Must-Attend Festivals in 2021
Festivals. A place where people looking to have a great time can dance, listen to great music, celebrate, party, have fun, and relax. They happen all over the world for many different reasons. Some celebrate religion, some the new year, some art, some the harvest or the full moon — whatever the reason, every month, somewhere in the world, you’ll find people descending on a location to celebrate and share a common experience.
Now, if you don’t like crowds then these events probably aren’t for you. But if you feel like getting wet, dirty, staying up late, dancing, or just want to enjoy the energy of tens of thousands of people, check out some of these festivals:
Holi is a Hindu holiday celebrated after the full moon in early March and glorifies the good harvest and fertility of the land. In addition, Holi also celebrates the triumph of good over evil, at least according to a legend associated with Lord Krishna. Holi can last for 16 days, depending on where in the world you celebrate it. There is music, food and of course, throwing paint at each other. For the most traditional Holi experience, visit the temple cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in India. However, you can celebrate Holi anywhere in the world with a vibrant Indian community.
St. Patrick's Day (March)
St. Patrick's Day can be celebrated around the world, but nowhere does Ireland's patron saint pay better tribute than Dubliners. The holiday is a multi-day festival that is more than just drinking its weight in Guinness (although it is certainly an important element). Walk around the city in all your green attire, watch the parade, and then spend the night away in a casual bar with some locals. If you are a good party fan, this is not to be missed!
The Thai New Year is one of the funniest events I've ever been to. For three days, Thailand basically closes for the party. Songkran is a three-day water battle that surrounds the whole country, you cannot walk without getting wet for two seconds from your house. No one is safe. Young and old alike participate and there is nothing that a little old lady says sorry and then dump a bucket of cold water on you. The funniest I ever rode in tuk-tuk and had a mobile water fight with the guys in the lane.
Bay to Breaker (May)
The Bay to Breakers is an annual walk that takes place on the third Sunday of May in San Francisco, California. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race is a madrasa event in the city. The entire course is 7.46 miles long. On the way there is more of an excuse to drink and dress in strange costumes. It is a very big event and it is like a party moving from the foot. Also, expect to see lots of people in the nude. Registration is required and starts at $ 69, but most people party around the city and watch the racers! You do not need to register to join
Fez Festival of World Sacred Music (May / June)
This huge music festival is held in Morocco. It was started in 1994 and was designed to bridge gaps between cultures and bring people of different faiths together. Although it is not a festival in everyone's list, if you are interested in religion and music it is one of the largest festivals on the continent.
Every summer in June, Pilton, England becomes the stage for one of the largest music festivals in the world. Glastonbury is best known for its contemporary music, but it also has dance, comedy, theater, circus, cabaret and many other arts. Around 150,000 people visit the region for a few days of music, mud and mayhem. The fields turn into giant tent cities as everyone camps outside to have some fun!
Swedish Midsummer (June)
Like the world, the swades are streamlined, so Midsummer Eve is always a Friday between June 19 and 25. People often start the day by picking flowers and laying wreaths, which is a major component in the celebration. Local swades go out in nature, dance around a maypole, eat lots of fish, drink lots of beer, and stay upstairs to enjoy the longest day of the year. After all, the sun does not set until about midnight. (Swords is also a good festival to celebrate spring.)
La Tomatina (August)
For an hour, 20,000 people join a tomato battle in Banol, Spain, during the last Wednesday of August. Tens of thousands of participants come from all over the world to fight in this huge food fight. The whistle blows and the tomatoes of La Tomatina blow away. It's fun, it's dirty, it's a food fight that we all watch as a child. Just make sure to bring some goggles! When you have a tomato filler, you get swept away in the river and then join a dance party in the city where the sangria and food flow!
Burning Man (August)
In late August, thousands of people head out for a 6-day alternative life in the Nevada desert. Burning Man turns out to be Auntie, the substitute and the freak. In this crucible of creativity, everyone is welcome. It is 6 days of camping (bring lots of water!), Art and music. Finally, a huge wooden man is set on fire (hence the name). It is one of the most popular events all over the world and the participants as "burners" are actually known in the event. This festival is part social experiment. And if you can't make it in Nevada, there are mini-barns around the world too!
Although in fact this two-week Beer Festival in Munich in September attracts people from all over the world with its beer halls, lederhosen, giant steppins of beer and giant pretzels. Over 6 million people visit Munich each year during the two-week festival, making it a literal non-stop party! No one I know lasted two whole weeks but the 3 or 4 days you are going to be the hardest day of your life.
Dead Day (November)
Carnival-Esche Day of the Dead is one of the world's most familiar festivals, with paper mache skeletons and candy skulls. Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is not the Mexican version of Halloween. Participants dedicate a day to cleaning their family's graves, decorating them with candles and flowers, having a picnic, and dancing on the band of bands. It is a strange combination of remembrance and celebration. It is a festival that celebrates life and honor for deceased family members. It is beautiful, festive and fun.
New Year's Eve celebrations take place around the world, but some places visit Edinburgh and its Hogenay festivals. I've been to a lot of celebrations and celebrations around the world, and Hogmanay is one of the funniest parties I've ever been to. Each December, more than 100,000 people participate in the two-day celebration. Hogman includes a Viking procession (similar to Hailey AA above), bonfires, fireworks, concerts and a huge carnival. It is nonstop fun. It is crowded and you have to buy tickets for the show.