How Cool is That!? 5 Must See Festivals Around the World

“Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live.”– David Binder

Having never been to any of the top festivals around the globe I wanted to make this list to light a fire not only under my butt but under others as well who might plan on planning a trip but never really get around to doing it. So take that vacation from work, buy that ticket and go experience something entirely new. More likely than not you will never regret it.

1. Nepal Dog Fest

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What: Also known as Tihar or festival of lights, this 5 day Hindu festival celebrates different religious figures each day such as the cow, crow and dog. The second day, Kukur Tihar is dedicated to the worship and appreciation of man’s best friend. Dog’s are often sprinkled with flowers, garlands and/or powder as a part of the tradition.

Where: Nepal

When: Nepal uses a lunar calendar as opposed to the more familiar solar calendar, so dates change each year. It usually falls somewhere in between mid-October and mid-November each year.

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2. Holi

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What: Holi is one of the most revered celebrations in India. Some call it the festival of love as its purpose is to bring people together to forget about resentments. The festival celebrates the joy, and the whole process symbolizes the triumph of the good over the bad. On the day of Holi, people play with colors, among many other aspects of the festival, to symbolize joy and to bring people together peacefully and joyfully.

Where: It is celebrated all over India.

When: It’s celebrated in the month of Phalgun during the full moon on the Hindu calendar. It usually occurs at the onset of Spring around March.

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3. Burning Man

What: Every year thousands of people gather in the desert in Nevada to create a unique city, called Black Rock City, that is dedicated to self-expression, art, community, and self-reliance. Anything goes at this festival. There are cars that look like they came straight out of Mad Max, sculptures, etc. If you can dream it, then you can make it at Burning Man.

Where: Nevada’s Black Rock Desert

When: Every year around August

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4. Balloon Fiesta

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What: Balloons of all shapes and sizes take off from a massive stadium complex in New Mexico. There are shape rodeos, balloon rides, parades, film festivals, and photography competitions to name a few. There are over 1,000 balloons that go up each year, and it is a spectacular must-see event!

Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico

When: Each year in October

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5. Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival

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What: This is the world’s largest winter festival and gets over 10 million visitors each year. There are ice sculpture competitions, and the sculptures and ice architecture can reach over 150 feet in height.

Where: Harbin, China

When: Depends on the weather, but most are held in late December through February.

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Published by Emma Browning

Hey everyone, my name is Emma Browning. Thanks for stopping by. I like to think of myself as a modern day renaissance woman since I basically do a little bit of everything. Here's a few of my jobs/hobbies in case you're curious: Group Fitness Instructor (Zumba, BodyStep and BodyPump), small business owner (string art& travel photography), archaeologist/anthropologist, actress, SCUBA dive master, reading addict, dog mom, cellist, and of course travel enthusiast. I've traveled to over 21 countries and speak French fluently and am learning Spanish. Traveling is one of my all time favorite things to do whether it be a day trip with my dog or a massive international adventure. I created this blog to help others see the world vicariously through my wanderings and also to give useful tips and essential information that will hopefully inspire more people to travel. Hopefully you have as much fun reading these posts and get a lot of useful information from them!

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