14 Famous Festival Around The World You Won't Want To Miss Part 1

A festival is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or traditions, often marked as a local or national holiday, mela or eid.

Once a year some of the countries around the world hold magical and outrageous festivals. Festivals that have gathered millions of people from around the world partying, drinking and having the time of their lives. Experience life the way it should be lived. So if you fancy living it up then check out our list of 14 of the most amazing festivals from around the world that we recommend you should see before you die.

1. Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carnival, Brazil

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival.

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723. From the beautiful and sexy beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Rio Carnival and the Rio Nightlife, the type of energy that the city of Rio emulates is just simply electrifying. What is even more exhilarating are the deliciously bronzed samba dancers, the pulsating music, the energy and applause of the spectators filled with Cariocas and visitors from around the world who call come to the same place to experience the world famous Rio Carnival. Samba music can be heard coming from neighborhoods throughout the city and crowds gather to dance and play all day, night and straight into the next morning. It is the inherent spirit of the Cariocas and their true joie de vivre that makes Rio Carnival such a glorious success year after year!

2. Oktoberfest Beer tents, Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest Beer tents, Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest Beer tents is a unique culture in Germany

Munich's largest and most traditional breweries cordially invite you to join the festivities. Drink beer by the litre (teetotallers don't need to worry: sodas and water are also available), eat traditional Bavarian food such as pretzels with a diameter of 15 inches. Listen to live brass bands playing traditional Bavarian music as well as more up-to-date music, and enjoy yourself with hundreds of other people from all over the world, dancing and singing the hours away.

3. Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

One of the most unique festivals in the entire world, Day of the Dead

One of the most unique festivals in the entire world, Day of the Dead is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party, and here is your backstage pass. Join us in Oaxaca – Mexico’s artistic heartland – for a truly different perspective of the country at its most exciting. And with street dances, painted faces, incredible ruins, and picturesque landscapes all around, it’ll be easy to get into the macabre spirit of "Dia de los Muertos."

4. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Balloon festivals in Albuquerque

From high-mountain meadows to endless rolling prairies, New Mexico’s landscapes are out of this world and beyond description. Floating high above this storied landscape of cities, villages and wide-open plains in a hot-air balloon is both a grand adventure and peaceful and meditative experience. With nearly a million visitors each year, Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta™ may be the world’s largest and best-known ballooning festival – but it is not alone, as balloons set sail across New Mexico year-round. Balloon festivals in Taos, White Sands, Gallup, Angel Fire and Elephant Butte join with Albuquerque to make hot-air ballooning in New Mexico and year-round adventure.

5. Kumbh Mela, Nashik, India

Kumbh Mela, Nashik, India

The Kumbh Mela - the festival of the pot of nectar of immortality

The Kumbh Mela ("festival of the pot of nectar of immortality") is held every three years in each of four different locations, returning to each of four places every twelve years. An Ardh (half) Mela (festival) takes place six years after the Poorna (full) Kumbh in each location.

Kumbh Mela is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage and bathing festival that takes place at the following 4 locations of India:

- Prayag (near the city of Allahabad, in the state of Uttar Pradesh) at the confluence of three rivers Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

- Haridwar (in the state of Uttaranchal Pradesh) where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas.

- Ujjain (in Madhya Pradesh), on the banks of Ksipra river.

- Nasik (in Maharashtra) on the banks of Godavari river.

The basic point of the Kumbh Mela is for pilgrims to bathe at certain sacred spots on certain auspicious days. A large tented city is erected and pilgrims stay at tents owned by Pandas (religious and spiritual guides) and at various ashrams and hotels. Others will just camp on the ground or visit for the actual bathing day. Some of these bathing days are designated "royal." On all the major bathing dates, the naga sadhus (naked mendicants) will parade and bathe. On all other days there will still be people bathing, other events, and random Processions.

6. Mardis Gras, New Orlean, Louisiana, US

Mardis Gras, New Orlean, Louisiana, US

Mardi Gras or Carnival Time is the biggest celebration in
New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mardi Gras or Carnival Time is the biggest celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana. The yearly festival includes numerous events throughout the city, and is known as the biggest free party on earth.

The festival is rooted in the ancient European Carnival traditions. It marks the final celebrations before the period of fasting during Lent in the Roman Catholic Religion, although New Orleans Carnival is enjoyed by people of any belief. Wearing a mask or costume on Mardi Gras Day is highly recommended by Mardi Gras veterans; one becomes part of the party, rather than just watching it. Veterans also start the party on Mardi Gras morning, even if you aren't usually a morning person.

7.  Il Palio, Siena, Italy

Il Palio, Siena, Italy

The Palio is the most important event in Siena, taking place on
July 2 and August 16 every year.

The Palio is a pretty complex festival that has gained additional rules through the centuries, as well as traditions and customs, many which only members of the contrada are aware of. The Palio is much more than a simple event for the Sienese, it actually is a large part of their lives since the time of their birth. Each person belongs to a Contrada, participates in the life of the Contrada and the organization of the Palio throughout the entire year. The Sienese live the Palio with great passion and you'll certainly be able to see this if you have the chance to attend one of the races. The Palio festival represents without a doubt a unique opportunity to live the warmth and passion of the city of Siena. If you have the opportunity of attending, do not pass up on this chance to experience such a passionate and special celebration.

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