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Must experience festivals around the world?

After going to Holi in India and Coachella in California, I want to experience other festivals around the world! What are some of the best and most impressive festivals in the world and why? It can be any type; food, music, dance, craft, cultural? Thanks!


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  • Erica Brooks

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    You can not miss the Venice Carnival, it's a great experience to see all those costumes and masks. You have been to India, so next time you go there attend the Pushkar Festival in Rajasthan, it is one of the world's largest camel fairs and also carries religious significance for the Hindus. You can be there in October-November every year.

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    Hoi An Ancient Town- The Hoi An Lantern Festival that takes place every full moon is just magical. The city switches off its electricity for a few hours at night and everything functions only by lamp and candlelight. Lanterns are floated down the Thu Bon river and you can play traditional games and eat at stalls by the riverside. If you are in Vietnam during a full moon, Hoi An is the place to be.General Trippy Media

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  • Kelly Dawson

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    Here are two ideas for festivals in August, so you can plan ahead:

    Similar to Coachella but with cooler weather and a more low-key crowd -- not to mention, in my opinion, better food -- the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco is a lot of fun.

    Another festival worth a visit is the Notting Hill Carnival in London. Decked-out floats and intricate costumes are the main attractions, and they make for great people watching.


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    If you're able to, Burning Man in Black Rock City is amazing. I have a great time every year there and learn a lot about myself. There's music, art, inspiring people, creative installations, every activity imaginable, community, spirituality, camping, and more.Black Rock City

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    The Palio in Siena, Italy. Bareback horserace around the central square of the beautiful medieval city on July 2 and August 16th. Authentic event, not a show for tourists! I'd recommend going a few days befit the race to experience trial races, dinners in the streets, and the energy and tension that builds up to race day. Seriously incredible! You'll have to book a hotel early.

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      YES! Great recommendation! :) · (1 likelikes)

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  • Rob Chopra

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    Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Needs no explanation. Just. Go.

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    The International Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada end of June beginning of July every year. A must, lots of free outdoor shows. It's the best way to indulge in nown, unnown parformers from arround the world.

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    Large? Taste of Chicago. Small? The Gilroy Garlic Festival. Have fun!

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    Gion Festival Kyoto-Japan

    Date: 1-31 July

    This festival, one of the three largest in Japan, along with the Kanda Festival in Tokyo and the Tenjin Festival in Osaka. It lasts for almost a month and starts with the ceremonial Mikoshiarai (washing of the portable shrines) on the 10th through to the Kankou Festival on the 24th as its centerpiece, it spreads over the whole of Kyoto's Shijo-douri.

    The tradition started nearly 1100 years ago when, as a prayer for the end of plague, a total of 66 pikes (one for each of the provinces) were made and sent with portable shrines to Shinsen-en. The Festival reaches its peak on the 17th, with the Yamaboko Float Parade (Yamaboko Jyunkou).

    The city becomes a magic place where past and present meet. The songs, the chants, the smell of the scent, the amazing traditional Japanese costumes which you won't have a chance to see in other time of the year - all this is amazing as an experience. The food is always tasty, but in this period you can try many traditional dishes and experience the late night culture of the city. I would highly recommend to join the crowd there.


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    Music & Dance Festival of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast.

    Why? great artists performing in a corner of paradise

    http://www.ravellofestival.com/

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    Oktoberfest in Munich! Obviously it's a festival centered around beer, but you get a little German culture and history thrown in as well :)

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    In Ireland, every September, there is a (relatively) little boutique music festival, in the countryside in StradballyStradbally that is often blessed with good weather (which, believe me is a great thing in Ireland!) It is quirky with art installations, politics and comedy tents as well as zen gardens and wellness centres. It is sustainable and purports to look after both body and soul. It is really well organised and even the food tents are good. This year there is a really good music line-up too (Blur, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine, Interpol, Despacio are just some of the acts announced ) The vibe is always chilled and it turns into an end of golden-days-of-summer blast. check it out here:

    www.electricpicnic.ie


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    Fallas in Valencia.

    At the end of February, the Fallas season kicks off with La Despertá, the awakening, when people walk down the narrow streets towards the City Hall throwing fireworks. It's loud and smoky, but so very Valencian. That evening is typically, La Crida, the more serious side of this festival opening where the Fallera Mayor de Valencia (the elected queen of the festival, essentially) will give a speech, Falla groups gather, there's a procession to the Basilica, and there are fireworks.

    From then on, there are weekly and then daily mascletás in the Plaça de l'Ajuntament.

    By March 14th, large paper maché monuments/statues are erected in every space in the city and across the region blocking intersections and completely stopping all traffic along many main roads. Falla groups celebrate with streets filled with paella, bands and parades. There are churros, chocolate, and buñelos served at stands all around the city. You'll see mini mascletás at random and people dressed in exquisite costumes. The entire city celebrates and it's just phenomenal.

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    On March 17-18th, processions of Falla groups assemble to bring flower offerings to the giant Virgen de los Desamparados figure created out of flowers during the festival. It's very emotional for locals and is the serious side of this festival. These nights are also nights of some of the most amazing fireworks displays that I've ever seen.

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    On March 19th, there is a "Cabalgada del Fuego" - parade of fire that begins just past the Plaza de Toros de Valencia, and a beautiful Moros y Cristianos parade at Almirante just afterwards. This is the date that it all culminates with the burning of all of the Falla Monuments. It's called La Cremá. Firemen stand by to control the burning, but each one will be doused with gas and filled with fireworks, then set on fire and people watch until they burn completely to the ground. By the next day, the city is completely returned to normal.

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    Electric Forest in Michigan - End of June.

    The Sherwood Forest is amazing!! Look up some photos on google to get an idea but being there in person is 10 times better!! Very relaxing and chill environment and amazing people!

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    The best festival in the World (according the federation of festivals) is www.tomorrowland.be (dance) and that is in Boom (translated "tree") in Belgium.

    Then 2nd best, but was for years the best one www.rockwerchter.be (dance, pop, rock) in Werchter, Belgium and 3rd you have www.pukkelpop.be (pop, rock) in Kiewit/HasseltBelgium

    Then you have also a very good festival in the Netherlands (not far from Belgium) and that is www.pinkpop.nl (dance, pop, rock)

    These 4 are the best in the Benelux.

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    Hogmany over New Years in Edinburgh no one knows how to party like the Scots

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    General Trippy MediaAny of the major festivals in Bhutan are AMAZING! Very few tourists and dances in costume (animals and deities) that tell legends and stories. All the Bhutanese wear their traditional clothing (all the time!) but with their best for the festivals. Once in a lifetime experience.

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    Songkran is the Thai New Year festival which takes place around mid-April. In the bigger cities and tourist spots it turns into a complete water gun battle/party in the streets. Bangkok and Chiang Mai are likely the most intense places to celebrate but it can be celebrated throughout the rest of the country as well.

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    La Tomatina Buñol thousands of people out to have fun meet in a long narrow street and fight with tomatoes. Too much fun.

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    I really liked the Ati Atihan festival in Kalibo in the Philippines

    Very colroful festival with a safe vibe that also makes it suitable for families with children as well as old people.

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