Festivals are unique ways to experience a destination and celebrate culture with all the locals and fellow travelers alike.
Here are the top 10 most unique festivals around the world you should experience:
I. Harbin Ice Festival, China
The Harbin Ice Festival first opened its doors in 1999, and is open every year in late December until February. Here you will see grand ice sculptures with winter ice/snow activities and shows in winter landscapes.
II. Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan
Join the 100,000 to celebrate Chinese New Year at The Pingxi Lantern Festival which begins on the 15th day of the first lunar month.
III. Rio Carnival, Brazil
Visit one of the biggest carnivals in the world, with over a million visitors watching the Samba school parades. The Rio Carnival dates back to the 1600’s and begins before Friday before Ash Wednesday in March.
IV. Holi Festival, India
The Holi Festival, also known as the festival of love, is celebrated with colored powder and water. It has a history dating back to the 4th century and today is celebrated annually in Spring time usually in March.
V. Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
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Join over a million visitors to Boryeong, South Korea to experience the Boryeong Mud Festival with mud pools, mud slides, and a mud prison. Many cosmetics are made from the Boryeong mud flats so come and get a free mud mask. This festival began in 1998 and is held annually in July.
VI. Running of the Bulls, Spain
The Running of the Bulls is held in Pamplona, Spain every year in July. Join the masses in the run, as herds of bulls are let loose on the town’s streets.
VII. Burning Man Festival, USA
Burning Man is a man made, temporary city that lasts only a week. It is held before Labor Day weekend in August. Over 50,000 attend annually to Black Rock, Nevada in the USA to experience this unique event, community, and art.
VIII. La Tomatina, Spain
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La Tomatina is held in Spain on the last Wednesday of August. Join thousands of participants in Buñol, Spain for this massive food fight.
IX. Oktoberfest, Germany
Oktoberfest is a large beer festival with millions attending every year from September to October in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. This festival has history dating back to the 1800s.
X. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, USA
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world with over 600 balloons in the air and over hundreds of thousands of visitors. It was first celebrated in 1972 and today is celebrated every year in October.
What are some of your favorite festivals?