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25 Most Unique Festival Celebrations Around The World Featured

09 February 2015
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Witness some of the most crazy, bizarre, interesting, unique festivals and celebrations from all around the world. Most countries have their unique festivals and events that can be once in a lifetime experience for the tourists. They don’t last more than 3-7 days but will offer you uncommon experiences and real great time. Festivals gather millions of people from around the world partying, drinking and having the time of their lives. Experience life the way it should be lived. Many of the events are variable, so be sure to check online to find out the specific dates for your festivals! Take a look and prepare for having the time of your life!

1. Yi Peng Lantern Festival (Thailand)

Yi Peng Lantern Festival

Its a festival that witnesses thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District in Taiwan. It was originally celebrated to ward of evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingshi Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner and finally they're released off into the sky together magically decorating the sky into a sanctuary of lights.

2. Holi: World’s Biggest Color Festival (India)


Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which starts with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is free for all carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance.

3. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (USA)


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine day event, and has around 750 balloons. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Once the balloons are let off, they paint the sky with their vibrant colors and hues making it a beautiful sight to look at.

4. Ágitagueda Art Festival (Portugal)


Every July, as part of Ágitagueda art festival, hundreds of umbrellas are hung over promenades in the streets of Águeda, a municipality in Portugal. The beautiful tradition started only 3 years ago, but has already earned world fame for the place. The installation not only adds a vibrant splash of color to the otherwise plain streets, but also creates a much needed shade from the heat.

5. Merfest - Mermaids And Mermen Festival In North Carolina (USA)


Founded in 1988, photographer Arthur Drooker traveled to North Carolina to document the avid mermaids and mermen that show up to Merfest. It takes place at the triangle Aquatic Center in Cary and invites people from all corners of the country. Full of vibrant colors and magical fins, the Merfest is a place for like-minded individuals to come together in a beautiful and fantastical way.

6. Els Enfarinats Festival Celebrated With Flour Fight In Ibi (Spain)

Els Enfarinats

Each year the Els Enfarinats festival takes place in the town of Ibi in eastern Spain. One group of men take over the town pronouncing a whole host of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them. Another group do battle with flour and eggs to regain control. All the fines raised go to charity.

7. La Tomatina Festival (Spain)

La Tomatina

Fun, frolic, dance and lots of tomatoes - this is one festival you absolutely cannot miss. Participants throw tomatoes at each other and ride down those tomato-streaked slides having the time of their lives. Be it tomato fights or the enormous water showers that follow, la tomatina is one event that gets you dancing and engaging in unlimited fun.

8. Día De Los Muertos Parade (Mexico)

Día De Los Muertos

The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

9. Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan)

Sapporo Snow

The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is held during one week every February in Hokkaido's capital Sapporo. It is one of Japan's most popular winter events. The Sapporo Snow Festival was started in 1950, when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. It has since developed into a large, commercialized event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and across the world. The Snow Festival is staged on three sites: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.

10. Jaipur Elephant Festival (India)

Elephant Festival

The Elephant Festival is an annual event held every year at Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan. The Elephant Festival Jaipur is organised according to the Indian calendar on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima (February/March), this day also coincides with day of Holika Dahan, just a day before Dulendhi, when the Indian festival of colour and joy Holi is celebrated all over India turning cities and towns into a riot of colour, fun and frolic.

11. The International Highline Meeting Festival, Monte Piana (Italy)

Highline Meeting

The International Highline Meeting festival seems like one of the chillest festivals we’ve ever heard of, but it also might be one of the most terrifying – attendees spend most of their time strung up on tightropes stretched across the Italian Alps in Monte Piana. The attendees call themselves “slackers” because of the slacklines they balance themselves on. This extreme sport differs from tightrope walking in that the rope has a slightly flattened shaped and has slack, meaning that it can move side-to-side or bounce.

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