If you’re planning to take a vacation, a great way to choose your travel dates is based on the schedule of a festival. In fact, there are legendary festivals around the world that you can attend for a vacation of a lifetime. Check out the 10 festivals below that have received rave reviews from people around the world. There’s something for everybody!
1. Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
If you like to dance and party all day long, you’ll love the Mardi Gras festival that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a two week long celebration that involves parades, masquerade balls and streets filled with partygoers that are super enthusiastic.
2. Holi, Festival of Colors in India
The Holi Festival of Colors in India is all about getting the victory over evil. It’s also a celebration of springtime and offers a chance to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. The beginning of the celebrations involve a bonfire and the next day is a celebration with vibrant colors, water and balloons that people toss on each other in a way that’s festive, fun and energizing.
3. Lantern Festival of Taiwan in Pingxi
The Lantern Festival of Taiwan has thousands of participants that gather for the purpose of celebrating life by floating lanterns in the sky. Each individual has a chance to create a silk lantern in a festive environment as it lights up the dark sky.
4. Snow and Ice Festival in Harbin China
If you’re looking for the largest ice festival that exists in the world, the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival is it. There are ice statues that are 20 feet tall and you can even find castles made of ice. The displays at the festival are simply breathtaking with a wide range of ice figures.
5. Rio Carnival of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
Some people will tell you that the Rio Carnival of Brazil is the most incredible event that ever existed. This is precisely why media outlets from all over the world cover this event. It’s a huge celebration with one of the largest carnivals on the globe. There are unending parties, colorful costumes, somber music and just about everything you could hope for in a parade.
6. Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada
The Burning Man festival in Nevada is all about art and community. If you’re artistic and want to meet like-minded people, this is the place to go. The philosophy of this festival is radical self expression and inclusion. It’s open to everyone and you’re bound to have a great time.
7. The Carnival of Venice in Italy
Being in Venice alone is worth the trip if you don’t live in Italy. However, going during the Carnival of Venice is likely to become a trip of a lifetime. It’s a celebration where people wear masks and other Venetian costumes. Carnival lasts for a couple of weeks and it’s completely free for anyone to attend. It’s been held annually for many years.
8. La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain
The La Tomatina festival is a lot of fun, but some might be intimidated because it involves throwing tomatoes on the other festival participants. This festival started decades ago and is a lot of fun because there’s something about throwing tomatoes on other people that’s entertaining.
9. Day of the Dead in Mexico
You’ve probably heard about the Day of the Dead in Mexico because it’s an important holiday. This is the day that families remember all of the souls that have passed away and take time to pray. It’s celebrated throughout Mexico and abroad. The festival in Mexico is for three days and participants dress in costumes as a way to express love for friends and family members that have died. The festivities include decorating graves.
10. St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, Ireland
The St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin is where you go to get rowdy. Although it is technically a religious celebration that was created to honor the death of a patron saint, you may not know it by the wild festivities.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these festivals. Either way, you’ll return home with Instagram-worthy pictures and a story to tell.