Finally out of the pandemic, it’s time to get your traveling gears on. The world’s opening up again, cultural festivals preparing to take place, and summer’s just around the corner—everything’s ripe for traveling.
So, if you want to attend and explore cultural events and quirky world-class festivals around the world, here’s a short guide for you.
Chinese New Year, China
If you’ve missed this year’s Chinese new year on 1st February 2022, it’s completely okay. You can make it next year when it’s held on 22nd January 2023.
Although Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world, Beijing is the real place to witness the Lunar Year. The forbidden city is lit up with parades, performances, and lights. If you can head over to Hong Kong, you’ll also experience an impressive fireworks show over Victoria Harbor, horse races, flower festivals, and the Night Parade.
Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan
One of the most breathtaking festivals around the world, The Taiwan Lantern Festival is held in the district of Pingxi and takes place on the last day of the Lunar Year. So, if you’ve missed one this month, you can surely make it to the next year.
The festival sees people from different towns, cities, and countries write their wishes on paper lanterns and release them into the sky. Once, these lanterns were used to signal safety, now they carry wishes to the heavens.
Rio Carnival, Brazil
The biggest carnival in the world and probably the most famous festival as well seeing over two million people on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. The city masquerades in parties, colorful parades, open-air performances and a general feeling of exuberance and joy for a whole week.
If you can’t make it to Brazil though, other carnivals across the world will make for a great cultural experience like Italy’s Venice Carnival and Colombia’s Barranquilla Carnival.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Sharing the same origins as Rio Carnival, Mardi Gras takes place on the Tuesday before the first day of Ash Wednesday. The entire city sees parades and you can see costumed performers throwing trinkets, beads, and doubloons. It’s the day to enjoy your heart’s desire before going into Lent, so you’ll see plenty of drunkenness around.
India is home to many festivals due to its rich subcontinental heritage and blends of religious ethnicities and cultures. One of the most popular and beautiful festivals held here is Holi, or the Festival of Color where everyone throws powdered color paint around.
Holi indicates the beginning of spring (hence the colors) and is also a celebration of good over evil.
Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan
As March ends and April begins, Japan’s Cherry Blossom season also starts. Cherry Blossoms are Japan’s national flower and symbolize mindfulness and living in the now. Because the festival is dependent on nature, stay in the loop with cherry blossom forecasts when planning your trip.
This fun and one-of-a-kind festival celebrates the start of the Thai New Year and involves throwing and sprinkling water at each other to wash away evil, sins, and bad luck.
Over time, this festival has become a giant water fight where people go to the streets armed with water guns, buckets, and jet sprays. It’s all about combining spirituality and fun here.
La Tomatina, Spain
Probably the craziest festival in the world, La Tomatina takes place every year in Bunol, Spain. Here, people get together and have a tomato fight. Waste of food? Not really. The Spaniards use over-ripe, bad quality tomatoes that can’t be used for eating for this event.
Although Oktoberfest is now celebrated all across the world, it originated in Munich, Germany. The celebration is all about Bavarian culture and of course, beer. The festival draws over six million people who enjoy Bavarian food, music, parades, and funfair.
Konya Whirling Dervishing Festival, Turkey
Taking inspiration from Sufism, this festival is a celebration of culture, religion, and dance. The festival is dedicated to Rumi, a Sufi saint of Islam. Thousands of Sufi mystics come together in Konya, a small city in Turkey, for Rumi’s tomb and perform an intricate dance known as Sema.
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