One of the best aspects about the human culture is how social we are as creatures. We come together to celebrate some of the simplest notions, even that of being a mother.
Festivals have been around for as long back as we can trace civilization as a means to celebrate different facets of society. From complex celebrations surrounding astrological findings to simple gatherings celebrating the food that brings the community nourishment, festivals come in every shape and size.
From fantastic light displays, to intricate dance steps, to huge feasts that feed large armies of people, festivals are sure to dazzle and impress any onlooker. There are easily more festivals in the world than can be visited during any one person’s life span, so here is a list of 12 global festivals that are not to be missed, one for every month of the year!
January: Snow & Ice Festival in Harbin, China (January 5th to February 5th)
If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing an ice sculpture of the Sphinx, this festival is for you.
February: Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (February to March)
From flashy colors, to wild parties, this festival draws millions of people to Brazil each year to dance until they drop.
March: Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, Ireland
There are events celebrating this day all around the world, but celebrating at its source is the ideal!
April: Coachella in Indio, California
Arguably one of the most well known music festivals in the United States, Coachella hosts some of the largest acts and celebrities alike.
May: Floating Lights Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii
This festival marks Hawaii’s memorial day celebrations by setting off thousands of floating lanterns to honor loved ones and give hope to the future.
June: Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, UK
Held on a dairy farm in rural UK, this music festival sells out in a few minutes and features some of the biggest acts in the world.
July: Boryeong Mud Festival in Boryeong, South Korea
A festival about mud? A popular cosmetic company actually started the festival as a marketing ploy for their new product containing actual mud from the area and it took off.
August: La Tomatina in Buñol. Spain
If throwing tomatoes at random strangers is your dream don’t miss this festival celebrating that exact action.
September: Cascamorras in Baza, Spain
Locals cover themselves in grease to reenact the stealing of a famous statue, but then a massive party ensues.
October: Ocktoberfest in Munich, Germany
If you are a beer lover, don’t miss this festival celebrating that hoppy libation drawing millions to Munich each year.
November: Dia de los Muertos in Mexico City, Mexico
Celebrated on November 1st, this day puts Halloween to shame in Mexico.
December: Winter Light Festival, in Nabana No Sato, Japan
The festival takes place in a flower park and has a famous tunnel of lights that is perfect for any Instagram photo.