World’s biggest festivals

Posted: December 18, 2013 in travel & tourism

There is nothing people around the world love more than festivals – whether they are celebrated for a reason or simply to have some fun.

If you missed out on the enormous variety of festivals and carnivals happening throughout the year, take a look at some of the biggest festivals we would definitely love to go to next year.

Carnaval

Giant floats, vivid costumes and a party driven by the rhythm of samba music. Carnaval is held in Rio de Janeiro at the end of February and is arguable one of the most colourful and exhilarating festivals in the world.

Harbin Festival

This festival, which is held every year in China, takes place in January and is the largest snow and ice festival in the world. Attendees can expect to see larger than life ice statues and buildings made from block of ice.

Osun Osogbo Festival

Locals and tourists celebrate the Osun Osogbo Festival in Osogbo, the 400-year-old capital of Osun State. The annual festival which takes place in the sacred Osun Grove, a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site on the banks of the Oshun River, in August is a cultural celebration of Osogbo’s heritage and history.

Holi

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, gets its name from the colourful dye people throw each other with to celebrate the end of winter and the dawn of spring in March. It is celebrated by Hindus around the world, but the best Holi festivals are held in India.

Tomorrowland

Famous DJs, mind-blowing stages and an unforgettable atmosphere have made this Belgian festival one of the world’s largest electronic music dance festivals and attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year. The festival will take place in June next year.

Oktoberfest

Without a doubt the biggest beer festival in the world and as the name suggests takes place in October. Different versions of this festival is celebrated around the world, but the biggest event takes place in Munich, Germany. According to some reports, almost $100 million worth of beer was sold during this year’s festivities.

Mombasa Carnival

Kenya’s biggest street party features Afropop as well as religious music and two parades which culminate at Moi Ave. The carnival usually takes place in November.

La Tomatina

Held in August and considered to be biggest the tomato-throwing festival in the world, this festival has been held in Spain since 1945 for no specific reason.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

This festival, celebrated mainly in Mexico City and Los Angeles, is a celebration of loved ones who have passed on. The festival is held on All Saints’ Day on 1 November.

Pamplona’s running of the bulls

This festival is usually held in July. It usually involves people running for their lives in the streets of Pamplona in Spain while being chased by extremely agitated bulls. It is equally stressful for both the participants and the observers.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

Held in the most populous city in New Mexico, this festival showcases more hot air balloons than any other of its kind. The beautiful spectacle takes place in October.

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