Starting to explore a country’s culture through its annual festivals is the best and fun way to do. Festivals are really great for gathering different kinds of people around the world together and being also educational and fun at the same time. You will have the chance to experience new things, meet local people in festivals and learn lots of stuff about their culture. You will also have many great memories and never want to forget them. If you love learning and experiencing new things you should definitely go and start looking for a festival to go on your next trip.

There are variety of festivals around the world that is interesting for everyone. From art to religion you can find which festival to go according to your interests. Here in this article, you will find 11 most popular festivals around the world to help you choose and that will make you start packing for your next adventure.

1. Holi – India

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This festival is an old Hindu celebration with colors and it is also known as the Festival of colors around the world. Every year people in India celebrate the winning of good over evil and the beginning of spring through this Holi Festival. In this festival, people gather around and they start to dance, sing and throw colored powder or water to each other which is the best part of the festival. This festival takes place in March which is the beginning of spring and it lasts only for a night and a day. You must definitely take a trip to India if you are interested in this very colorful Holi Festival.

2. Oktoberfest – Germany

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Formerly, Oktoberfest was the celebration of the Bavarian King Ludwig’s wedding but nowadays it is celebrated as a beer festival. Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest and the most popular beer festival. People from all over the world come to Germany, Munich to see this festival and it begins from the last 2 weeks of September to the first week of October. You can eat lots of different traditional foods, enjoy amusement rides, play games and obviously, you can drink tons of festival beer as the Oktoberfest is a beer festival. If you are a fan of festivals that contains drinking lots of beer and eating delicious food, you can start packing for Oktoberfest.

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3. Rio Carnival – Brazil

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One of the most popular and widely known festivals around the world, Rio Carnival is a huge celebration of dancing and singing. People from all over the world come to Brazil to attend this carnival and they have the chance to see the parades which are filled with energy and fun and they also can learn many things about the culture of Brazil by only attending this Rio Carnival. People prepare different kinds of showy costumes for this carnival and they sing and dance on the streets with these costumes which makes the carnival very very colorful. This exciting festival lasts for 5 days and bring people together for having fun and let them be a part of this celebration every year.

4. Carnival of Venice – Italy

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Carnival of Venice is an annual festival in Italy since the 12th century and it is widely known around the world for its unique masks. Carnival of Venice lasts approximately 2 weeks in February. For this festival, people wear traditional costumes and traditional masks and they dance and sing in those costumes. It is a really great and unique festival in which you can learn a lot of things about the culture of Venice and you should definitely attend this festival in Venice if you are into this stuff. As it is one of the greatest cities around the world and also a very historical one, you can always find a lot of things to do and learn in Venice besides attending the Carnival of Venice.

5. Coachella – USA

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Coachella is one of the most popular music festivals around the world and this festival continues to gather popularity every year. This festival takes place in the Colorado Desert in April. Because of the fact that it is a very popular music festival, it can be really hard to find tickets for Coachella as they are being sold months before the festival. Every year most of the very famous singers and bands take place at this festival which is great for people who love music. It is also really great for people who love expressing their taste in fashion.

6. Burning Man – USA

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One of the most popular festivals around the world, Burning Man is an annual festival taking place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It is held in near the end of August and people from all over the world come with their crazy costumes and be a part of this wildest and craziest party in the world. The Burning Man is definitely a very unique festival and it is also a must-see event that you should add to your travel list.

7. La Tomatina – Spain

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La Tomatina is one of the oldest and most popular festivals around the world and it takes place in Buñol, Spain every year in August. It is a big tomato fight in which people throw tomatoes to each other on the streets of Spain. If you think that you can stand being messed up in tomatoes and have fun with that it can be a great and a fun idea for you to go to Spain for this festival and to join this crazy tomato war.

8. Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea


Taking place in Boryeong which is one of the most beautiful cities in South Korea, this crazy mud festival is obviously all about mud. There are mud slides, mud pools, mud skiing competition and more. Every year people from all around the world come to South Korea to have fun being all covered in mud and to be a part of this messy and extraordinary annual Boryeong Mud Festival. It takes place in the Daecheon Beach in summer and you are absolutely going to love being covered in Boryeong mud and taking a mud bath in the beautiful Daecheon Beach.

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9. The Day of the Dead – Mexico

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One of the most popular cultural festivals around the world, The Day of the Dead i a holiday that is celebrated in Mexico. And it is also in the UNESCO’s representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. This holiday starts on October 31 and ends on November 2. This festival gathers people with their families and friends and together they remember the ancestors and people who are now dead. In some regions the Day of the Dead is celebrated with parades and children wear costumes and go door to door.

10. Pingxi Lantern – Taiwan


Pingxi Lantern is a Taiwan festival about wishes, hopes, desires and dreams. It is one of the best festivals in the world with its beautiful and soothing scenery of thousands of sky lanterns in the sky. Every year people who came to this festival in Taiwan write down their hopes and dreams on sky lanterns and release them and then watch them flying through the sky. It definitely is a must see festival and this festival takes place in New Taipei City, Pingxi District and happens between February and March.

11. Glastonbury Music Festival – England

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Glastonbury Music Festival is one of the biggest and most popular music festivals around the world. Besides having the chance to listen to good live music this festival also offers having the chance to see other performing arts such as theatre, poetry, comedy and it also offers entertainment for children which is really great for families with kids. It takes place in Pilton, Somerset and starts generally in June and lasts for 5 days.

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Bottom Line

As it is said earlier in this article there are plenty of reasons to go to the festivals around the world. First of all, going to all kinds of festivals can be the best and the most fun way to learn a culture. You will have the chance to try different things with these festivals which is a great opportunity for those who love to try and learn new things. These festivals are also really great for its power to gather people together and enable people to socialize more and make new friends.

Festivals are always the best way to know people and they always have something fun and good to offer. The festivals in this article definitely worth a visit. You can choose the ones that appeals your interests and start packing for those destinations. And also these festivals might take place in rural areas which are difficult to access, if so you might want to check out online car hire services to get those locations easily.,