around Coachella, every year social media gets taken over by bohemian outfits and pictures from one of the most popular music festival in the world.

Full Moon Party – Thailand

Following the lunar cycle, this party comes to life every time there’s a full moon. The most popular location is held at the beach of Koh Phangan, and even though this is completely and 100% touristy, it’s still a fun experience and one hell of a party.

Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan

Witnesses the breathtaking view of thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District. Originally it was celebrated to ward of evil and disease from the town, and the lanterns were released to show that the town was safe.

La Tomatina – Buñol, Spain

Probably one of the messiest festivals you’ll ever experience, and if you happen to have an issue with tomatoes, this might be one to avoid. La Tomatina is a food fight festival held at the end of August near Valencia. Thousands of people gather for the biggest food fight in the world, experiencing more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes being thrown in the streets.

Holi Festival – India

The Holi Festival, also known as the Festival of Color, is an ancient Hindu religious festival celebrating love and color. During this colorful celebration, there’s dancing on the streets, music playing and colored powder being thrown left and right.

Cascamorras – Baza, Spain

La Tomatina isn’t the only messy festival Spain has to offer. In the beginning of September, you can head out to Baza in the province of Granada to join hundreds of Spaniards cover themselves in grease to reenact the stealing of a famous statue of the “Virgen de la Piedad”.

Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium

Feel like experiencing the largest electronic music festival in the world? You just found it. Thousands of people all over the world gather for three days to experience top DJ’s and some of the best visual and audio stimulation.

Mardi Gras – New Orleans, USA

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is a Carnival celebration of food, in other words – my kind of celebration! The whole thing lasts for two weeks and is filled with parades, parties, masquerades, and  flashing, and inexpensive toys are usually involved.

Up Helly Aa Fire Festival — Lerwick, Scotland

Behold Europe’s largest fire festival. It takes place in the beginning of January and includes the burning of a full-scale Viking ship.

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

Like beer? This is the place for you. Oktoberfest is the perfect way to end the summer season, join the crowd in one of the fourteen massive and beautifully decorated tents, the different tents represent one of Germany’s finest beers, so pick your favorite and go for it!


Dia de Los Muertos – Mexico

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated all over Mexico, as well as in the US, Canada and in Europe, but I would say celebrating it in Mexico is ideal. The celebration remembers all those who have passed before us, and it’s filled with costumes, dancing, music, and lights.

Boryeong Mud Festival — Boryeong, South Korea

From water to mud, South Korea is home to some of the most random festivals but this is one of the greater ones. Taking place right on Daecheon Beach it’s the perfect place to get covered in mud and then wash yourself off in the ocean.


Chinese new year – China

Filled with fireworks, parades, happy people, dragons, symbolic clothing, and flowers, Chinese New Year is a very special occasion and amazing to be a part of.

Songkran Water Festival — Chiang Mai, Thailand

If you like a good water fight this is the place to go. Fill up your water balloons head out to the water fight of your dreams.

Bruning man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

Join thousands and thousands of people gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock desert to express individuality and create art. It’s one of those things you really need to experience to understand.

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