Top 5 Best Festivals Throughout the World
Every year there is an abundance of festivals throughout the world celebrating our unique cultures, heritages, foods, arts, and even religions. They bring communities and cultures together to show us unique perspectives on life and the arts. To help determine which ones to attend, we tried to compile a list of Best Festivals based upon general criteria such as parades, music/band processions, the arts (dance, poetry, choreography) costumes, etc. but as the last two on our list show that is not possible as those are the most popular.
#1. Berlin Festival, Flughafen Templof, the air bridge, September 5-7.
Nominated for ‘Best European Festival Line-up’ and ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’, this festival hails itself as 48 non-stop dynamic hours of audible and visual stimulation. Set in an aircraft hangar it boasts two separate stages, one dedicated to art and the other to music, and over forty acts. Various musical genres, graffiti art, poetry will be showcased, as well as, multiple contests with prizes for both young and old artists!
Tickets can be bought for one day or 48 hours and range from 44 to 79.
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#2. Mardi Gras, New Orleans Louisiana, Fat Tuesday February 17
A free event that stretches over for an entire month but has its unofficial start and biggest celebration days between Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. This season of celebration hosts a plethora of rowdy and raucous parades led by kings and queens and followed by Cajun bands and marchers in lavish costumes. While the majority of this month long party is a playground for adults and definitely not for children or families, more and more select venues are toning it down specifically for kids. Although before you make any plans check with the venue.
Due to Easter falling on different dates each year, Fat Tuesday falls on a different date each year.
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#3. Carnival, Brazil, runs from February 28-March 8 in various cities throughout Brazil, but Rio de Jeneiro is most popular
This long event that spans the forty days leading up to Easter is a colorful procession of parades, costumes, balls, cuisine, and music, arts, and dance. A bright and dynamic mix of the arts showcasing the unique heritage, culture, and vitality of South America. While multiple cities host a Carnival but the most famous, biggest, loudest, and most colorful is in Rio. Thought of by some as Brazil’s Mardi Gras. Tickets vary in price for parades and balls and which on nights, but for a the approximate price for a seat along the parade route will run between 45 and 260 dollars.
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#4. Kanamara Matsuri, Kawasaki, Japan
This is a full-fledged celebration of fertility, particularly the penis. Japanese cultures deems the penis as the ultimate ‘giver of life’ and therefore should be celebrated with all things phallic shaped. Transvestite’s parade around the streets carrying large inflatable penises, even Japanese children get in on the fun! Every year this festival is one of the worlds largest with art, music, and even vendor’s food shapes being molded to fit the phallic and sex image. Monies raised through this festival go to support various types of research.
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#5. Semana Santa, Guatemala, multiple religious festivals throughout the year
This is just one of the free festivals and events held yearly in Guatemala to celebrate religion. This religious festival re-creates the last days of Jesus; complete with saints, disciples, John the Baptist, Mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene, Pontius Pilate, and Roman officers. For one day lavish parades of towering statutes slowly roll down the streets guided and followed by the faithful in search of a religious experience. It is a means of showing extreme gratitude, faith, and loyalty.
Guatemala hosts many free religious based festivals throughout the year. Everything from the Immaculate Conception to The Day of the Dead is celebrated:
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