When travelling, it’s great to see the sights, historic and modern, but have you ever thought about timing some of your trips overseas so they can include attending some of the best festivals the world has to offer? Not only will a festival add some great memories to your holiday, but they will also make you feel really at home in the country you are visiting.
I’ve put together a list of five of the best festivals to go to around the world, for your perusal. Take a look!
The Lantern Festival in Taiwan
The Taiwan Lantern Festival takes place on the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. It features a vast array of treats from folk performances to electric-powered lantern shows. In addition to this, there are traditional events such as the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Pingxi is a small hillside town just outside of the capital of Taipei. Years ago the local villagers used to release paper lanterns into the sky. These days, both locals and visitors alike carry on the practice for good luck in the new year.
115 years of Harley Davidson in Milwaukee, USA
The Harley Davidson birthday celebration in the city of Milwaukee really does have something for everyone. This year sees the celebrations increased tenfold with the Harley’s 115th Birthday celebrations! It doesn’t matter whether you have never even been on a motorbike, you are still likely to have plenty of fun. With the party featuring beer gardens, food truck and lots of games, there will be lots to get involved in. There will also be an opportunity to take a look at the Harley Davidson factory behind the scenes. The festival finishes with a final bike ride parade through the city. What a sight that will be!
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
A whopping six million people attend Oktoberfest. The famous beer festival sees people from the world over drinking around six million litres of beer! The only beers that are on offer are from the breweries of Munich, this is a tradition that’s been followed for years. There is always plenty of food available to try to line your stomach with so that later you can enjoy some traditional folk music! And don’t forget, you could always get really into the spirit of things by dressing up in traditional Bavarian outfits! That will be one for the photo album!
Glastonbury Music Festival, Somerset, UK
You can’t write a list of the best festivals from around the world and not include the famous Glastonbury festival. Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts started out as a few friends playing progressive rock on a farm and it has become the world’s biggest festival – so big, it’s the size of a small city.
The very first ‘Glasto’ Festival was held on the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 and just 1,500 people attended. In 2016 a massive 135,000 people attended. I think that’s what you call a success!
Dubai Shopping Festival
If you still want to get the festival feel but don’t fancy donning your wellington boots and being a hippy for the weekend, go somewhere a little more upmarket and visit the Dubai Shopping Festival.
The event is held across the city every year in January and is an event full of lights, sports, adventure, food, shopping and glamour. It’s a shopping paradise and the city is full of amazing deals and discounted prices. Maybe take an extra suitcase for the trip home!
The world has so much to offer in terms of festivals an celebrations. You want to make sure you get the best deals in travel if you are going to visit any of them. Sites like Destination2 specialise in long-haul travel and can help make your holiday a memorable one from the offset.
Are you off to any festivals this year? Perhaps you’ve been to one of the ones I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know!
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