14 Famous Festival Around The World You Won't Want To Miss Part 2

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. If you have the opportunity of attending any festival of this list below, do not pass up on this chance to experience such a passionate and special celebration.

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8. La Tomatina Festival, Brunol, Spain

La Tomatina Festival, Brunol, Spain

La Tomatina Festival, Brunol, Spain

La Tomatina tomato fight in Buñol near Valencia happens every year on the last Wednesday in August though the partying starts earlier in the week. The highlight of the festival is the tomato fight which takes place between 11am and 1pm on that day. The event has become one of the highlights on Spain’s summer festivals calendar with thousands of people flocking to this little Valencian town for this chaotic event. Such are the numbers going to La Tomatina that the event has become a victim of its own success. The sheer number of people means that it’s extremely difficult to get anywhere near the central area where the tomato lorries arrive so you may well find yourself a few streets away from the main action. Never mind, there are plenty people in the same boat and the street partying goes on no matter where you are.

9. Diwali, India

Diwali, India

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year.

The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today, this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.

Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.

10. San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain

San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain

The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain)

The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain) is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6 July, when the opening of the party is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic chupinazo,[1] to midnight 14 July, with the singing of the Pobre de Mí. While its most famous event is the encierro, or the running of the bulls, which happens at 8:00 am from 7 July to 14 July, the week-long celebration involves many other traditional and folkloric events. It is known locally as Sanfermines and is held in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Navarre. Its events were central to the plot of The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, which brought it to the general attention of English-speaking people. It has become probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain. Over 1,000,000 people come to participate in this festival.

11. Taiwan Lantern Festival 

Taiwan Lantern Festival

The history of the sky lantern in Pingxi goes back over a hundred years, as it was used as a method for sending one’s wishes up to God

The Lantern Festival is one of Taiwan’s tourism highlights and takes place annually during Chinese New Year. It is consistently listed in travel guides as a “must see” for international travelers around the globe. Although there is only a short window of opportunity to take in the festival, and there are guaranteed to be crowds, the night sky illuminated with countless floating lanterns is an enchanting sight that is rarely viewed elsewhere in the world.

The major lantern festival sponsored by the national government is referred to as Taiwan Lantern Festival, and takes place in a different geographical location each year. It therefore requires some advanced trip planning, which may not work into every traveler’s schedule. However, the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is held in the same location (Pingxi, just outside Taipei) and on similar lunar calendar dates every year, making trip planning slightly easier. The history of the sky lantern in Pingxi goes back over a hundred years, as it was used as a method for sending one’s wishes up to God (or one’s ancestors in heaven)

12. Carnival of Venice, Venice, Italy

Carnival of Venice, Venice, Italy

The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy.

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The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday (Martedi' Grasso or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famed for its elaborate masks.

Masks have always been an important feature of the Venetian carnival. Traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's Day, December 26) and the start of the carnival season at midnight of Shrove Tuesday. As masks were also allowed on Ascension and from October 5 to Christmas, people could spend a large portion of the year in disguise. Maskmakers (mascherari) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild.

13. Saint Patrick, Dublin, Ireland

Saint Patrick, Dublin, Ireland

St. Patrick's Day - The Green Scene

Conceived of initially as a religious feast in the ninth century, St. Patrick’s Day took a thousand years to become an official holiday in 1901, with the first parade occurring in 1931. It wasn't until 1995 that it became a government-sponsored, four-day festival. Talk about late blooming! But well prior to the St. Patrick’s legitimization, international celebrations have long been going strong, heartily supporting the export of Irish alcohol and green pride.

Truly the climax to the four-day carousing spree is the parade held on March 17th, where the million-strong, Guinness-fueled, green-clad revelers resemble a veritable army. The event is as much about participation as it is about spectacle. Few forego the tradition of adorning all green. At 11am, the festivities get underway at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with the procession officially starting at noon and rolling until completion at the Black Church on Dorset Street. The most prized views are from the O’Connell Street Bridge — an attractive alternative to shelling out 60 Euros for the stadium seats. Afterwards, the celebrators continue onward to Earlsfort Terrace for the Céilí Mór dance party. Traditional Irish dancing spills into the streets, and even the most bashful find themselves joining in for a jig. From there, the merriment rallies forward in the thousands of city pubs, only stumbling distance away.

14. White Nights Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

White Nights Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival

The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun.

The White Nights Festival consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars.

White Nights isn’t really one festival but a collection of events around the longest days of the year, from mid-­May to mid-­July. The oldest and most popular event – the Scarlet Sails – began after World War II as a tribute to the popular 1922 Russian children’s tale “Scarlet Sails” by Alexander Grin.

A series of carnivals take place during the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. The largest and most internationally renowned carnival takes place in the Peterhof suburb of St. Petersburg.

Festivals can offer you extraordinary experiences and help you get to know a new country. If you are planning your holidays, be sure to check if the countries you're visiting are having any festivals. If you know of any festivals that absolutely must be seen to be believed, then add them to this list and vote for your favorites!

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