It goes without saying that Festivals are best at bringing people together and celebrating the best things in life. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of Best top 10 festivals around the world that you can use to plan amazing holidays in these destinations. Now, plan your holidays in 2020 such that you visit these fabulous places around the festive time.
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10. Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan
- When: 19th February to 3rd March 2019
- Where: Pingxi, Taiwan
You will find yourself awe-struck as you witness thousands of Sky Lanterns light up the night sky of the chilly mountainous town of Pingxi. An ancient ritual which signified that the town was well and free of diseases, the Pingxi Lantern festival was opened to tourists as an annual event by Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau. Along with participating in the lantern festival, you can also enjoy Wumiao Temple’s Firecracker ceremony, which is yet another spectacle.
The Lantern festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month and marks the end of Chinese new year. It also points to the onset of spring, making it one of the best spring festivals around the world.
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9. Oktoberfest – Germany
- When: 21st September to 6th October 2019
- Where: Munich, Germany
When Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen got married in the year 1810, the citizens of Munich were invited to drink, eat and make merry. Soon the tradition became what is today one of the biggest folk festivals in the world. Oktoberfest is also the world’s biggest Beer festival, where over 6 Million people consume about 7 million litres of beer. Look up any list on best top 10 festivals around the world and you’ll find Oktoberfest listed in it. Apart from going from one beer tent to another, you can witness the grand parade and enjoy amazing rides.
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8. La Tomatina – Spain
- When: 28th August 2019
- Where: Buñol, Spain
Bollywood movies have done a great job of immortalizing this Spanish festival through movies Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. La Tomatina marks the beginning of a thrilling week where you discover the pleasure of tossing tomatoes at strangers and your friends while dodging those that are aimed at you. Some enormous campsite parties await you here with live performances as well. It is this day when more than 150,000 tomatoes meet their fate. 740-strong team encompassing professionals from a combination of fire service, police, health services as well as volunteers that keep the crowd in check and safe.
This Festival was started when a commotion at the Giants and Big Head Figures parade caused a few angry people to start throwing tomatoes to each other. And since the year 1945, when it all began, a group of few youngsters kept the fruit fight happening every year after. La Tomatina will certainly be one of the most fun and playful festivals around the world 2020.
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The celebrations start at 11 Am and last for exactly one hour during which everyone hurls crushed tomatoes at each other, in a similar fashion as Holi is played in India. At the end of the hour, Fire trucks hose down water to clean people and the streets. This fruity food fight festival promises a great time and lots of red coloured memories to take back home.
7. Rio Carnival – Brazil
- When: 2nd March to 9th March
- Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If there is one festival which will electrify every cell in you and make you feel alive, it’s the Carnival in Rio. Apart from being set in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Rio carnival is everything loud, glamorous and lively. The main event of the Carnival is the Samba Parade, where different samba schools bring life to the Sambodrombo. Apart from the Samba parade, the carnival is also known for the numerous Balls that take place all over Rio de Janeiro, where you can flaunt all your classic moves. The atmosphere of the city gets so magical that even the non-dancers find themselves swaying their hips to the rhythm. After all, it wouldn’t simply earn the title of “The greatest show on earth”.
6. Dia de Los Muertos – Mexico
- When: 31st October to 2nd November 2019
- Where: All over Mexico
Dia de Los Muertos or “The day of the Dead”, might not sound all that celebratory and festive at first, but in reality, this festival is one of the most colourful and lively festivals you’ll find around the world in 2019. During this three day festival, Mexican families come together to remember and honour the dead members of their families. The festivities include making of a personalized alter known as “Oferendas” which is decorated with pictures of the deceased, stylized skeletons and other offerings like food, flowers and candles. The many rituals that take place during this festival celebrate the life of the dead family members and are also believed to help them in their spiritual journey. So if you want to learn the Mexican way of celebrating life and death, head over here on the Day of the dead.
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5. Carnival of Venice – Italy
- When: 16th February to 5th March 2019
- Where: Venice, Italy
You don’t need a reason to visit Venice. A city so charming and romantic, Venice has plenty of things to do. But if you wish to see at it’s most festive and colourful time, then head over here during the legendary “Carnevale”. It is said that the Carnival was first celebrated in 1162 but by 1797 the administrators outlawed the festival. It was brought back by the government in 1979 as an initiative to boost tourism in the city. With entertaining parades, grand Venitian masks and Masquerade Balls, the carnival is one of the most amazing things you will experience in your life. After all, nobody does Carnevale like Venice.
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4. Songkran Water Festival – Thailand
- When: 13th April to 15th April 2019
- Where: All over Thailand
Songkran is the traditional Thai New year, that is celebrated in this holiday paradise with all pomp and show. One of the most fun spring festivals around the world, Songkran is celebrated by splashing water on your family members, friends and anyone around, as it’s considered to bring good fortune. Thailand already boasts a reputation for being a party holiday destination, but a visit to this country during this time and you’ll see not just tourists but the locals partying hard. One can easily conclude that Songkran is one of the most happening religious festivals around the world.
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3. Burning Man Festival – United States
- When: 25th August to 2nd September 2019
- Where: Black rock desert, Nevada, USA
During this one week duration, a temporary city is erected that bring the black rock desert of Nevada to Life. A festival that attracts celebs and everyone else, the Burning Man festival celebrates art, self-expression and decommodification. Started in the year 1986, two men gathered a bunch of people and burnt an 8-foot tall wooden figure. And just like that one of the best top 10 festivals around the world was born. If you are looking for some weird partying and a place to do some soul searching, then the Burning Man is the place to go.
2. Krampusnacht – Austria
- When: 5th December
- Where: Austria
While the December month fills the children in most of the western countries with the dreams of Santa clause it’s a whole different story for the one that lives in Austria and some other parts of Europe. Krampusnacht is one of the weirdest pre-Christian festivals, that involves a few men getting little drunk and dressing up as a half human-half goat demon and scaring children. Doesn’t that sound fun? 😉 Well, it’s got to be something considering it’s one of the best top 10 festivals around the world.
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1. Holi – India
- When: 20th March to 21st March
- Where: All over India
Look up any list of best top 10 festivals around the world and you’ll find this Indian festival’s name on it for sure. Yet another amazing religious festival around the world that can be enjoyed by anyone. A Hindu festival that celebrates the win of good over evil with lots of colour and love. The two-day festival starts with lighting up a bonfire on the first day and playing with colour and water on the second day. From children to adults, the Indian festival is enjoyed by everyone.