These are the hottest Festivals of 2016/7!

28 October 2015

These are the hottest Festivals of 2016/7!

It seems that there is always an up and coming festival. Be it an electronic dance music extravaganza or a food throwing contest – it can be tough to know what’s hot and what’s not. Festivals are sure to embed in your mind an unforgettable experience.  But what really sticks is experiencing a country to its core and immersing yourself in their local culture and traditions. Tourists these days at festivals can often nearly outnumber the locals, which can compromise an authentic experience. Sure, Oktoberfest is one to tick off, but what about trying something a little out of the ordinary next year?

Holi Festival - India

India comes to life in their Spring with the Holi Festival, the festival of colours...which put simply involves thousands of people covering themselves with powder and paint. It is celebrated in March after the full moon. Kick off the celebrations on the eve of Holi with a bonfire of dancing and music. The official day involves letting your inner child out letting the good times roll- think waterbomb fights meets paintball. Except now different to your childhood memories, you’re allowed to target the neighbours...anything goes! 


Harbin Ice Festival - China


Ice, ice baby! This is the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, held in north-east China in Harbin annually. Amazing rainbow lights bring these exquisite and extremely talented sculptures to life. Some of the creations are as long as two football fields! Plus, you can do more than capture a cool Instagram; many of the sculptures double as a slide for people to enjoy. They often resemble real life monuments such as the Great Wall of China or a giant bottle of liquor- there’s something aesthetically admirable for all. The festival also brings the adventure tourism scene to life in Harbin, with activities like skiing, dog sledding and ice mini golf on offer.


Rio Carnaval - Brazil

Rio Carnaval is an old favourite but definitely not one to be discounted, because even after dating back to the 1700s, this country sure still knows how to throw a party.  Carnaval in Rio de Janerio is held annually before Lent, with Rio being the hub of activity but is celebrated nation and world wide. Picture millions of people dancing to samba music with colourful costumes, enjoying incredibly intricate and certainly elaborate floats parading the streets. Your backdrop is the famous Sugarloaf mountain, which overlooks the sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. This week-long festival offers an abundance of atmosphere like nothing else you could imagine.

Japan Winter Festivals - Japan

Japan is renowned for their spectacular Winter culture, from world-class skiing to an array of festivals embracing the colder temperatures. Sapporo Snow Festival is their famous snow sculpture festival, which is often compared to the Harbin Ice Festival. From Sapporo, venture about a half hour away to Otaru, a harbour city which hosts a Snow Light Path Festival. This is a magical experience involving lanterns and sculptures to rival a fairytale. There are also many breweries and distilleries in the region worth a visit, as Japanese beer originated from here. You might be thirsty after doing several activities on offer; dog sledding, hot spring bathing and snow-shoe hiking. You’ll feel a million miles away from the world of sun and sea but if you’re willing to brave the cold, Japan is the place to do it.

Diwali Festival - India


Light it up at Diwali - the world renowned celebration in India. The 'Festival of Lights' is one of the biggest events on the Hindu calendar, signifying the victory of light over darkness, or good over evil. Celebrations can last up to five days. Expect millions of lights, candles and fireworks lighting up houses, temples and important monuments of India. Indian families may spend a significant time preparing for Diwali, from selecting glitzy new outfits to decorating their home. Diwali is a beautiful time to be experiencing India at it's pinnacle of serenity.

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