Bringing people together to indulge, enjoy, share, and celebrate, festivals are wonderful experiences that can help us get in touch with local cultures, forge new friendships, and make magical memories that will last a lifetime. From magical light shows to non-stop parties in the street, all around the world, all kinds of festivals are being held every year. These are some of the best.
The best festivals leave us breathless, blowing our minds and providing us with genuinely magical memories. The Lantern Festival in Taiwan will do precisely that.
Held in the Pingxi District, this is the biggest festival of its kind on the planet. It features lights, lasers, lanterns, and more in all sorts of colors and shapes, with something new and unusual just waiting to be found around every corner. For people of all ages, the Lantern Festival is merely extraordinary.
Part of what makes festivals so much fun is how they tend to be so colorful and vibrant. If you’re searching for a real feast for the eyes, look no further than Holi.
Also known as the Festival of Colors, this Indian and Nepalese celebration involves people tossing colored powders and water balloons around the streets, splashing colors of all shades and tones across the world and changing the way we see things.
The home of high-quality beer, Germany celebrates one of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks each year with Oktoberfest. The celebration starts in September, with different cities and regions in Germany having their traditions and celebrations.
Millions of people are drawn to Germany, especially to Munich, for this festival, which features good food, great beer, and lots of singing and dancing too. Whether you’re a beer lover or just someone looking for a fun time, Oktoberfest is unmissable.
There are so many different music festivals all around the world, but one stands out above the rest: Coachella. Held in the Coachella Valley in Colorado, this music festival is like no other.
It has become very popular in recent years and is an integral part of many young people’s calendars, but folks of all ages are welcome at Coachella, which features some of the best rock, hip hop, and indie artists in the world right now.
New Orleans is an incredible city to visit at any time of year, but the most popular date for tourists and residents alike is Mardi Gras.
Also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras was originally a religious festival but has evolved to become a massive party with flashy costumes, lots of dancing, parades, parties, and more in Louisiana’s most beloved location. Everyone is welcome, and everyone can join in on the fun when Mardi Gras rolls around.
Famous all over the world, the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is unlike any other celebration on Earth. Featuring colorful outfits, talented dancers, lots of live music, and wonderful fun for everyone, the Carnival is a place for people to forget about their worries and just enjoy life.
Brazilian people really know how to throw a good time, with this festival being one of the most energetic and exciting events on the global party calendar.
You don’t have to ride in a hot air balloon or be a balloon expert to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Held each year in October, this magical celebration has started to become hugely popular recently. It features many hot air balloons of all colors and styles taking off into the sky, creating some extraordinary aerial scenes that you’ll never forget if you’re lucky enough to be there.
One of the most significant events on the horseracing calendar is the Cheltenham Festival in the United Kingdom.
Held every March, right as the beauty of spring is beginning to emerge, this festival features the best horses and jockeys from around the land, with a lot of celebrities and famous faces being spotted in the crowd each year. The festival is also popular with the gambling community, with big money bets being placed on every race.
Kids love to play in the mud, but as we grow older, we don’t get to enjoy such simple pleasures. Well, at the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea, you can slip back into childhood and splash around in the mud with your pals.
This hilarious and enjoyable festival involves thousands of people coming together in a muddy place, dancing and playing around. It’s a lot of fun, and the mud is a handy skincare product, so you’ll look and feel better at the end.
The Harbin Ice Festival in China is the biggest ice festival on the planet. Home to some of the most impressive ice sculptures you could ever imagine, this festival is a real testament to the skill and creativity of ice sculptors.
This is a one-month long festival that runs in January of each year. As well as the sculptures themselves, you’ll also find stalls and other exhibitions at this Winter Wonderland festival.