Festivals, festivals, festivals, they make the world go round as people enjoy and celebrate together. Regardless of your country of origin or your culture, and regardless of your holiday destination of your choice, there are always festivals that the locals enjoy. One thing though that is for sure is the fact that there are always some similarities in festivals throughout the world. Probably it is a common love of food, probably a rich history of myth and folklore, or it is simply the pure love of festivals. There is no culture in the world that does not enjoy some fun party time.
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With that being said, there are some festivals that are famous throughout the world, and fans will always head on to the countries represented just to take part in the festivals. Here are some of the most interesting festivals around the world that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.
USA – The Burning Man
This is a very interesting festival which lasts an entire week before Labor Day is celebrated in the US. This often starts from the last Monday of August to the First Monday of September when Labor Day is marked. The festival is always hosted in Northern Nevada, in the Black Rock Desert. The highlight of the festival is the burning of an effigy of a human being after participants, most of whom are always performing artists, would take part in radical forms of community and self-expression.
Spain – La Tomatina
This is a food festival, and trust Spain to take it to a whole new level. The festival is normally hosted in the town of Buñol. Unlike other food festivals where food is eaten, this festival sees to the fact that food is thrown away. The festival is normally hosted in the last Wednesday of the Month of August. People would gather around a pole (with a ham over it) and which is oiled with animal fat. The highlight is to try and climb on the pole in an effort to knock down the ham.
England – Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake
This is a festival celebrated during the month of May, in the last Monday, and is hosted on Cooper’s Hill. The festival takes place exactly as the name suggests, semi-hard cheese is rolled by participants down Cooper’s Hill. It is more of a race participants chase down the rolling cheese and whoever crosses the finish line first wins the cheese.
India – Holi
This is a religious festival celebrated not only in India but also in Sri Lanka and Nepal. It is hosted on the last day when the full moon is cited which either could be during February or March. The highlight of the festival is participants throwing colored water and powders at each other. These powders have some traditional meaning and were originally extracted from medicinal plants.
[update 2011-12-01 & 2012-03-22 by `rolandinsh`]
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Thailand – The Songkran Festival
This is the New Year’s celebration in Thailand, which is celebrated from 13th April all through to 15th April. This is a very important festival that defines Thai’s culture and identity, and it attracts thousands of foreigners each year. This festival is celebrated in two main ways, but the theme is the same… use of water. First and foremost, there are those who would prefer to chase each other on the streets with containers or water guns. The other lot would prefer to stand along the road and wait to splash on passersby with garden horses. Luckily, the festival takes place during the hottest month in Thailand.