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Top 10 Best Cultural Festivals around the Globe

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The world is consists of an extremely diverse human population which, throughout the ages, has developed different cultural and political norms specific to their religion and beliefs. For those interested in various cultural miscellany, here are the 10 best cultural festivals that happen around the world

10. White Nights Festival – St. Petersburg, Russias-

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The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun. It consists of a sequence of classical ballet, opera as well as music events, includes performances by Russian singers, dancers musicians, actors and international guest stars.

9. Carnival of Venice – Venice, Italy-

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Carnival festivals happen across Europe and the Americas, leading out winter and welcoming the spring. The Carnival of Venice, Italy is the moment to none and in fact, Carnival’s roots can be found here as well. Venice provides a romantic, old-world, and at times spooky backdrop for festival goers decorated in traditional Venetian masks.

8. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival – Scotland-

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One of the most spectacular festivals in the world, Up Helly Aa Fire Festival takes place in the northern islands of Scotland. Commemorating Shetland’s Norse heritage, the festival features the torching of a huge replica of a Viking longship followed by 36 hours of general debauchery. The event features complicated costumes, skits and a number of other cultural performances.

7. Full Moon Party – Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand-

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The Full Moon Party tradition started in 1985 by a few tourists and it is celebrated by crowds of more than 30,000 people every full moon evening. This event organized every month on a full moon night. There is a wide range of music trance, drum and bass, reggae and you will also see fire skipping ropes, poi dancers etc.

6. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-

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The Greatest Show on Earth’ by locals, Carnival in Rio is one of the biggest and most popular dance parties in the world.  The first festivals of Rio date back to 1823. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revellers, floats and decorations from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio.

5. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany-


One of the most widely recognized German festivals, Oktoberfest occurs each September in Munich and is essentially an enormous celebration of food and beer. While there is a slew of other activities and vendors to check out, with 14 large beer tents and countless smaller ones, People find it hard to believe that attendees really have time to do much else.

4. Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan-

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Also known as the Yuan Xiao Festival, the lamp festival started in the early 90s to celebrate to ward off evil and diseases from the land. A ceremony where firecrackers are burst on a 25ft high wooden stand in the Wumio Temple is the most important part of this festival. This festival sees thousands of attendants every year. The people release lamp in the sky in the evening. These lamps are decorated with flowers, colourful drawings and even messages.

3. Chinese New Year, China-

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The Chinese New Year is a celebration of renewal that includes traditions such as giving little red envelopes, praying for prosperity at the Man Mo Temple and seeking a fortune teller. There’s also a Well-Wishing festival at Lam Tsuen in Tai Po where you can jot down your wishes on a piece of paper, tie it to an orange, and throw it up into an artificial tree. The higher the fruit lands on the tree, the more likely it is that your wishes will come true. In the evening, there is a parade through Tsim Sha Tsui with floats and performers. The highlight, however, is undoubtedly the fireworks display over Victoria Harbor.

2. Holi, India-

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Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which begins with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is free for all carnival of colours, where everyone plays, chases and colours each other with coloured water and dry coloured powder and with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance.

1. Burning Man–Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA-

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Burning Man is an annual event when up to 48,000 people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock desert to create art and express their individuality. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. People who have gone to Burning Man gatherings claim you need to attend to truly understand.

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