Top 10 Most Fun Festivals In the World

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Festivals are lively celebrations of life itself, filled with fun and frolic. The excitement in the air, the joy on people’s faces are just a few of the things that festivals bring to us. Different festivals have different reasons to be celebrated but they all have one thing in common : celebration to the fullest. There are numerous festivals celebrated in the world every year. Here is a list of the most fun festivals across the world!

1. Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival and is considered the biggest carnival with two million people per day, out on the streets. The typical Rio Carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from the numerous samba schools which are located in Rio. Street festivals are very common during the carnival and are highly populated by the locals. Elegance and extravagance (the main features of the Carnaval) are usually left behind, but music and dancing are still extremely common. Music is a major aspect of all parts of the carnival, as is dance. This is the most fun festival in the world, with its irresistible charm of colour,dance,music and extravagance!

2. Oktoberfest, Germany

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Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is an important part of Bavarian culture and is a 16-day long festival running from late September to the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people around the world attend the event every year! Large quantities of ‘Oktober Beer’ are consumed and visitors enjoy a mixture of attractions such as amusement rides,games as well as a wide variety of traditional food such as roast chicken, roast pork, ham hock etc. There has been a traditional festival opening since 1950: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktober Beer by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry “It’s tapped!” in German. You know where to be this October; the largest Volksfest ( People’s Fair) in the world!

3. Mardi Gras, New Orleans

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Mardi Gras is an annual carnival celebration in New Orleans, USA. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day; many days having several large parades! The largest and the most elaborate parades take place in the last five days of the season. There is no general theme for Mardi Gras. The official colours of Mardi Gras, however, are purple,green and gold. It is America’s biggest party and there is revelry throughout the carnival celebration!

4. Chinese New Year

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The Chinese New Year is an important traditional festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. At Chinese New Year celebrations, people wear red clothes and decorate with poems on red paper. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in similar custom. The New Year is the time for family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve. The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon; some of the lanterns may be works of art. The highlight of the lantern festival has to be the dragon, made of silk,paper and bamboo. It is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colourful beast through the streets. It is a festival filled with colourful activities!

5. La Tomatina Festival, Spain

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La Tomatina festival is a food fight festival held in Bunol, Spain. Thousands and thousands of people flock from different parts of the world to participate in the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where over a hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the street. The week long festival features music, dancing, parades and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants of the festival compete in a ‘paella’ cooking competition. Of course the food fight has certain rules which have to be followed. This is possibly the most organized food fight that you can come across! What’s more fun that throwing tomatoes at each other (with caution) and not getting into trouble for it?

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