From Nevada to Nepal: The World's Craziest Festivals

Published June 7th, 2018 - 09:24 GMT

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Let’s be honest, traveling the world is only as fun as the exciting adventures you embark on, and the new experiences you discover, along the way.

No matter where you go around the globe, everybody loves to celebrate. Whether it’s the arts and culture, food and wine, holidays, or faith. Continue reading below »

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HOLI FESTIVAL (INDIA, NEPAL)
Holi is undeniably one of the biggest religious festivals around the world. Dubbed the Festival of Colors, Holi is a springtime celebration of all things good prevailing over evil (Shutterstock)
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Image 1 of 10:  1 / 10HOLI FESTIVAL (INDIA, NEPAL) Holi is undeniably one of the biggest religious festivals around the world. Dubbed the Festival of Colors, Holi is a springtime celebration of all things good prevailing over evil (Shutterstock)

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BURNING MAN (BLACK ROCK DESERT, NEVADA)
Burning Man started in 1986. The festival is now an arty, apocalyptic paean to the wonder of self-expression, attracting a tight-knit community of bohemians and misfits from all around the world (boredpand)
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Image 2 of 10:  2 / 10BURNING MAN (BLACK ROCK DESERT, NEVADA) Burning Man started in 1986. The festival is now an arty, apocalyptic paean to the wonder of self-expression, attracting a tight-knit community of bohemians and misfits from all around the world (boredpand)

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CARNIVAL  (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL)
Arguably the world’s biggest festival, Brazil’s Carnival is widely considered the greatest show on Earth (Shutterstock)
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Image 3 of 10:  3 / 10CARNIVAL (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) Arguably the world’s biggest festival, Brazil’s Carnival is widely considered the greatest show on Earth (Shutterstock)

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LA TOMATINA  (VALENCIA, SPAIN)
Launched way back in 1945, La Tomatina is one of the oldest festivals on our list. It’s also easily the messiest, coming off like the world’s biggest food fight (Twitter)
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Image 4 of 10:  4 / 10LA TOMATINA (VALENCIA, SPAIN) Launched way back in 1945, La Tomatina is one of the oldest festivals on our list. It’s also easily the messiest, coming off like the world’s biggest food fight (Twitter)

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY (IRELAND) 
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held every year on March 17th to mark the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint Saint Patrick. The day also commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland  (Shutterstock)
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Image 5 of 10:  5 / 10ST. PATRICK'S DAY (IRELAND) Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held every year on March 17th to mark the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint Saint Patrick. The day also commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland (Shutterstock)

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Yi PENG FESTIVAL: LANTER FESTIVAL (THAILAND) 
Yi Peng is celebrated all over Thailand. Festivities include a parade, live music and dance shows, handicraft sessions, and releasing lanterns into the night sky (Shutterstock)
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Image 6 of 10:  6 / 10Yi PENG FESTIVAL: LANTER FESTIVAL (THAILAND) Yi Peng is celebrated all over Thailand. Festivities include a parade, live music and dance shows, handicraft sessions, and releasing lanterns into the night sky (Shutterstock)

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MEVLÂNA FESTIVAL (KONYA, TURKEY)
Commonly referred as the Whirling Dervish Festival, this annual event commemorates the death of 13th century saint Mevlâna, who’s more commonly known as Rumi (Shutterstock)
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Image 7 of 10:  7 / 10MEVLÂNA FESTIVAL (KONYA, TURKEY) Commonly referred as the Whirling Dervish Festival, this annual event commemorates the death of 13th century saint Mevlâna, who’s more commonly known as Rumi (Shutterstock)

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CARNIVAL OF VENICE
Carnevale di Venezia or Venice Carnival dates all the way back to the 11th century, but came to international acclaim in the 18th century (Shutterstock)
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Image 8 of 10:  8 / 10CARNIVAL OF VENICE Carnevale di Venezia or Venice Carnival dates all the way back to the 11th century, but came to international acclaim in the 18th century (Shutterstock)

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OKTOBERFEST (GERMANY)
Oktoberfest brings together aspects of a rich local culture, history, fun and games, good food and great beer  (Shutterstock)
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Image 9 of 10:  9 / 10OKTOBERFEST (GERMANY) Oktoberfest brings together aspects of a rich local culture, history, fun and games, good food and great beer (Shutterstock)

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (MEXICO)
Mexicans bring bright colors, jovial attitudes and rich traditions to celebrate their dearly departed by creating beautiful altars (Shutterstock)
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Image 10 of 10:  10 / 10DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (MEXICO) Mexicans bring bright colors, jovial attitudes and rich traditions to celebrate their dearly departed by creating beautiful altars (Shutterstock)

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HOLI FESTIVAL (INDIA, NEPAL)
Holi is undeniably one of the biggest religious festivals around the world. Dubbed the Festival of Colors, Holi is a springtime celebration of all things good prevailing over evil (Shutterstock)

Image 1 of 10HOLI FESTIVAL (INDIA, NEPAL) Holi is undeniably one of the biggest religious festivals around the world. Dubbed the Festival of Colors, Holi is a springtime celebration of all things good prevailing over evil (Shutterstock)

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BURNING MAN (BLACK ROCK DESERT, NEVADA)
Burning Man started in 1986. The festival is now an arty, apocalyptic paean to the wonder of self-expression, attracting a tight-knit community of bohemians and misfits from all around the world (boredpand)

Image 2 of 10BURNING MAN (BLACK ROCK DESERT, NEVADA) Burning Man started in 1986. The festival is now an arty, apocalyptic paean to the wonder of self-expression, attracting a tight-knit community of bohemians and misfits from all around the world (boredpand)

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CARNIVAL  (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL)
Arguably the world’s biggest festival, Brazil’s Carnival is widely considered the greatest show on Earth (Shutterstock)

Image 3 of 10CARNIVAL (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) Arguably the world’s biggest festival, Brazil’s Carnival is widely considered the greatest show on Earth (Shutterstock)

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LA TOMATINA  (VALENCIA, SPAIN)
Launched way back in 1945, La Tomatina is one of the oldest festivals on our list. It’s also easily the messiest, coming off like the world’s biggest food fight (Twitter)

Image 4 of 10LA TOMATINA (VALENCIA, SPAIN) Launched way back in 1945, La Tomatina is one of the oldest festivals on our list. It’s also easily the messiest, coming off like the world’s biggest food fight (Twitter)

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY (IRELAND) 
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held every year on March 17th to mark the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint Saint Patrick. The day also commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland  (Shutterstock)

Image 5 of 10ST. PATRICK'S DAY (IRELAND) Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held every year on March 17th to mark the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint Saint Patrick. The day also commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland (Shutterstock)

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Yi PENG FESTIVAL: LANTER FESTIVAL (THAILAND) 
Yi Peng is celebrated all over Thailand. Festivities include a parade, live music and dance shows, handicraft sessions, and releasing lanterns into the night sky (Shutterstock)

Image 6 of 10Yi PENG FESTIVAL: LANTER FESTIVAL (THAILAND) Yi Peng is celebrated all over Thailand. Festivities include a parade, live music and dance shows, handicraft sessions, and releasing lanterns into the night sky (Shutterstock)

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MEVLÂNA FESTIVAL (KONYA, TURKEY)
Commonly referred as the Whirling Dervish Festival, this annual event commemorates the death of 13th century saint Mevlâna, who’s more commonly known as Rumi (Shutterstock)

Image 7 of 10MEVLÂNA FESTIVAL (KONYA, TURKEY) Commonly referred as the Whirling Dervish Festival, this annual event commemorates the death of 13th century saint Mevlâna, who’s more commonly known as Rumi (Shutterstock)

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CARNIVAL OF VENICE
Carnevale di Venezia or Venice Carnival dates all the way back to the 11th century, but came to international acclaim in the 18th century (Shutterstock)

Image 8 of 10CARNIVAL OF VENICE Carnevale di Venezia or Venice Carnival dates all the way back to the 11th century, but came to international acclaim in the 18th century (Shutterstock)

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OKTOBERFEST (GERMANY)
Oktoberfest brings together aspects of a rich local culture, history, fun and games, good food and great beer  (Shutterstock)

Image 9 of 10OKTOBERFEST (GERMANY) Oktoberfest brings together aspects of a rich local culture, history, fun and games, good food and great beer (Shutterstock)

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (MEXICO)
Mexicans bring bright colors, jovial attitudes and rich traditions to celebrate their dearly departed by creating beautiful altars (Shutterstock)

Image 10 of 10DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (MEXICO) Mexicans bring bright colors, jovial attitudes and rich traditions to celebrate their dearly departed by creating beautiful altars (Shutterstock)

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