There is no better time to visit a foreign country than when a festival is underway. You will get to experience the local culture to its fullest; with music, food, traditions and much more! So if you are looking for the perfect excuse to plan your trip abroad, treat yourself by going during one of these remarkable festivals around the world.
1. Lantern Festival-Pingxi, Taiwan
The Taiwan Lantern Festival offers visitors with the view of a lifetime, as the dark sky is filled with thousands of illuminated lanterns. The Taiwan Lantern Festival was originally celebrated to ward off evil spirits; today those partaking in the festivities decorate their lanterns with their wishes and hopes for the future.
2. Carnaval-Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Carnaval is celebrated all across Brazil before the Easter Lent every year. This five day celebration brings in over 1 million people to the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Carnaval is filled with rich culture including upbeat live music, mesmerizing dancers, vibrant art and decedent floats that will leave you in awe.
3. Dia de los Muertos-Mexico
Day of the Dead is an extremely spiritual festival, as its purpose is to honor and remember the departed souls. This festival has been going on for over a hundred years and brings in more and more people every year. Festival goers dress in beautiful traditional clothing with their faces painted as sugar skulls as they visit the graves of deceased family and friends. People participating in the day of the dead festival go all out, as they decorate the graves of their deceased family and friends by bring mass amounts of foods, beverages, sugar skulls, marigolds and any other favorites of the deceased that they are honoring.
4. International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival-Harbin, China
Visit Harbin, China during the month of January and you will feel like you are in another world. The International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is the largest ice and snow festival in the world. Its month long festivities over take the city with amazing ice and snow sculptures ranging up to 20ft tall.
5. La Tomatina- Bunol, Spain
La Tomatina is one of the most unique festivals you can find. It is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August by throwing ripe squashed tomatoes at each other. The tradition began in 1945 after a market stall of vegetable fell on a crowd of people at a parade, where they then started throwing vegetables at each other. The following years, people starting bringing tomatoes from home to throw and from there La Tomatina was born. As crazy as this festival may sound it is one of the largest and certainly one of the most fun festivals in the world, bringing in tomato throwers from all over the world.