1. The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Known to the locals as The Festival
of San Fermin，this internationally recognized event has grown massively
since its believed origins back in the 13th century, and now attracts tens of thousands who wish to run with the bulls.
The running of the bulls allegedly
originated from men using fear and excitement to hurry the process of taking cattle
to market, although this quickly turned into a competition
amongst them. Nowadays though the event is a lot more organized, in fact thousands now run through a barricaded
course being chased by a thundering herd
2. The Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
The Burning Man is an annual event which places emphasis
on community, creativity and self-reliance
. The community turn up and create ‘Black Rock City’ which lasts for one week, after that the ‘citizens’ are proud to depart
without a trace.
The community welcomes all newcomers with open arms. Their ethos
believes that the more active the participant is the more they will gain from the event.
This is a surreal phenomenon
which sees the birth of a city and community, in a peculiar
location, only to be returned to its original form just seven days later. This festival is all about the experience and to truly benefit from it you must throw yourself wholeheartedly
3. The Festival of Light in Amritsar, Punjab, India
The Festival of Light, Diwali to the indigenous
people, marks the commencement
of the New Year for Hindus
. This five day festival celebrates good over evil, light over dark. Each day of the festival brings its own meaning. The third day is where the ‘Festival of Light’ title has emerged as lamps and candles are lit, and fireworks are set off. Traditionally gifts are exchanged between the nearest and dearest.
4. Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, China
The Chinese New Year is a lively affair where millions fill the streets to celebrate peace and happiness. It generally starts with a banquet
which includes significant dishes, for instanceprawns
represents liveliness and happiness, whilst traditionally red clothing is also worn as this is intended to warn off any evil spirits.
In Hong Kong a spectacular
fireworks display lights up the evening sky, and for New Years Day there are floats and traditional performers complimented by music and dragon dancers.
5. Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan, Thailand
Haad Rin Beach is located in Koh Phangan, and has earned its reputation
as the hot spot for hedonistic
nightlife in Thailand, due to the fact that a party is held every time there’s a full moon. It is rumored
that the Full Moon Party tradition started with a local throwing a farewell party for his Australian friend.
It proved to be such a popular concept that it now attracts anything from 8,000 to 30,000 party-goers every month. This is hardly surprising due to the white sandy beach setting, alcohol
by the bucket
and an amicable
attitude shared by all.
6. Boryeong’s Mud Festival on Daecheon Beach, South Korea
The Mud Festival in Boryeong, on Daecheon Beach, is an event which allows the most mature
person to embrace
their inner child. This festival encourages smearing
mud all over yourself.
The participants claim that the mud contains important minerals
which reduce wrinkles
and remove excess
oils. Also, as any of you spa regulars will know, mud baths enhance blood circulation
and encourage fresh skin growth.
There are competitive events including mud body painting, mud beauty contests and mud sculptures
7. New Year Celebrations in Sydney Harbour, Australia
Possibly the best place to see in the New Year, the world famous fireworks display from the Sydney Harbour Bridge is now an iconic
view just as much as the opera house that sits opposite.
The energetic personalities of the Australians, coupled with a great setting and climate, ensure you have the best New Year party possible. The crowds on the shore give the evening a electrifying atmosphere, however if you want to get a different perspective
consider spending the evening on the water, with boats to hire or cruises
to indulge in you can have a truly memorable occasion and get away from the crowded shoreline.
8. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Rio Carnival has become synonymous
with Brazil. Our perception of Brazilians seem to stem
from this energetic, free-spirited parade. The colorful event is celebrated all over the country but Rio’s remains the biggest and most spectacular.
With the famous parades displaying a spectacular array
of shapes and colors, the beat and energy of this event naturally encourages anyone who attends to throw themselves full-heartedly into the spirit of the Carnival
. Recently voted the happiest city, it is easy to see why the people of Rio de Janeiro hold the most vibrant
and famous of carnivals.
9. Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Fringe Festival has had a history of finding the comedians
of the future. Many of the current British stars have emerged through the festival which has a knack
for discovering and promoting fresh talent.
During this time the city is rife with street acts and performers. It is an energetic place that is guaranteed to excite.
As for the Scottish people, they are friendly and hearty, and have an affinity
for good humor and alcohol, two of the main themes of the festival.
10.Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest is possibly the most famous beer festival in the world. The festival is the world’s largest fair, with over 6 million visitors attracted to the beer tents every year.
But it is more than just large quantities of Bavarian
and beer halls，whilst Munich offers the famous steins
and German sausages
, the true enjoyment factor comes from the generous German hospitality
. Sitting amongst the locals you can chat and sing along to traditional German songs, all performed by Oompha Bands who perform to a crowd of thousands of happy drinkers, who in return cheer them on.