Immersing yourself in another culture is one of the most exciting and unique experiences when travelling. One of the best ways to experience other traditions is through traditional festivals and events. We all know about St Patrick’s Day, Rio Carnival and Oktoberfest, but there are many other amazing festivals that are worth experiencing. Here is a list of 5 of the most amazing festivals from around the world:
San Fermin Bull Run – Pamplona, Spain
Every year, the inhabitants of Pamplona in northern Spain celebrate the festival of San Fermin. A major part of this festival is what is known as the Bull Run. The Bull Run involves people running through the streets of Pamplona with a heard of Spanish bulls. The streets are closed down and cattle are used to guide the bulls. Every year, people travel from around the world to join the adrenaline trip.
La Tomatina – Buñon, Spain
La Tomatina is an annual festival held in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain. This festival is basically a giant tomato fight. People fill the streets, bombarding each other with tomatoes just for the fun of it.
Holi – India and Nepal
Holi is the famous Hindu spring festival known as the festival of colours and the festival of sharing love. The main attraction of the festival is a huge ‘colour fight’ where people throw dried colours and coloured water balloons at each other. The colours are meant to represent joy, peace an love and have made Holi a festival that is also celebrated in the West.
Songkran Water Festival – Thailand
The Sonkran Water Festival is a celebration for Thai New Years. The festival takes place during one of the hottest periods of the year and is basically a huge water fight. People flood the streets with hoses, water guns and buckets; even elephants walk the streets and spray people with their trunks.
Mexican Day of the Dead – Mexico
The famous Dia de Muertos is a popular holiday in Mexico, in which people gather and commemorate their dead loved ones. Prominent features of the holiday include sugar skulls, dressing up, and various prayers and venerations. In modern times, dressing up has become more prominent as the festival collides with Halloween.
Burning Man – Nevada, USA
Burning Man is a major gathering in the Black Rock Dessert in Nevada. The event is described as a cultural and artistic experiment that is meant to promote community, individuality and expression. People who attend Burning Man say it is indescribable and that you must go and experience it for yourself.