1. The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, brazil
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio.
2. Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Thailand
Loi Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as Yi Peng. Yi means “two” and peng means a “full moon day”. Yi Peng refers to the full moon day of the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar.
3. Snow & Ice Festival, China
The festival originated in Harbin’s traditional ice lantern show and garden party that takes place in winter, which began in 1963. It was interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution, but has since been resumed when an annual event at Zhaolin Park was announced on January 5 in 1985. In 2001, the Harbin Ice Festival was merged with Heilongjiang’s International Ski Festival and got its new formal name, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
3. Holi Color Festival, India
Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love. Holi is a two-day festival which starts on the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Bikram Sambat Hindu Calendar month of Falgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.
4. Kobe Luminarie, Japan
Kobe Luminarie is a light festival held in Kobe, Japan, every December since 1995 to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake of that year. The lights were donated by the Italian Government and the installation itself is produced by Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka. Over 200,000 individually hand painted lights are lit each year with electricity generated from biomass in order to stay environmentally friendly.
5. Floating Lanterns Festival In Honolulu, Hawaii (USA)
Memorial Day in America is a day when people remember and honor those who have fallen in service to their country. In Hawai‘i, with its diverse population, traditions become easily adopted and assimilated into its rich cultural fabric. It is the norm for people in Hawai‘i, on Memorial Day, to place flowers and offerings on gravesites of loved ones who served their country as well as those of others who have passed away.
6. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, USA
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the USA during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event and has over 500 balloons each year. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. The Balloon Fiesta began in 1972 as the highlight of a 50th birthday celebration for 770 KOB Radio. Radio station manager Dick McKee asked Sid Cutter, owner of Cutter Flying Service and the first person to own a hot air balloon in New Mexico if KOB could use his new hot-air balloon as part of the festivities.
7. Jaipur Elephant Festival, India
Elephant Festival is a festival celebrated in Jaipur city in Rajasthan state in India. It is held on the day of Holi festival, usually in the month of March. The festival features Elephant polo and Elephant Dance. The Elephant Festival is considered one of the most popular and celebrated events in the city of Jaipur. Since the festival was introduced, the ceremony has managed to attract a variety of outsiders to the festive event. Elephants symbolize royalty according to the traditions of Rajasthan. The Elephant is also believed to be associated with Buddha and Jainism. In fact, the elephant itself has a historical significance in Indian traditions.
8. La Tomatina Festival, Spain
La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain 30 km / 19 miles from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945, It has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
9. Monkey Buffet Festival, Thailand
The ‘Monkey Buffet Festival’ is held annually in Lopburi, Thailand. In 2007, the festival included giving fruits and vegetables to the local monkey population of 2,000 in Lopburi Province north of Bangkok. The festival was described as one of the strangest festivals by London’s Guardian newspaper along with Spain’s baby-jumping festival.
10. Running of the Bulls, Spain
The most famous running of the bulls is the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honor of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, although they are also traditionally held in other places such as towns and villages across Spain, Portugal, in some cities in Mexico, and southern France during the summer.