Top 15 Festivals Around The World

Looking for trip ideas? How about scheduling your travels around these festivals?

Festival In The Desert – Essakane – Mali

You’ve just missed it this year (2012) if you didn’t go, but the Festival in the Desert is probably one of the most unique festivals to add to your calendar for next year. It will take place from 10 -12th January in 2013 in the North of Mali about 2 hours drive from Timbuktu. “It’s one of the few honest things I have been part of in a long, long time. It’s amazing to play out in the sand. There are no doors, no gates and no money. It reminded me of why I sang in the first place. It’s not commercialized.” Robert Plant (Rolling Stone/March 6, 2003)

St Patricks Day - Dublin – Ireland

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world in the name of Ireland’s patron saint, but what better way to celebrate the day that in Dublin itself – the Irish capital city. The St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin last from 16th – 19th March.

Queens Day – Amsterdam – Holland

Queen’s Day is the national holiday held in the Netherlands on the 30th April (the 29th if the 30th falls on a Sunday). Queen’s Day is Queen Beatrix’s official birthday.

Las Fallas – Valencia – Spain

Events begin on 16th March, and the city is decorated with over 700 symbols and figures. Las Fallas is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of St Joseph in Valencia, Spain. You’ll have to choose between this festival or Paddy’s Day I’m afraid, as the two festivals clash, or you could do 1 day here and the next in Dublin?

Naghol (Land Diving) – Pentecost Island – Vanuato

Pentecost Island is the birthplace of the bungee jumping. Between April and June each year, men in the Southern part of the island jump from tall towers (around 20-30 metres high) with vines tied to their feet in a ritual to ensure a good yam harvest.

Oktoberfest – Munich – Germany

A 16 day festival held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany from 22nd September to 7th October. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair, with over 5 million people attending annually.

Venice Carnival – Venice – Italy

Starting 40 days before Easter, and ending on Shrove Tuesday, the Venice Carnival started as a celebration throughout the classes (as wearing the masks hid any form of identity between social classes).

Burning Man – Black Rock Desert – Nevada – USA

Burning Man is an annual art community event based on radical self expression and self-reliance. It is held every year on the Monday before Labor Day  in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

La Tomatina – Buñol – Spain

La Tomatina is a Spanish festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol on the last Wednesday of every August, and involves participants throwing tomato’s at one another!

Full Moon Party – Ko Pha Ngan – Thailand

The Full Moon Party is a beach party held on the night before or after every full moon attracting approximately 20,000 – 30,000 people every full-moon.

The Edinburgh Festival – Edinburgh – Scotland

The Edinburgh Festival is a collective term for several festivals which run in Edinburgh throughout the month of August. The largest component festivals include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Glastonbury Music Festival – Pilton – England

Glastonbury is the UK’s largest music festival held every year in Somerset, England commencing 26th June. Previous line ups have included such acts as U2, Colplay, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, The White Stripes, Paul McCartney, R.E.M, Radiohead, David Bower… the list goes on…

Songkran – All over Thailand!

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year’s Day, and is celebrated from 13-15th April. The most common celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Expect to get soaked!

Australia Day – All over Australia!

Australia Day is the national day of Australia and is celebrated throughout the country each year on 26th January. It commemorates the arrival of First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.

The Rio Carnival

Held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, from 18th – 21st February, the Rio Carnival is the largest and most famous carnival in Brazil. Particular highlights include the Samba Parade, Gala Ball, and the many street parties held across Rio De Janeiro.

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