A Year Full of Magical Events Across the World!
Probably the most colourful blog post I will ever write …
January - Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival - China
Wow - the largest snow and ice festival in the world with the largest ice sculptures in the world. You can quite literally get lost in a world of ice.
Check out China for yourself.
February - Rio Carnival - Brazil
The world famous Rio Carnival - I hardly feel it needs much introduction, the carnival has been parading since 1723 and doesn’t show any signs of stopping soon.
Check out Brazil for yourself.
March - Holi - India
A Hindu festival also known as the ‘festival of colour’. There is no way to escape the colour - and why would you want to? It is a festival to represent good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
Check out India for yourself.
April - Songkran - Thailand
The biggest water fight in the world, if you find yourself in Thailand during Songkran you will have to join in the water fight so make sure you choose your water weapon wisely, you will have water thrown at you by the young and old. It is a festival for the whole community.
Check out Thailand for yourself.
May - St Lucia Jazz Festival - St Lucia
A fantastic music festival, celebrating jazz, R&B and calypso music of international and local artists. It is definitely not one to be missed!
June - Glastonbury - England
From a small island in the Caribbean to a small island in Western Europe. Glastonbury. Arguably one of the most famous music festivals in the world, which has played host to some of the biggest names in music history. Rain & shine this is also one not to be missed.
July - Panafest - Ghana
A lovely festival to promote and enhance unity and all things Africa. Every two years there will be displays of theatre, drama, music, and poetry. If you find yourself in Ghana in July it could be the highlight of your visit.
Check out Ghana for yourself.
August - La Tomatina Festival - Spain
Water fights and food fights - we all just want the chance to act like children again. But seriously. How fun does this look? I imagine you might be looking and smelling like a tomato for a few days after this.
September - Burning Man - Nevada, US
A festival in the desert doesn’t sound like it would work. But it really does, and every year it is growing. An experiment in community and art there will be amazing weird and wonderful designs that will leave you dazzled.
October - Oktoberfest - Germany
Over 6 million people from all over the world are thought to head to Munich for Oktoberfest and it has been such a success that cities all across the world are replicating the Munich festival.
Check out Germany for yourself.
November - Diwali - India
The festival of lights - for a whole month (if you can believe it possible) India becomes even more vibrant and colourful. Lights, feasts and fireworks - if you are planning a trip to India then plan it during Diwali and you will not be disappointed.
Check out India for yourself.
December - New Years Eve - Australia
Celebrations for New Year happen worldwide but one of the most famous celebrations must be that of Sydney. It should be on everybody’s bucket list to watch the fireworks over Sydney Harbour for New Year.
Check out Australia for yourself.
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