Festivals bring the true essence of the culture of a community or a region. It is the time of celebration for everyone and a break from their regular life. Each festival has its own story of origins and also why or how it is celebrated in a certain way. Many festivals are so magical that they attract crowd from around the world. Here is a list of the most popular festivals around the world that you have to experience in your lifetime, not to forget the biggest festival carnival festival in the world, Rio Carnival.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China
The ice and snow festival in Harbin, China is the largest festival of its kind in the world. It takes place every year from January 5 to February 5, and people present their sculptures made of ice and snow. The sculptures go as big as real size building blocks which one can enter to experience only ice and snow. Other events include swimming competitions, ice lantern show, ice sailing, and speed skating.
International Sand Sculpture Festival, Portugal
Also known as FIESA, this is the largest sand sculpting festival in the world which is not very old as it was first celebrated in 2003 in Portugal. This festival hosts 50 towering sculptures each year which are made of over 40000 tons of sands and carved by 60 artists from around the world. FIESA hosts a specific theme each year, ranging from the new technologies to the ancient mythologies and popular traditions.
Lantern Festival, Taiwan
Taiwan’s lantern festival is one of the most special events that is held on the first full-moon night of every Lunar year. During the festival, thousands of sky lanterns are decorated to be lifted up to the sky. Every year the theme of the decorations depend on the Chinese zodian signs. The big lanterns in the festivals represent the incoming of the new days while the small lanterns represent the important historical events.
Carnival of Venice, Italy
Carnival of Venice is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Italy and is called Carnevale di Venezia by locals. This event is famous for its colorful and mysterios masks which is a traditional feature in the festival. The festival goes back to the beginning of the 12th century is the Republic of Venice was established. The festival hosts different concerts, food fests, and a variety of performances from artists around the world.
La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain
You may or may not have heard of this festival, but it is one of the most enthralling experience you can get when you are in Spain. During this event, people play with tomatoes and throw them at each other. You can find massive load of trucks carrying tomatoes to the city just to get smashed around the festival. There are other events such as music, dance, parades which also take place during this week long festival.
Similar to La Tomatina, Holi is also a festival of playing with each other, but in this case, the prop is colouring. The entire country celebrates holi is a span of a week where people apply color on each other as a symbol of love. This festival is mostly popular in India and Nepal, but hindus around the world celebrate it in their own ways in different countries.