There are many cultures in the world, each one of them has unique traditions and some of these traditions have become so popular that there are festivals organized to celebrate them. People from all over the world come to these festivals to have the time of their lives.
In this list, you’ll find music festivals, air balloon festivals, and even a Golden Retriever festival! Maybe after reading this post, you’ll find the perfect activity for your next vacation.
In this Spanish festival called “La fiesta de Los Enharinados” people throw flour, vegetables, eggs and firecrackers at each other, it is celebrated on the 28th of December in Alicante, Spain. The town is covered in flour and many other things after this crazy festival. Now we’re wondering who’s in charge of cleaning the whole place up.
The floating umbrella festival
Every summer, these colorful umbrellas make the streets of Agueda even more beautiful; this town is located in the south of Porto, Portugal. The lined umbrellas reflect different colors because of sunlight. They have become so popular that people from other countries travel from far away just to see them. The sole purpose of this festival is to decorate the city, but also helps protect people from sun rays or rain.
Once a year during winter time, this festival is celebrated in the desert of Jaisalmer, India. People dance and sing a mix of romantic and tragic verses. The fair also has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk artists. It sounds like a magical festival!
Boryeong Mud Festival
This annual festival takes place during the summer in Seoul, South Korea. You can find a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison and mud skiing competitions; it is celebrated in the Daecheon beach area for a period of two weeks. It might seem a bit messy but we’re pretty sure you’ll have lots of fun playing in the mud.
Baby jumping festival
This festival is considered one of the weirdest festivals in Spain. The Baby Jumping festival dates back to 1621. Men dressed as the Devil jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year, it is supposed to cleanse the baby of original sin.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
This is an annual hot air balloon festival, according to balloonfiesta.com, “For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage.”
Underwater Music Festival
This festival takes place in Looe Key, Florida Keys; Hundreds of divers and snorkelers enjoy the music that is piped underwater with Lubell Laboratory speakers. Most divers dress themselves up to compete for the “best dressed” prize.
Golden Retriever festival
This is an annual camp for rescued dogs and their owners; it is run by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland. The first festival was held in 2006 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the organization; over 1888 Golden retrievers attended the event. This is way too cute!
Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony
This event takes place on May 30th; more than 6,000 candle lit lanterns illuminate the ocean in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. It is a very special night full of love and magic.
Fuji Shibazakura Festival
This wonderful festival is held in Yamanashi, Japan. There are five different types of Shibazakura flowers blooming in this place, so you can enjoy watching them, but that’s not all, Mount Fuji is located in the background!
Burning Man Festival
This is an annual festival that takes place in Black Rock City Desert in Nevada. According to theguardian.com, “There are over 5½ square miles of desert turned over as a blank canvas and filled with all manner of incredible art, weird and wonderful people to watch and events and workshops to try… There are far too many to list here but here are some of the stand-out festival sights.”
Cherry Blossom Festival
Springtime in Japan is absolutely magical! According to us.jnto.go.jp, “While cherry blossoms bloom throughout the country, there are a few cities and regions famous for their hanami festivals. The castle town of Hirosaki, which holds the Sakura-matsuri festival, is one notable Japanese city famous for its bountiful cherry blossoms that draw people from both near and far. Also, travel to the center of the Nara Prefecture to find Yoshino-Yama, a mountain with over 30,000 cherry trees that is considered to be the best viewing spot in all of Japan.”
This is a festival held in Buñol, Spain; in which participants throw tomatoes at each other. Some of the festival’s rules include squashing the tomatoes to avoid injuries, there’s no doubt this is a very juicy festival!
The Songkran Festival is part of the Thai New Year’s festival. People splash each other with water and major streets are closed and used as arenas for water fights. Thailand has a very warm weather so this festival sounds perfect!
Haro Wine Festival
This wine festival is held every summer in Haro, a small town in Spain. People toss wine on each other until everyone is completely soaked. Wow, can you imagine how many bottles of red wine people buy?
Stonehenge Summer Festival
This is a unique festival, held in Stonehenge, which is an ancient prehistoric site, considered as a sacred place by many. In this festival, people celebrate the summer solstice, but protecting the stones is a number one priority, this is why alcohol is not permitted during the festival.
"Holi” is a very colorful Hindu festival, celebrated in India and Nepal. This is a two-day festival in which they celebrate the victory of good over evil, and the arrival of spring. It has become one of the most popular festivals around the world.
White Nights Festival
This is a Russian festival held in Saint Petersburg; classical ballet, opera, and orchestra performances are some of the activities you can enjoy in this beautiful festival. Since this is a very popular festival, the tickets are sold out months before it begins. So, if you’re thinking of attending this festival, you should buy your tickets in advance.
This festival is celebrated in Jaipur, India, held on the same day as the Holi Festival. Elephants are very popular in India, so this festival begins with a procession of bedecked elephants, horses and folk dancers. These adorable animals are decorated with jewelry and paint; it is definitely a festival you shouldn’t miss if you’re visiting India!
Electric Forest Festival
Electric Forest Festival is a four-day music festival held in Rothbury, Michigan. This event focuses on electronic and jam band genres, approximately 45,000 people come to this festival each year.