Everywhere around the world people love to celebrate and let their hair down at a crazy party. Whether its culture or food, religion or art these festivals are the best celebration of the past and feeling connected in the present with thousands of strangers. If you are looking for your next bucket list festival check out the list.
1. Carnaval - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the world's largest party, this event attracts nearly 5 million people every year for lively music and dance. The festival takes place in February or March, over the 5 day period preceding the Catholic season of Lent. This crazy and colorful event sees over 70 samba schools compete in the carnival parade wearing elaborate, creative costumes for a cash prize and national fame.
2. La Tomatina- Valencia, Spain
Known as the worlds biggest food fight, La Tomatina is one of the oldest festivals and also one of the messiest. The food festival is held on the last Wednesday in August every year in the town of Bunol. Thousands of people gather together and over one hundred metric-tons of over ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.
3. Holi Festival- India
Known as the 'Festival of Color', this Hindu festival celebrates the end of winter and takes place between late February and mid March and lasts for one night. People fill water balloons and water guns and cover each other in an array of colorful powder. The festival welcomes everyone and is filled with music, dance, marching bands, food and drink.
4. Burning Man- Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Taking place on the last Sunday in August, Burning Man attracts a tight-knit community of misfits and bohemians. Not your usual festival, Burning Man is created entirely by its participants and a temporary city is created within the Black Rock Desert. Described as an experiment in community and art this unique event is unlike any other.
5. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival- Harbin, China
This one month long festival starts in early January and displays the largest ice sculptures in the world taking over the entire city. The two main exhibition areas are home to giant sculptures and illuminating full sized buildings made of ice. Other activities include alpine skiing, ice lantern exhibitions and for the more adventurous, swimming in the freezing lake waters.
6. Oktober Fest- Munich, Germany
Every September Wiesn park is filled with over 6 million people across two weeks celebrating the world largest folk and beer festival. Guests from all around the world dress in lederhosen or dirndl and participate in drinking, eating, music and dance. Along with the beer tents visitors can enjoy an abundance of amusement park rides, parades and other shows.
7. Tomorrowland- Boom, Belgium
One of the biggest music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland displays an array of electronic music, art and performance across 20 stages. Taking place over the last 2 weekends in July, each year presents a new theme with the best electronic music DJs.
8. Carnival of Venice- Venice, Italy
This traditional carnival dates back 900 years and takes place in the days leading up to Lent. This is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy with around 3 million attendees taking part in masquerade balls and parties. Entertainers, jugglers and bands also fill the streets and the canals are full of colorful boats.
9. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta- New Mexico, USA
This yearly festival takes place in early October and is the worlds largest hot air balloon festival. The event takes place over 9 days and sees around 750 colorful balloons throughout the sky. The balloons float above the city over the Sandia Mountains as dawn breaks each morning.
10 . Salon du Chocolat- Paris, France
The largest chocolate festival in the world takes place during the first week in November. The French festival features 200 chefs taking part in pastry and chocolate workshops, chocolate sculptures and even a chocolate fashion show.