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Festivals worth seeing or national holidays??

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1. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member 39 posts) 4y


I am embarking on travelling next year in May and wanted to know if there are some crazy festivals around the world worth scheduling in. Since I havent got a clue where to start planning I thought if I could figure out a route where I can hit a lot of the major festivals around then that might be a good place to start. I thought of the Tomato Festival in Spain, Carnevale, Octoberfest, chinese new year, cherry blossums in Japan but I dont know of any others really in South America, Asia, Canada, Eastern Europe.

Anyone had some awesome experiences at festivals that are a bit more left of centre?

Thanks peeps :)

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1834 posts) 4y

This will help:

You can always pop into a local tourist office when abroad and ask them if there are any festivals in the area in the next few days.

3. Posted by lucyloo4 (Budding Member 53 posts) 4y

this might help...

4. Posted by KellieBarnes (Travel Guru 813 posts) 4y

You might also want to get your hands on a book called The Naked Man Festival by Brian Thacker. Essentially he spends a year travelling to the most interesting and sometimes lesser-known festivals around the world.

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6. Posted by Pipin (Full Member 2 posts) 4y


You might be interested in taking a look at this site from Thailand:

This Vegetarian Festival, as it is named, is also celebrated in Malaysia. The participants will pierce themselves with quite big objects without bleeding to dead.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Apr-2012, at 16:48 by Pipin ]

7. Posted by altheamann (Budding Member 6 posts) 4y

Mardi Gras and Octoberfest are my most anticipated events in the world every year.

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9. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 4y

Ask me in July and I'll be able to report on Barcelona's Festival Sant Joan (Festival of St. John). It's always on June 23rd, the longest day of the year and the start of summer. Tons of fireworks and parties all along the beaches. Lasts all night long and the next day is a bank holiday to be in a coma

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