Festivals are cultural events tied to a long tradition, a happening sometime in the past or a religious belief specific to a community or a country. They are celebrated annually in commemoration of these traditions and attract thousands of people. Every country on earth celebrates at least one festival annually but over the years, some festivals have become more popular than others. Here is a list of famous festivals around the world I would like to attend:
Diwali Festival of Lights, India
This festival is celebrated in India every autumn. I was a teenager when I first heard about this festival in a bollywood movie. Though it is also celebrated here in Nigeria, I’ll like to attend the Indian version. I want to see the Diwali Lights in the street of Mumbai (or any other city I find myself) and have some of the delicacies unique to this festival and most of all, go deeper with my understanding of the celebration.
Oktoberfest, Munich Germany
I wonder how I’ll cope at this festival as I’m not a beer drinker. It was first held in 1810 and is now been celebrated in other cities around the world. Millions of tons of beer are served annually at this festival along with delicacies unique to Munich. There are also games, amusement rides and side stalls for visitors to enjoy so count me in.
Mardi Gras New Orleans, USA
Mardi gras literary means Fat Tuesday in French and it is celebrated before the Christian lent. It is celebrated in several cities around the world but the one in New Orleans have become very popular. It’ll be fun to watch the massive celebrations and maybe get fat while I’m at it.
Rio De Janeiro Carnival, Brazil
I’m particularly drawn this festival because its vibrancy. I like how the streets are flooded with samba dancers adorned by their elaborate costumes. Like mardi gras, it is also held before lent and it involves performances from samba schools all around Rio. It is one of the largest festivals in the world with an average of two million people parading the streets daily.
Chinese New Year, China
Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries with significant Chinese population like Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand amongst others. Celebration starts on the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar and ends on the fifteenth day of the first month. While there are several traditions and activities such as red envelopes, gift exchange, family reunion, I would like to watch the lion dance and see the fireworks that light up the skies.
The free for all carnival of colours makes me want to celebrate this important Hindu religious festival. I want to throw dry powdered colours at friends and strangers at open streets and parks. I’ll call them my living art and definitely capture photos to frame back home.
La Tomatina, Spain
This particular festival isn’t tied to any ancient tradition. It’s just people having fun and getting messy. I simply just want to get drenched in busted tomatoes while capturing fun moments at this festival.
Songkran Water Festival, Thailand
Who wouldn’t want to attend a water fight celebration? Well, I would. Songkran is celebrated as the traditional new year day in Thailand and the water fight is symbol of washing away sins and bad luck for the forth coming year.
Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland
It would be nice to watch the celebrations held in honour of the foremost patron saint of Ireland. I would wear green attire and walk the streets of Dublin watching the parades. Maybe I’ll also attend the church service even though I’m not catholic.
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, China
Being from a country where it doesn’t snow, I’m fascinated by the huge ice sculptures featured at this festival and I would love to see them. I just hope I don’t freeze while at it as temperatures can be as low as -16˚C in Harbin.