Festivals are a good way to embrace culture. It is a day of celebration which brings together millions of people from around the world. At festivals, people are able to express themselves through art, drinking, music or wearing colorful costumes.

Burning Man

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When: August 2016 (exact date TBD)

Where: Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

What: Burning man is an event that is described as an experiment in community and art.  This event is influenced by 10 main principles which include radical inclusion, community cooperation, radical self-expression, radical self-reliance, gifting and decommodificatios and leaving no trace.  This event is named after a symbolic ritual of burning a large wooden effigy “the Man.”

The Rio De Janeiro Carnival

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When: February 5, 2016

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What: Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous and biggest festivals in the world.  It brings in about 2 million people per day on the streets of Brazil.  There you will find people wearing colorful and extravagant costumes who are dancing and singing to samba music.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

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When: January 5, 2016

Where: Harbin, China

What: Harbin Ice and Snow festival is the largest winter festival that includes the biggest ice sculptures in the world. There are two main exhibitions called “the Sun Island,” which includes enormous snow sculptures and “the Ice and Snow World,” which features full sized buildings made from blocks of ice that are lite up with lights.

Day of the Dead

When: November 1, 2016

Where: Mexico City, Mexico

What: Dia de los Muertos or The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday when friends and family gather to pray and remember their love ones that have died. On this day, people build private alters called ofrendas, they make sugar skulls and marigold to honor the deceased.  They also dress up  in colorful costumes,  paint skulls on their faces and parade down to their deceased graves and bring them gifts.

Running of the Bulls

When: July 6, 2016

Where: Pamplona, Spain

What: Running of the bulls is a Spanish tradition that involves running in front of a group of cattle.  It is a big adrenaline rush whether you are watching or running with the bulls.  It may be a fun experience, but it is also a deadly one.

Holi

When: March 23, 2016

Where: Nepal, India

What: Holi is known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. At this time people gather in the streets to sing and dance while playing, chasing and throwing dry colored powder or colored water on each other.  This celebration symbolizes victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter. Also, it is a day to play, forgive and forget, and repair broken relationships.

Oktoberfest

When: September 17, 2016

Where: Munich, Germany

What: Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival bringing over 6 million people from all over world.  Visitors come to enjoy a variety of attractions like amusement rides, games, food such as German sausages called Wurstl and of course the wide selection of beer.

Songkran Water Festival

When: April 13, 2016

Where: Thailand

What: Songkran Water festival is a celebration where pouring water is a symbol of washing away all of your sins and bad luck.  Here you will find many people in the streets having big water fight with super soaker, water balloons and just pain old water bottles.  It definitely is a wet and wild adventure.

Saint Patrick's Day

When: March 17, 2016

Where: Dublin, Ireland

What: Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration of the death of Saint Patrick, who is the patron saint of Ireland.  On this day, traditions bring the public to wear the color green or wear shamrocks while having parades and festivals and consuming a large amount of alcohol.

Glastonbury Music Festival

When: June 25, 2016

Where: Glastonbury, England

What: Glastonbury is a 5 day festival of contemporary performing arts that brings around 175,000 people from around the world which is held in England.  Besides amazing and incredible music, you can find theatre, dance, comedy, etc. One of the funnest parts of this festival is playing in the rain and mud and being with great friends.

Tomorrowland

When: July 2016 (exact date TBD)

Where: Boom, Belgium

What: Tomorrowland has been recognized to be one of the biggest electronic music festivals held in the world.  Over 350,00 people from around the world come to Boom, Belgium to dance to all the top and major DJ’s world wide.  This is one the festivals that you need to cross off your bucket list.

Mardi Gras

When: February 9, 2016

Where: New Orleans

What: AKA Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday is a carnival where you find people parading the streets with colorful mask and costumes while drinking lots of alcohol and woman flashing there boobs for beads.

Coachella

When: April 15, 2016 | April 22, 2016

Where: Indio, California

What: Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival features many different genre’s of music while camping with friends in the dessert and partying with Hollywood’s A list celebrities. Also, there is many displays of visual art and interactive pieces that provide a visual treat for everyone.

Boryeong Mud Festival

When: Jul 2016 (exact date TBD)

Where: Boryeong, South Korea

What: The Boryeong Mud Festival is the first mud festival that has brought millions to this town.  This event is held at Daecheon beach so when the event is over, you can jump into the ocean to rinse off.