15 of the World’s Most Outrageous Celebrations
If there is one thing we as humans know how to do, it is celebrate life’s triumphs. All over the world people celebrate for many different reasons. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, historical dates or events, tradition, and the list can go on forever with reasons why people celebrate. Some celebrations are small. Only a few people gather and have a good time. Other celebrations are huge. These celebrations usually happen on an annual basis and for a certain period of time. No matter where in the world you can find a huge celebration. Here is a list of some of the worlds biggest and most outrageous celebrations.
The Rio de Janeiro Carnival Brazil is a popular traveling destination and it’s capital, Rio de Jeneiro is the center of all the dun. The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year. It’s considered one of the biggest carnivals in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. If kicked off back in 1823 and is now an highly anticipated annual occurrance. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio.
Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is not the same day as the traditional January 1st, that we celebrate, but the festivities around are just as grand. Chinese New Year is biggest and most significant day of the year. Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers and lanterns.
Boryeong Mud Festival Pigs have fun in mud and so do the people in South Korea during the Boryeong Mud Festival. The festival was born as a marketing ploy. A South Korea cosmetics company developed a line of beauty products which featured mud from the Boryeong mud flats as a main ingredient. They didn’t have enough money to advertise the product so they invited potential customers to frolic in the mud and experience the benefits if the mud. The Boryeong Mud Festival was thus born. There are mud slides, mud prison, mud pools, and mud skiing, live music, acupuncture, and the festival’s culminating fireworks display.
Burning Man There is no event that can really compare to Burning Man. It is an annual event, where up to 48,000 people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock desert to create art and express their individuality. The name Burning Man comes from the ritual of burning a large wooden sculpture, which is set ablaze on Saturday evening. The event is truly one of a kind.
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is about as much fun as you can in freezing weather. As the name suggests the festival exhibits the most exquisite ice and snow sculptures in the world. Every year people build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers. The festival starts on January 5 and lasts one month in Harbin, China.
White Nights Festival The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun. The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon where the sun is still visible at midnight in the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle. The festival consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. One of the main events is the Scarlet Sails celebration. It is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about 1 million people.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Dia de los Muertos is a famous Mexican holiday. It is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. People traditionally build private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Visiting graves with these as gifts is a common practice.
Running of The Bulls The Running of the Bulls is on many people’s bucket lists. The actually event is a part of the famous San Fermin festival. It is a practice that involves running in front of a typically a dozen bulls that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of the Pamplona streets. A first rocket is set off at 8 a.m. to alert the runners that the corral gate is open. A second rocket signals that six bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that all of the herd has entered the bullring and its corral respectively, marking the end of the event. Beware this event is not for the faint of heart. Every year between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run although most injuries are contusions due to falls and are not serious.
Holi Many people may have seen images of the Holi festival and had no clue what it was. Holi is a spring festival in India also known as the festival of colors. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which starts with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is when the fun really begins. Everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game.
Up Helly Aa It takes place in Lerwick, Shetland, on the last Tuesday in January every year. Up Helly Aa day involves a series of marches and visitations by people dressed in a variety of costumes, culminating in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley (a replica Viking ship). This is followed by hours of performing acts and dancing in halls throughout Lerwick. There is a main guizer or actors who is dubbed the “Jarl”. Not much is known about this festival, but we do know that is ends with a whole bunch of partying.
Carnival of Venice Carnivals take place all over the world and at different periods of time. The tradition of carnival dates back over 900 years and originated in Venice, Italy. It was the one time during the year when there were no bounds. Everybody was free to do things desired all year without any guilt thanks to the masks that were traditionally worn. During the carnival, Venice comes alive with masked Venetians and tourists. All sorts of entertainment can be found everywhere and the canals are full of colorful boats. The nights are also full of parties and masked balls.
Pingxi Lantern Festival Held in the Pingxi District of Taiwan, the Pingxi Lantern Festival gets its name from the location and the tradition of releasing thousands of lanterns into the night sky. It was originally celebrated to ward of evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingshi Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner and finally they’re released off into the sky. The many lanterns released at once is worthy of a picture so make sure you bring your camera.
La Tomatina Food festivals are very popular around the world. However, there are rarely who festivals that celebrate one particular fruit or vegetable. There is a festival in Spain that is dedicated to the tomato, called La Tomatina. Participants throw tomatoes at each other and ride down those tomato filled slides having the time of their lives. Whether it’s the tomato fights or the enormous water showers that follow that bring people out, La Tomatina is one event that gets you dancing and engaging in unlimited fun.
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest is one of the most popular festivals in the world. It is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Oktoberfest is 16 days of drunken debauchery. The festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people from around the world attend the event each year. The event is all about beer, beer and only beer, and of course the snacks that compliment beer.
Full Moon Party Haad Rin is home to the Full Moon Party and also houses about 3000 to 5000 people that are ready to rage at a moments notice. Haad Rin is in Koh Phangan, Thailand’s nightlife capital and has the biggest concentration of beach clubs. It is the perfect place for locals and tourist to gather under the moon light and party. Some of the worlds most popular DJ’s have played for the crowd here.
New Year’s Eve New Year’s Eve is a night that many people make plans for. They plan to be at a certain location and around certain people when the clock hits midnight. New York City usually gets the number pick for a New Year’s destination, but Sydney, Australia gets it this time. New Year’s Eve down under is an annual multi-tiered event. It’s held over Sydney Harbor, centering on the Harbor Bridge. Its main features are the two pyrotechnic displays, the 9 pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks. It is known as the best place in the world to see the New Year fireworks display.