(Last Updated On: December 29, 2016)

Every country, in fact every city, has its own way of celebrating festivals. Be it something as common as birthday, New Year, or Christmas, or something as unique as la tomatina, Holi, or Bolas de Fuego, festivals are celebrated in a unique and a “beautiful” manner.

If you are some who would love some quirkiness, colour, and chaos, you must visit the countries when they are celebrating their signature festival. Be it music festival or a martial arts festival, as a traveller, you will be bound to enjoy the festival and the happiness that it spreads around. We have compiled a list of festivals that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

  1. Holi, Vrindavan, India

holi

It’s Holi and you haven’t visited Vrindavan? It’s time to pack your bags for next Holi and go to Vrindavan. The festival of colours celebrated grandly in India, Holi is something that must be enjoyed in the holy town of Vrindavan. The Hindu spring festival of India and Nepal falls in the month of March every year. Celebrated on the full moon day, this festival is something that will definitely ruin your clothes but fill your hearts with love and your mind with lot of sweet memories.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Agra from New Delhi at just INR 3,523.

  1. Pamplona Bull Run, Spain

bull

Remember the final Bull Run from Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara? Well, no matter if you want to run in front of the bull with guts like three protagonists or not, you can very well visit Spain to witness this amazing festival. One of the most popular events in Spain, this festival happens in every July.  Well, if you are 18 or above and can be sober for one full day, go ahead and book your tickets to Spain for the month of July.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Madrid from New Delhi at INR 24,702.

  1. Konaki Sumo, Japan

sumo

Every April, Sumo wrestlers hold babies in their hands and face off each other to see whose babies cry first. Well, this is what we call taking quirkiness to a whole new level, isn’t it? If funny festivals, Sumo Wrestlers, and lots of babies are your kind of thing, then yes, Konaki Sumo fest is something that is designed perfectly to suit you.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Osaka from New Delhi at INR 23,103.

  1. Bolas de Fuego, San Salvador

bolas_de_fuego

While half of us are still afraid to light that hydrogen bomb for Diwali, miles away in San Salvador, people celebrate Bolas de Fuego – where they throw flaming rags at one another. It is said that in early 20th century, Volcano erupted in this area and ruined a whole village, so every year since then the people of this town gather around and celebrate this festival.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Salvador from New Delhi at just INR 63,972.

  1. Burning Tar Barrel Festival, England

barrell

In the town of Devon, on the night of Guy Fawkes, men carry around barrels of tar which is burning. Huh, what is it with festival and fire?! Not sure why they do this every year, this ritual starts off with one man carrying a burning barrel of tar for a distance, and he will pass it on to the next person when he cannot bear it anymore.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at London from New Delhi at INR 29,399.

  1. Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

mud-fest

For all the people who prefer putting mud face packs, here is a chance to put mud body packs! Yay! Every summer, the people from Boryeong, South Korea gather around to fight in the mud. A festival that attracts a lot of international tourists, the mud festival was primarily intended to be a marketing stint for a cosmetics company. Well, there is mud, there is fight, and there is lots of fun. I am already waiting for summer to go here!

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Seoul from New Delhi at INR 20,056.

  1. Cheese Rolling Festival, England

cheeserolling-1

This is my, well our, kind of festival. Cheese rolling – bring it on!  Gloucester is the beautiful town that hosts this festival. Locals gather and chase a huge ball of cheese from the peak of Cooper’s hill. You might ask what the point here is… Well, if you reach the ground first (tumbling, not by down trekking), you get to keep the huge cheese – hmmm, sounds definitely worthy! Also, you already burn calories while tumbling so you can gorge the cheese as much as you like without any guilt.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at London from New Delhi at INR 29,399.

  1. La Tomatina, Spain

la-tomate

We mention about crazy festivals and not mention la tomatina? That could be a sin. No matter you love eating tomatoes or not, this festival is just a lot of fun. Celebrated in the August month of every year, this festival happens in the in the Valencian town of Buñol. Meant purely for entertainment purposes, people indulge in tomato fights. If you are thinking it is gonna be a bed of tomatoes, no, this can be quite a violent game like paintball.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Madrid from New Delhi at INR 24,702.

  1. Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, Spain

fiesta

Spain seems to have a lot of quirky festivals. This festival is also known as near death festival – and the people who had a near-death experience in the past 12 months lie down in the coffins and let them to be carried around. They say that this is a way of showing gratitude to the almighty for keeping them alive. Well, definitely not something that I would love to do, but can be interesting to watch though.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Madrid from New Delhi at INR 24,702.

  1. Kumbh Mela, Haridwar, India

kumbh

This festival happens locally in a few places in India. However, the biggest and the most famous one happen in Haridwar, India. This is a mass Hindu pilgrimage festival celebrated to show their faith in god. There are 4 places in which major Kumbh Mela happens and the one in Haridwar happens once in 12 years. The next one in Haridwar is gonna happen only in 2022. Considered as the “world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims,” this festival can be really crazy and chaotic as people tend to get lost in the crowd. The ultimatum here is to take a dip in the holy river of Ganges with the crowd.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Dehra Dun from New Delhi at just INR 1,628.

  1. Bali Spirit Festival, Bali

If you are planning to visit Bali, then plan it in the month of March. Firstly, it is a pleasant time in the spring season to visit Bali. Secondly, the spirit festival happens around this time. An international energy-charged event, this festival is all about Yoga, well-being, health, fitness, spa, and pampering one’s body and soul. Sounds interesting, right? So, March is the time for you to take that fun all girls’ trip that you were planning to take with your buddies. Go ahead and book your tickets right now to this fancy destination and enjoy.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Bali from Mumbai at just INR 18,549.

  1. International White Truffle Fair, Alba

white-truffle

Can you say no to truffles? Well, I can’t. If there is going to be a festival around truffles, then why not we give it a try? Truffles here, truffles there, truffles everywhere! This festival happens in the city of Alba in the month of October and showcases some of the best truffles ever in the world. I am already booking my tickets, what about you?

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Rome from New Delhi at just INR 24,702.

  1. Bunbury Festival, Ohio

Near the beautiful Ohio River, every year in the month of June we can witness the Bunbury Festival. A collaboration of fun, music, food, and party – this festival is something that any party person would love to attend. The festival goes on and on for three days and at the end you will be exhausted yet happy about all the fun you had.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Cleveland from New Delhi at INR 61,017.

  1. Rio Carnival, Brazil

 

rio-carnivalWe mention about festivals and not add Rio carnival to the list. How can that even be possible? One of the most interesting and famous festivals around the world is the Rio’s carnival. From Samba parade to food, from fun to party, Rio Carnival is just what you should do at least once in your lifetime. This festival happens in the months of February and March, and the Parade in this Rio carnival is spellbinding to watch.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Sao Paulo from New Delhi at INR 55,999.

  1. El Colacho, Castrillo de Murcia

el-colacho

This festival is also known as the baby jumping festival. While most people feel that this celebration is cringe worthy, it is actually interesting and quirky. The festival occurs every year on the feast of Corpus Christi in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia. Any newborn babies, who were born in the past year is placed on a mattress in the street. All the men of this town then take turns jumping over them.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Madrid from New Delhi at INR 24,702.

  1. Hadaka Matsuri, Japan

Hadaka_Matsuri_(-Naked_Festival-)_in_ Saidaiji,_Japan

What is with Japan and weird festivals? Anyway, this festival that happens in Japan actually dates back to few hundred years ago. Although this seems more like a “naked festival” where a lot of guys are running around in diapers, it’s actually considered to be fairly sacred by many people in Japan. Ha, what a strange ritual!

Interesting, isn’t it? Well, “to each his own” even if some of these festivals may make you think, “Uh, what?” visiting these places during these festivals can be an once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and leave to these fun destinations now to enjoy these lovely festivals.

How to reach:  Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Osaka from New Delhi at INR 23,103.