There are many popular and unique festivals across the globe worth seeing at least once in your travels. These celebrations are tourist attractions in their own right. They manage to draw thousands of crowds who come mainly to experience the revelries. If you are looking for some of the most awe-inspiring festivals from around the world, you can start with the following:
Burning Man, USA
Burning Man is dubbed as an “experiment in community and art” (Wikipedia) that draws thousands of people to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It is there that the said experimental community is temporarily set up for the event. The festival is a hub for arts, performances, and interactive experiences that immerse participants into the creative vibe.
Día de Muertos, Mexico
If you think Day of the Dead is scary, think again. In Mexico, Día de Muertos or Day of the Day is a festival the likes of which can’t be seen in many parts of the world. It is usually celebrated on the first and second day of November. It is a time when people gather with their families to honor their dearly departed. The festive atmosphere is highlighted by vivid costumes, images of skulls and skeletons, scary looking but scrumptious foods, and celebrations not just in cemeteries but also in streets.
Glastonbury Festival is a big event that spans five days. It is an extravaganza of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Somerset. While popular for music, the event also showcases a wide array of performances such as comedy, dance, and theatre among many others. This outdoor festival draws has been known to attract 175,000 attendees to date.
La Tomatina, Spain
La Tomatina is a spectacular celebration in Buñol, Spain. As the name suggests, thousands who gather to participate in this event end up playing with approximately over a hundred kilograms of tomatoes dumped by several trucks at the venue. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun by diving into the mounds of tomatoes and throw them at other participants.
Oktoberfest deserves a spot in your itinerary if you are in Munich, Germany towards the end of September to the first week of October. Millions of people actually travel to the city to experience the festival. This sixteen-day event is a great time to celebrate a love for the best tasting beer in a country famous for its finest brews.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil
The Carnaval is a world-renowned event that draws locals and tourists by the thousands in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. It is colorful, fun, and exciting. Expect breathtaking floats and costumes that add to the atmosphere of revelry that pervades the festival.