With hundreds of festivals happening all over the world it’s hard to decide which ones to visit. If you want a party atmosphere or something more relaxing, there’s a festival on this list for you.
Mardi Gras – February
Mardi Gras is the ultimate carnival you need to experience. Based around New Orleans, this celebration ends the before the first day of lent. Also known as ‘Fat Tuesday’, its visitors feast on lots of greasy food and alcohol before giving it up for 40 days.
This event is free and takes place all over the city. Various different floats and parades travel through town playing Mexican music and throwing gifts to the crowds. Beads are mainly thrown off the floats as they are seen as lucky and each colour has a different meaning. Purple symbolises justice, green symbolises faith and gold symbolises power.
You’ll need to wear a mask during Mardi Gras as it is one of the many traditions that was originally used to escape social classes. Even though Mardi Gras is a family event, an adult only drinking area can be found in the French Quarter, but no parades pass through this part of town.
Snowbombing festival – April
Having a music festival on the side of a snowy mountain sounds like a crazy idea but that’s exactly what this festival is. Snowbombing is the world’s leading music festival on snow in the Austrian peaks and has been for 19 years.
Set in one of the finest ski resorts in Europe, this isn’t your average festival. The different venues for the festival definitely take advantage of the surroundings. Over 100 acts perform in igloos, enchanted forests and subterranean super clubs across the week. As well as having the luxury of staying in a cosy chalet, skiing during the day, going to luxury spas and eating authentic alpine cuisine. They also have Austria’s largest fancy dress street party. What’s not to like?
The World Yoga Festival – July
The open-air event takes place in the picturesque grounds of Child Beale Trust near Reading. For 3 days, the grounds transform into a yogi’s wonderland with a variety of different yoga and meditation classes taking place. No experience is needed to attend the festival.
The festival was set up as a fundraising event for the charity Arshakula Foundation and has become one of the world’s largest yoga festivals. The event also offers workshops and talks about yoga philosophy as well as concerts. The festival is family friendly and has a strict no drinks or drugs policy.
Tomorrowland – July
If you love EDM, then you will know what Tomorrowland is. If you don’t, then you still probably have heard of it. Tomorrowland is an electronic dance music festival that takes place in Boom, Belgium. Since it began in 2005, It has become one of the world’s largest music festivals and its clear to see why.
Every year has a different theme that transforms the look of the festival. However, it is always over the top and magical. This year the theme is ‘The Story of Planaxis’. People have summarised that the theme this year is underwater and sea life as lots of the promotional material for the festival is covered in drawings of shells and sea turtles. Also, a quick google revealed that Planaxis is a small sea snail which wouldn’t be a very exciting theme.
As well as having a variety of world class DJ’s, there is also a variety of different stages. Some are floating and can only be accessed by boat. Tomorrowland is also filled with funfair rides, fireworks and 2-star Michelin restaurant. If that doesn’t make you want to pack your bags right now, nothing will.
Oktoberfest – September / October
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer and traveling funfair. The 16 day event, also known as a Volksfest, is a free folk festival that is annually held in a meadow outside Munich city centre. Visitors from all over the world come to festival to celebrate with lots of steins and some even dress up in traditional Bavarian gear.
Guest can enjoy a range of German food classics such as schnitzel, brisket, giant pretzels and wild oxen. There is also plenty of drinking, dancing, live music, parades and fairground rides to enjoy while you’re there.
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