Festivals You Should Go To Before You Die

The most amazing festivals around the world that you don’t want to miss.

Kumbh Mela – India

Amrit Nectar of Immortality(credit: Coupdoeil)

Kumbh Mela is the mass Hindu pilgrimage in India to bathe in a sacred river. It the largest peaceful gathering of human beings anywhere in the world. Each Kumbh Mela attracts tens of millions of people taking part in the mass ritual bathing that Hindus have been performing since ancient times. It is held every three years at one of four places: Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. The next Kumbh Mela will be at Nashik in 2015 (August 15 – September 13).

La Tomatina – Valencia, Spain

Held in the town of Buñol, Spain, La Tomatina is a huge annual food fight in which thousands of participants throw tomatoes at each other. An estimated 150,000 tomatoes is thrown around during the festival, leaving the participants and the surrounding town square painted red with tomato paste. In 2013, the town hall decided to require tickets and limit the number of participants to 20,000 people. La Tomatina is held on the last Wednesday in August.

Carnaval – Brazil

Carnaval is an annual festival held in cities throughout Brazil during the Friday to the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. In the major cities, huge parades are led by the local samba schools. During this nearly week long period of intense partying, the country basically stops. The festivities last day and night and in Rio de Janeiro alone, millions of people come out to party.

Holi – India
Indian Hindu devotees participate in rituals for the Lathmar Holi festival at the Nandji Temple in Nandgaon on March 22, 2013. Lathmar Holi is a local celebration, but it takes place well before the national Holi day on March 27. AFP PHOTO/ Sanjay Kanojia

Holi is India’s festival of color. This is the time when people all throughout India celebrate the victory of good over evil. People celebrate holi by throwing colored powder and colored liquid at each other. Holi celebrations always takes place on the day after the full moon in February or March.

Burning Man – Utah, United States

Take tens of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, place them in the desert of Nevada for a week, and you have Burning Man. There isn’t a good way of describing what Burning Man is as it’s one of those experiences that you would have to experience yourself to know what it is about. The week long festival is filled with art, workshops, parties, music, new experiences, and tons of human interaction. A week on The Playa is to experience living in a form of society that is vastly different from the normal world.

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest held in Munich, Germany during the last weeks of September to the first weekend of October, is the world’s biggest beer festival. Each year, millions of visitors flock to the tents to enjoy beer and traditional German foods.

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