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10 Festivals You Do Not Want To Miss This Year

The New Year is well under way and you still don't know where to travel... If you are sick and tired of visiting th...

10 Festivals You Do Not Want To Miss This Year

The New Year is well under way and you still don't know where to travel... If you are sick and tired of visiting the same old places, now is the time to try something new. Visit any of the following annual festivals and treat yourself to an entertainment-guaranteed holiday.

 

Rio Carnival, Brazil

Put on your flashiest, most extravagant, feathered costume and head to the lavish carnival capital of the world--Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Known as a party nation, prepare to samba the nights away during this five-day celebration, which usually falls before the forty-day period of Easter/Lent.

 

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Carnival of Venice, Italy

Transport yourself to the mystical world of masks and glamour at the annual Venetian Carnival. Whip out your inner creativity in Venice, each year, at the beginning of Christian Easter/Lent.

 

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Mardi Gras, Sydney, Australia

Australia is one of the few countries in the world that supports the gay and lesbian community by holding the Mardi Gras Parade on March 3rd each year. Join the thousands of spectators who come together to witness the rainbow of colours and fancy wear moving down Sydney's famous Oxford Street.

 

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Holi-Festival of Colours, India

What better way to mark the end of an icy-cold winter than to welcome the upcoming spring with gushing light and colour, as is typical for the Festival of Colour, Holi, in India? This colourful festival is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima at the end of February, or early March.

 

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Lantern Festival, Taiwan

Watch as the sky transforms into a bowl of light created by thousands of lit paper lanterns flying in the air. You can check it out when the full moon appears in the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar. This year it is expected to be held on the 6th of November.

 

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Mexico

This is the largest balloon festival in the world, and shouldn't be missed. For nine days during the first full week of October, at the break of dawn, you can witness thousands of hot air balloons floating the skies in a rainbow of colours.

 

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Songkran Water Festival, Thailand

Thailand brings the most unique style of celebration, as people welcome the Thai New Year. If you don't mind getting a little wet, then head to the streets, where people roam about throwing buckets of water, or spraying water pistols at anyone in their vicinity. Just don't forget to bring your bucket along with you.

 

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La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain

If you have never been part of a food fight, then you'll love the food fighting festival held on the last Wednesday of August every year in Spain. Thousands of people gather in the streets of Bunol, engaging in tomato-throwing fights. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?

 

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Obon Festival, Japan

If lanterns in the sky are not enough for you, then visit Japan during its Obon festival, in the middle of July or August, when lanterns are placed to float in rivers, lakes and seas. The lanterns are believed to guide the spirits of loved ones who have passed...

 

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Chinese New Year Festival

If you like to see something different, then visiting China during the Chinese New Year should be on your menu. Also known as Lunar New Year, the festivities last for fifteen days, and each will keep you entertained with different customs and traditions to follow up on.

 

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