The world is a colorful place, filled with more people who like to have fun than those who mean us harm. If you don’t believe us, check out the exuberant festivals below. These festivals are filled with color, craziness and happiness and have a built a huge following over time. From lanterns in Thailand to colors in India and cuddly dogs in Scotland, these festivals offer every spectator a unique and unmatched experience.
Listed below are 4 amazing festivals which only have to be experienced in their home locations for knowing their true essence. And people from all around the world attend them, making them the most amazing, colorful and lively festivals on the face of planet Earth.
- La Tomatina Festival (Spain)
Held late in August, La Tomatina, held in Valencia, Spain is a festival in which participants get involved in tomato fights for fun. Spain is known for crazy festivals (bull fighting anyone?) and La Tomatina definitely lives adds to its reputation. It is the world’s largest food fighting festival where more than 40,000 enthusiasts descend on the tiny town of Buñol to attend this festival. Contrary to what people know however, this festival also holds magnificent parades, fireworks and cooking contests.
- Yi Peng Lantern Festival (Thailand)
Yi Peng (Yee Peng – local name) means 2nd month. This festival is one where lanterns are lighted and released into the sky and is held on the full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar. It is generally held in mid-late November and is said to end the misfortunes of a participant, especially if the flame goes out before the lantern disappears in the sky. There are 2 festivals, one being free and the other is a paid event for tourists, so check the dates before you embark on your journey. Since it is a Buddhist celebration, appropriate attire with shoulders and legs covered is required.
- Holi Color Festival (India)
Also known as the festival of color and love, Holi is one of the most popular festivals in South Asia. It is celebrated at the approach of the vernal equinox and typically comes in March. People celebrate by throwing water and color on each other, making the surroundings colorful and lively. It is said that Holi marks the beginning of summer in India and typically is the hottest day in the south Asian subcontinent. Recently, it has started spreading to parts of Europe and North America, though the celebrations are not in the same vein as in India.
- Golden Retriever Festival (Scotland)
If you are a dog lover, don’t miss the Golden Retriever Festival held in Scotland. Started in 2006 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland (GRCS), the event saw a record gathering of 222 dogs in 2014. As Huffington post says, it’s really a time to bask in the glory of all things golden retriever and the special bond so many families share with their canine pals. There is lots of fun, frolic, family photography and non-humans having the time of their lives. Add to that the lovely Scottish weather and there really is no other place you want to be in.
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So pack your bags and step out to see the beauty that is on display in the world. Experience various amazing festivals and interact with people there to get a taste of different cultures. Trust us, you will come back richer with experience and wisdom. After all, you only live once.