27 Strange and Spectacular Festivals Around the World

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As there’s nothing better than touring the world in search of fun parties, check out this list of the 27 most fun and fantastic festivals on the planet

Dinagyang Festival, Philippines

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This festival is a religious celebration that takes place during the first days of January

Busójárás, Hungary

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This annual event recreates the old Ottoman legends; special masks and costumes are used as the atmosphere is enlivened with folk music and dance.

Floating Lanterns Festival, Hawaii

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This celebration honors the memory of the dead. In this festival, more than 6,000 lights floats on the water to remember those who are no longer with us.

Kingsday, Netherlands

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This celebration, which commemorates the birth of King Willem Alexander, is the Netherland´s most important national holiday

Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Thailand

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In this Buddhist festival, lanterns are released to the sky in form of lotus flower to symbolize wishes.

Holi Festival of Colors, India

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This fantastic and fun celebration has a special ingredient: the culture of an ancient country

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, EE.UU.

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World´s most important hot air balloon festival takes place for nine days in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan

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Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see a large number of splendid snow and ice sculptures lining Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino.

Ágitagueda Art Festival, Portugal

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In July, the sky is filled with umbrellas and the streets are dressed in bright colors 

La Tomatina, Spain

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This event attracts thousands of people every year in the month of August, with the aim of starting a funny tomato fight among attendees.

Day of the dead, Mexico

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This particular celebration honors the memory of the deceased in a very Mexican way

Els Enfarinats, Spain

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This funny celebration simulates a particular coup d’etat, while an orchestra entertains the event

Merfest, EE.UU.

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Also known as the Festival of mermaids and mermen. It takes place in North Carolina.

Jaipur Elephant Festival, India

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The Elephant Festival of Jaipur offers the perfect opportunity to see these royal and regal creatures in all their splendor as they parade before the attendees to the beating of the Nagara and the blowing of the Bankiya, followed by rows of decked up camels, horses with lanced riders, horse drawn chariots, cannon carts and porters carrying palanquins followed by performances of the folk dancers

Pulikali, India

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Also known as the Festival of the Tiger. It takes place in Kerala

Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

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Summer in this country is filled with mud during this fun celebration

 Songkran Festival, Thailand

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Of all feasts and festivals in Thailand, which are many, the Songkran Festival is the most striking, for it is widely observed not only in this country but also in Burma, Cambodia and the Lao State.

International Highline Meeting Festival, Italy

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The International Highline Meeting Festival looks like one heck of an awesome festival, boasting views the biggest party mansions in the world can’t compete with. Tight ropes stretching across the Italian Alps in gorgeous Monte Piana hold the festival attendees up.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival, India

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Held in February, this festival is considered one of the most exotic in the world.

 Las Fallas, Spain

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Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. What started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, has evolved into a 5-day, multifaceted celebration involving fire.

Rouketopolemos, Greece

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Rouketopolemos, or “rocket war,” is the best kind of holiday: the one where two Greek churches fire tens of thousands of rockets at each other

Monkey Buffet Festival, Thailand

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Set up in the province of Lopburi, North of Bangkok, the Monkey Buffet Festival is held for the benefit of the monkeys. 4000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables, cakes, candies is set down in front of temples on tables, in the pyramid or just on a simple mat for the delight of the 3000 monkeys living in the area.

Burning Man Festival, EE.UU.

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Burning Man Festival is the quintessential art and culture festival. Over 65,000 free spirits trek to the Nevada desert to create an ephemeral city.

Amsterdam Gay Pride, Netherlands

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 This citywide gay-pride festival is held annually at the center of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. The peak of the festival is during the Canal Parade, a parade of boats of large variety on the first Saturday of August, which usually goes from Westerdok over the Prinsengracht, Amstel river, Zwanenburgwal and Oudeschans to Oosterdok.

White Nights Festival, Russia

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Russia´s largest public event is held in the city of St. Petersburg

Quebec Winter Festival, Canada

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In the French-speaking province of Quebec, typical winter activities like snowboarding and hockey takes place during this celebration

Arde Lucus Festival, Spain

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This Galician festival aims to revive the Roman past of the city.  For this reason, participants dressed up in traditional costumes and made representations of Roman ancestral rites.

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