20 legendary festivals to see in your lifetime

Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

International festivals to do before you die

Festivals are considered one of life’s most exciting and wonderful experiences, sharing joy and spreading good cheer with everyone and every social disparity. At a festival, like the ones featured below, you can’t help but sing, dance and join in with all the other people who have come to attend the event. There really is something beautiful about the power of festivals to resemble people and celebrate our existence. If you feel this way, then here are 20 festivals you absolutely must do in your life. And if you’ve been to a festival that isn’t on this list, feel free to comment just below the article!

Holi, India’s festival of colors

Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Celebrations begin with the lighting of a bonfire on the eve of Holi. Then, revelers throw colored powder absolutely everywhere to spread joy and share happiness with everyone.

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Kuwana Festival of Lights in Japan

With over 7 million LED lights, the Nabana No Sato Botanical Garden celebrates winter in elegant style. Most of the park is powered by batteries charged with solar panels during the day, minimizing the effect of the celebrations on the environment.
Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Up Helly Aa: fire festival in Scotland’s Shetland Islands

Up Helly Aa is a festival that marks the end of Yule, a winter festival, and sends spectators back in time. In Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, thousands of people parade through the streets in Viking costume. The procession ends with the throwing of torches to set a replica drakkar ablaze.
Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Carnival in Venice

In 1162, the Republic of Venice emerged victorious from an attempted invasion. In victory, the people of Venice celebrated the event in Piazza San Marco. Today, Venice Carnival marks the beginning of Lent. What hasn’t changed since the first carnival, however, are the exquisite outfits.
Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Glastonbury Festival, England

Since 1970, Glastonbury has been one of the biggest and best music festivals in the world. In 2013, 135,000 people attended to hear live music from the Arctic Monkeys and the Rolling Stones, as well as dance, comedy, theater and circus performances.
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Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Fiesta de Cascamorras in Spain

Guadix and Baza are two towns located in Granada, a community in southern Spain. Historically, the two towns have been neighbors, sisters and rivals. Over 500 years ago, a Guadix worker found a buried sculpture of the Virgen de la Piedad. A group from Baza stole the virgin before it could be returned to Guadix. Every September 6, the Cascamorras, a jester dressed in a brightly colored costume, travels from Guadix to Baza with the intention of stealing the sculpture of the Virgen de la Piedad. It ends in a harmless paint fight. On September 9, the « Cascamorras » once again returned to Guadix without accomplishing his task and, as a reprimand, was sprayed with paint by the locals.
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Rainforest World Music Festival, Kuching, Borneo

In the middle of a tropical rainforest, thousands of revelers gather to celebrate world music. Every year in July or late June, over the course of 3 days, dozens of bands from all over the world, covering every type of music you can imagine, come to play to a crowd of 30,000.
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International Sand Sculpture Festival in Pêra, Portugal

It’s the biggest sand sculpture event in the world. The festival covers 1400 m² of beach. Each year, 60 artists use over 35,000 tons of sand to create 50 stunning works of art. FIESA takes place between May and October.
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Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan

TheElectric Forest Festival is a four-day music event focusing on electronica and jam bands. Held in June, the natural setting and spectacular light shows combine to create a surreal wilderness experience. Part of the proceeds are donated to a neighboring municipality of a few thousand people.
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Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia

The White Nights Festival is an artistic event held every year in St. Petersburg on Polar Day, when the sun is still visible at midnight. During the event, you can watch the « scarlet sails » sailing on the Neva, accompanied by fireworks and entertainment, in front of millions of spectators. The tradition of this evening goes back to the end of the Second World War, when various schools in St. Petersburg decided to organize a big party to celebrate the end of the school year.
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Day of the Dead in Mexico

The Day of the Dead or « Día de Muertos » is a Mexican festival where people gather to pray and remember friends and family members who have passed away. The festival itself dates back thousands of years, since it was celebrated by the Aztec people. The celebration, which generally runs from October 31 to November 2, features elaborate costumes and an assortment of traditional dishes.
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Elephant festival in Jaipur, India

Elephants play an important role in Indian culture, and in March they are celebrated with their own festival. It all starts with a procession of elephants dressed in magnificent costumes and covered in extravagant jewels. Events include elephant polo, races and tug-of-war. This is certainly one of the most beautiful festivals for animal lovers.
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Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan

Every February, for seven days, hundreds of monolithic sculptures are visited by millions of people. The Snow Festival began in 1950, when six high school students built six snow statues in Odori Park after several festivals had been suspended during and after the Second World War. In 1955, the diversity of participants increased with the addition of sculptures from the Self-Defense Forces. Since then, the festival has grown to mind-boggling proportions.
Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Inti Raymi, Peru’s festival of the sun

In the days of the Inca Empire, the Festival of the Sun was one of the most important events of the year. The ceremony pays homage to Inti, the sun god. Since 1944, Peru has organized a theatrical performance of the procession every June in honor of the ancient Incas, attracting thousands of participants.
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Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Le Garma festival in Australie

The Garma Festival is a celebration held by the Yolngu people, Australia’s aborigines. The festival aims to encourage the practice, preservation and maintenance of traditional dance, song, art and ceremony. It also aims to share Yolngu knowledge and culture with those lucky enough to be invited. The festival takes place in the heart of Arnhem Land at the beginning of September.
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Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Lantern Festival in Asia

The Lantern Festival has been celebrated since ancient times on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunisolar calendar. People of Chinese and Vietnamese origin go to the temples with thousands of lanterns adorned with intricate but beautiful designs. At the end of the night, the lanterns fly away in a superb spectacle that symbolizes the letting go of your own past.
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Burning Man in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert

Burning Man is an annual event that celebrates culture and art in the last week of August. Artists build dozens of huge installations, while musicians entertain crowds of over 50,000. It all culminates in the burning of a great wooden man, once over 30 meters tall.
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Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival, USA

The world’s largest hot-air balloon festival sees over 750 balloons gather for nine days of festivities. The Fiesta began in 1972, with a gathering of 13 balloons for a 770 KKOB radio birthday party. By the end of the event, you’ll have a stiff neck.
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Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

La Tomatina, in Buñol, Spain

Legend has it that this tomato battle began in 1945, when locals threw vegetables at rabbits to prevent them from devouring the fruit at a stall. Some people were affected, and a « war » began. Today, on the last Wednesday in August, 20,000 revellers throw over 150,000 tomatoes at each other in a single day, just for fun.
Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

Festivals légendaires dans le monde à voir et faire dans votre vie

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