These 15 Incredible Festivals Around The World Are Totally Worth The Flight


You want to take a trip. But how do you choose where to go, what to see? Here are 15 incredible festivals that are totally worth the flight.

 

La Tomatina Festival In Spain
La Tomatina Festival In Spain
Buñol, Spain is the site of the tomato-based fest called La Tomatina. Yes, people have thrown tomatoes at each other to celebrate for generations. Definitely one food fight you won’t want to miss.

 

Harbin International Ice And Snow Festival In China
Harbin International Ice And Snow Festival In China
For over 16 years, China’s Heilongjiang province has been home to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Yes, you can go luging. No, you don’t need a sled. Yes, it’s something that’s a once in a lifetime experience worth using your vacation days for.

 

Carnival In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Carnival In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
One of the world’s most epic parades is Carnival. At Rio’s two nights of Carnival parades enjoy incredible floats, dancing, and even fireworks. It’s a party you will never forget.

 

Mikuni Dolls Festival In Japan
Mikuni Dolls Festival In Japan
Japanese children are the stars of this festival that takes place in May. People in traditional Japanese costumes pull carts carrying six meter high dolls of Japanese historical figures. It’s pretty amazing—and again, has to be felt to be completely understood.

 

Diwali Festival In India
Diwali Festival In India
Diwali, the festival of Lights, is in autumn (Northern Hemisphere) or spring (Southern Hemisphere) every year. It celebrates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. It’s also incredibly beautiful.

 

Boryeong Mud Festival In Seoul, South Korea
Boryeong Mud Festival In Seoul, South Korea
For over 18 years, Boryeong Mud Festival at the Daecheon swimming beach, has been promoting the use of mud for skin-care (all while promoting tourism). This summer treat occurs in mid-July.

 

White Nights Festival In Russia
White Nights Festival In Russia
The Scarlet Sails, a celebration in St. Petersburg, Russia, is a popular event of the White Nights Festival. It’s celebrated by over one million people.

 

Day Of The Dead In Mexico
Day Of The Dead In Mexico
The Day of the Dead, which starts on October 31 and ends on November 2, celebrates, you guessed it, the dead. But it’s not a sad celebration, it’s rather joyous and lots of fun.

 

Running Of The Bulls In Spain
Running Of The Bulls In Spain
The San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, is week-long party in July. Tens of thousands of people are chased down the street and into a stadium by bulls. You may recognize this festival from Hemingway’s book “The Sun Also Rises.”
Deemed barbaric by PETA, it is drenched in tradition for the Spanish people (not to mention fun for the tourists who come from all corners of the Earth to participate).

 

Samhuinn Fire Festival In Scotland
Samhuinn Fire Festival In Scotland
Samhuinn is a Scottish fire festival that takes place at the end of October. It celebrates the Celtic story of the overthrowing of Summer by Winter, and marks the coming of winter.

 

Holi In India

Holi In India
Holi is a Hindu religious festival beginning with a Holika bonfire the night before. The following morning is a color melee: everyone plays and chases each other with colored powder, all while groups sing and dance.

 

Songkran Water Festival In Thailand
Songkran Water Festival In Thailand
This city-wide water fight called the Songkran water festival is part of the Thai New Year celebrated in mid-April. Throwing water is a sign of respect and well wishing during the festival.

 

Full Moon Party In Thailand
Full Moon Party In Thailand
The full moon party started in late 1988 in Thailand and is a haven for backpackers. Who wouldn’t love an all night beach party?

 

Battle Of The Oranges In Spain
Battle Of The Oranges In Spain
This orange fight is part of the carnival in Ivrea, near Turin. It symbolizes rebellion against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages. It also is a really good source of fresh juice. Well, juice.

 

Carnival In Venice
Carnival In Venice
These masked and ornately costumed participants celebrate carnival in Venice in February. It’s a great festival that takes place throughout the gorgeous canals and streets.