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25 Best Festivals of the World



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Festival Goers, I’ve summarized up the best festivals in the world that should be in all festival enthusiast bucket list. I’m for one is rather crazy about festival. Interestingly, most of these festivals are happening around the beginning of the year and around Easter. A lot of it is a relative date because days like full –moon and Easter is always changing. Here are a list of festivals that has been ordered by the month.


1. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival, Scotland.

This festival is happening on the last Tuesday of January. Celebrating Scotland history and Viking lifestyle is sure is out of this world

Check out details on their official site.


2. Ice and Snow Festival, Harbin, China

China never ceases to impress especially not with this annual Ice sculpture Festival. Marvel at the breathtaking sight of giant sculpture of ice in the snow that is happening around the biggest celebration in China and many other parts of Asia, the Chinese New Year.

Check out details on their official site for the 2016 event.

3. Pingxi Lantern Festival


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In Taiwan, Once a year they have a lantern releasing festival. There is always something so magical about this sight and the release symbolise a new start – letting go of the past and bad luck.

For Details check out their official site.

 4. Battle of Oranges – Lurea, Italy.


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Get citrusy in the battle of orange in Italy. For detail check out their official website.


5. The Rio De Jeneiro Carnival, Brazil.

The Rio De Jeneiro Carnival is the epitome of euphoric festival bursting with colour and glitter that takes place every year on 7 Sundays before Easter Sunday. For detail check out their official website.

6. Carnival of Venice

Join the biggest and best masquerade party in the world at the Carnival of Venice. For detail check out their official website.

7. Mardi Gras – New Orlean, Louisiana.

Join one of the most colourful street party is the Mardi Gras. Best place to be? New Oleans, Louisiana. This is happening annually on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and on 6 Feb for the year 2016. For detail check out their official website.


8. Holi-India

Can India get even more colourful? Yes, during Holi Festival.

  • In 2016, Holi is on March 24, with Holika Dahan on March 23.
  • In 2017, Holi is on March 13, with Holika Dahan on March 12.
  • In 2018, Holi is on March 2, with Holika Dahan on March 1.

9. Saint Patrick’s Day Ireland.

Join the merriment as local toast to the most celebrated Saint in Ireland on Saint Patrick’s Day happening on March 17. For detail check out their official website.

10. Bor Yeong Mud Festival

Wat a genius, mud festival as a mean to promote mud product of Korea, this looks like so much fun! Better yet, it is actually great for your skin. I’m in! Find details about how to join this festival here.


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11. Songkran Water Festival April 13-15

Where else is it okay for adult to jump around and play with water gun and water splashes. Find out more about this festival here.

12. Cherry Blossom Festival

Japan is one of the most beautiful country in the world and to visit during the cherry blossom festival brings its beauty up a notch.

13. King’s Day Netherlands – April 27


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To celebrate the King’s day, Netherlands house a street party on April 27. Join the biggest street party and wear everything orange to blend in. Feel like joining? Check this out.

May – June

14. Vesak Day at Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Vesak

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Join the thousands of Buddhist praying and releasing lantern to celebrate the birth of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The release also symbolizes letting go of bad luck and negative force.


15. White Night Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

White night is when you can see the sun at night making the night sky a little bit brighter brighter. This happens around June-July in St Petersburh, Russia. For more details about this event check this out.


16. Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland.

Fringe Festival is the biggest line up of creative performance, art display, circus, theater, music, and other musings in a festival that goes for days to weeks. There maybe a version of this in your country too. For details on this event check out their official site.

17. La Tomatina – Spain. Last Wednesday of August

La tomatina is the epitome of food fight and crazy festival. Pick up a tomato and join the biggest food fight in the world. Check out their site for details.

18. Sziget Festival, Hungary

Music lovers, this festival is for you with the biggest artists line up to get you into groove. If that is not enough, there are also other art performance like theater and performing arts.

For info on Tickets and details visit this site.


19. Fullmoon party at Haad Rin beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand.

Haad Rin

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Before or after every full moon Thailand house the biggest full moon party that attracts thousands of crowd to Kho Phangan. For details check out their official site.


20. Alburqueque International Baloon Fiesta, New Mexico USA

One of the most romantic and coolest thing to do is to ride an air balloon over a beautiful landscape. Alburquerque balloon festival take it up a notch and makes everyone’s childhood dream come true. Visit their official site for details.

21. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany


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While many places will have their own oktoberfest, there is no better place to be than the place that start it all in Germany during Oktoberfest. Cheers! Visit their official site for details.

22. Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the dead) Mexico

Festivals are apparently not just for the living. Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the dead turns the street into a cool costume parade like in the newest James Bond Movie. Check out the official site for details.


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23. Haloween Festival of the Dead, Salem, Massachusetts, USA.

Another exciting festival for the dead or living. Take your Halloween celebration up a notch by joining the Halloween Festival at Salem. Details can be found here.


24. Yee Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


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I just love lanterns so here is another awesome lantern festival in Thailand. I really wanted to go to this one, SOON. Helene in Between has written a really great blog post on it. Check out her blog post here.


25. Christmas in New York

Maybe it’s because I’ve watch home alone way too many times that I dream of spending Christmas at the Central Park, NYC.

Other Places that are great to spend the Christmas and count down to the new year

  • Sydney
  • Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • Edinburg

Have I miss any festival that should be on anyone’s bucket list? Feel free to add on the comment below.

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