Every year all around the world a wide variety of crazy festivals take place. Some are colorful, others are messy, and many more are simply beautiful. Here we countdown 17 of the craziest festivals from all around the world, the only requirement is that they bring people from all walks of life closer together.
1. Holi Color Festival in India
The Holi Festival celebrates the triumph of good over bad, and is held annually between the end of February and the end of March.
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2. Winter Light Festival in Japan
Every year from mid November to mid March, Kuwana City holds a traditional Winter Light Festival, which includes the famous tunnel of light.
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3. Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Thailand
The Festival of Lights is celebrated throughout all of Thailand, but in Chiang Mai the festivities are a bit different. Instead of releasing lotus-shaped receptacles onto the water, people in Chiang Mai release lighted lanterns into the sky while simultaneously making a wish. The exact date of the festival is never known more than a few weeks in advance.
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4. Agitagueda Art Festival in Portugal
Learn more about the hundreds of umbrellas that float above certain streets in Portugal.
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5. Winter Scareaway Festival in Mohács Busójárás, Hungary
This festival has an interesting legend behind it, detailing how the people of Mohács were able to fight off the oppressive Ottoman Turks. The legend inspired this annual celebration that occurs at the end of winter. The festival includes burning a stuffed straw figure that represents winter.
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6. Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan
The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s largest winter festivities, attracting more and more people from near and far every year. In fact, over 2 million people visit the event in order to see incredible snow and ice sculptures, like this Star Wars inspired masterpiece.
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7. Cherry Blossom Lantern Festival in Japan
This picture is from the 2013 cherry blossom lantern festival held at Honmyō-ji in Kumamoto, Japan.
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8. Golden Retriever Festival in Scotland
The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland puts on the annual Golden Retriever Festival. Since 2006, the club has held the dog party at the ancestral home of the beautiful golden breed. Last year’s gathering set a record with 222 dogs in attendance.
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9. Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Mexico
The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico, as well as all around the world. It is held in order to pray for and remember loved ones that have passed on.
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10. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in USA
Albuquerque, New Mexico holds an annual Balloon Fiesta in early October. The spectacular 9-day event includes over 500 balloons, and is known as the largest hot air balloon festival in the entire world.
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11. The International Highline Meeting Festival, Monte Piana, Italy
This festival offers unmatched views of the Italian Alps, as participants hang out on these highflying hammocks.
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12. Floating Lanterns Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
A must-see festival held annually on Memorial Day.
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13. Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA
The annual Burning Man Festival is a celebration of art, music, and everything creative. It is held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
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14. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival in Japan
This festival offers breathtaking views of Mount Fuji accented by endless fields of pink moss, or shibazakura.
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15. Songkran Water Festival in Thailand
This Water Festival is a New Year’s celebration in Southeast Asian countries. Westerners refer to it as the ‘water festival’ because people pour water on one another as a cleansing ritual in preparation for the new year. In Thailand the festival starts on April 13 and extends to April 15.
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16. La Tomatina Festival in Spain
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17. Baby Jumping Fiesta in Spain
This annual festival includes men dressed in traditional devil’s clothing jumping over babies lined up in the streets.
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