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Ganesh Chaturthi to La Tomatina: 10 amazing festivals around the world


Every festival brings our life into a state of cheerfulness and verve. Festivals are centering on some specific traditions of a community or religion. Such celebrations also make sense of belonging for particular group or religion. Festivals also gives important message to every human that to approach life in a celebratory way, be absolutely involved in a non-serious way. Ganpati festival is just a day ahead and it will be celebrated around India. It is a ten-day Hindu festival celebrated to honour the elephant-headed God Ganesha’s birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Next, Bakri-Eid will be celebrated among Muslims in India next month. Festivals don’t stop in India. As soon as one finishes, other starts. So, just like India, there are many amazing festivals which are celebrated around the world. Here the top magical and unmissable festivals in the world.

Ganesh Chaturthi, India

The festival commemorates Ganesha’s birthday, and celebrates him as the god of good beginnings, prosperity and obstacle remover. It is observed throughout India, especially as a public event in the western states of India. Ganesha Chaturthi is also observed in Nepal and by the Hindu diaspora elsewhere such as in the Trinidad, Suriname, Fiji, Mauritius, United States and Europe.

Holi, The festival of colours, India

Holi is known as festival of colours celebrated by Hindus all over Asia and also by the people from some parts of Europe and North America. This spring festival is mainly observed in India and Nepal. Holi is regarded as one of most important and vibrant festivals in India. This festival commemorate the victory of good over evil. Holi also marks the arrival of spring, a season of hope and enjoyment. The tradition of colours in Holi festival is linked with stories of Lord Krishna, who play pranks on his beloved Radha by drenching her in colours and water. Holi is celebrated on day after the full Moon in March of every year.

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. The first festival of Rio date back to 1823. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revellers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio.

Chinese New Year

The biggest holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration is China’s most important and significant day of the year. Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar!

Running of The Bulls – Pamplona, Spain

The Running of the Bulls is a part of the famous San Fermin festival – a practice that involves running in front of a small group of bulls (typically a dozen) that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town’s streets. A first rocket is set off at 8 a.m. to alert the runners that the corral gate is open. A second rocket signals that all six bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that all of the herd has entered the bullring and its corral respectively, marking the end of the event. Every year between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run although most injuries are contusions due to falls and are not serious. So you think you’re up for it?

La Tomatina – Spain 

Fun, frolic, dance and lots of tomatoes – this is one festival you absolutely cannot miss. Participants throw tomatoes at each other and ride down those tomato-streaked slides having the time of their lives. Be it tomato fights or the enormous water showers that follow, la tomatina is one event that gets you dancing and engaging in unlimited fun.

Carnival Of Venice, Italy

Carnival of Venice is one the biggest festivals in Italy. In Italian, this festival is known as Carnevale di Venezia , also called as Carnevale. This event is much known for its elaborate masks. Masking is just a carnival tradition and main feature in the event. This festival was started in the year 1162 after Serenissima republicca (Today it is Republic of Venice) Patriarch of Acquileia (Ancient Roman City). But in 17th century this festival got declined under the rule of King of Austria and reappeared in 19th century.

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The event is all about beer, beer and only beer. Imagine being surrounded by those traditional huge glasses of beer and serving them are the beautiful and sensational waitresses. It’s a party well endowed!

New Year’s Eve – Sydney Harbour, Australia

Sydney New Year’s Eve is an annual multi-tiered event held every New Year’s Eve over Sydney Harbour, centering on the Harbour Bridge. Its main features are the two pyrotechnic displays, the 9 pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks. It is known as the best place in the world to see the New Year fireworks display.

Saint Patrick’s Day – Ireland

It is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17. It is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption. If you’re not wearing green then watch out because you ought to get pinched!