From quaint street fairs to city-wide bacchanals, the best way to experience local culture, excitement and tradition when you travel to a foreign destination is to go during a festival. If there is one thing travelers should not be afraid is getting lost in otherworldly splendor, and what better way to visualize that then with these eye-popping world festivals.
Holi (Festival of Colors) – Hindu World
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Revelers get doused in multicolored powder to spread cheer and share joy.
Winter Light Festival – Kuwana City, Japan
With over seven million LED lights, the Nabana No Sato botanical garden celebrates winter in elegant style.
Carnevale – Venice, Italy
In 1162, the Republic of Venice was victorious against an attempted invasion. Today, the city still celebrates the victory with exquisite costumes.
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival – USA
The largest balloon festival in the world sees more than 750 hot air balloons assemble for nine days of festivities.
Burning Man – Nevada, USA
Burning Man is an annual event that celebrates a culture of creation and self-reliance. Artists build dozens of wonderful installations, while musicians entertain crowds in this pop-up city in the desert.
Lantern Festivals – Asia
The Lantern Festival celebrates the art of letting go by releasing hundreds of lanterns into the night sky for one magnificent spectacle.
The Sapporo Snow Festival – Japan
Every February, monolithic sculptures take over Odori Park, creating a winter wonderland unlike anything else in the world.
Electric Forest Music Festival – Rothbury, Michigan
The Electric Forest Festival is a four day music event which focuses on electronic and jam bands. Hosted in June, the surrounding environments and spectacular light shows blend together to create a surreal wilderness experience.