Around the World in Five Festivals

By on January 30, 2013

With Christmas very much in the rearview mirror, and the new year upon us, it's time to stop daydreaming and start brain storming about those all important vacation days that you'll have accumulated in the next few months. You could spend that time weekending at local B&B's, camping with friends or visiting family, but that's just more of the same old, same old. You need some adventure, some color, some excitement! Sunbathing in Cancun is nice and all, but letting loose in the middle of a desert while burning a giant effigy, with 50,000 of your closet new friends is epic. Let's be honest, who needs another nice holiday, when you can have an epic adventure? Need some inspiration, check out these five fabulous festivals from around the world and we guarantee you'll be booking your ticket before you get to the end of the article!

Light the Sky for Diwali - India

Light the Sky for Diwali - India

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Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Lights', Diwali is celebrated in a number of nations around the world that is home to Indian diaspora, but it is in India itself where the celebrations are the most lavish. The lighting of lamps, candles and the setting off of fireworks marks triumph of good over evil over five glorious days. Falling sometime between October and November, the third day is not to be missed and should be marked with a journey to Amritsar, the city of the Golden Temple, where it almost feels as though the sky is ablaze with warmth Indian hospitality.

Boryeong Mud Festival - South Korea

Boryeong Mud Festival

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What is the ultimate way to get a fabulous facial and party with more than million people from around the world? The South Korean Boryeong Mud Festival of course. The festival itself started back in 1988 as a means to promote the anti-aging effects of the minerals extracted from the Boryeong Flats. Spend a day or two slithering around mud pools, immersing in fabulous Korean culture and entering any number of the fantastic and profitable contests on offer!

Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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If you're ever in Europe for the month of August, you have absolutely no excuse not to touch down in Edinburgh, Scotland for a pint, a barrel of laughs, and a handful of free shows, that's right, I said free! Stroll beautiful cobble stone streets bursting with street performers, dine at the finest taverns Britain has on offer, and make time to spend an evening at Edinburgh Castle for the world renowned Military Tattoo. And just when you think you're all festival'd out, choose from over 2500 different stage performances put on by some 22,000 performers from around the world!

Songkran - Thailand

Songkran - Thailand

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April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand which is why it's the perfect time to take part in the world's biggest water fight. Marking the beginning of the Thai new year, prepare to be doused for six straight days as Thais celebrate new beginnings and fellow tourists enjoy a mid-afternoon cool off! The festival takes place between April 13 to April 15, so be sure to leave any expensive camera equipment back at your hotel because the locals show no mercy!

Burning Man - United States

Burning Man - United States

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Unleash your wild side at undoubtedly one of the most unique festivals in the world. Burning Man is a week long celebration of sorts set in the midst of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Due to the popularity of the event, attendance is capped at 50,000, therefore making it the world's most exclusive radical, self-expressive festival on earth. Complete with a post-office, communal showers and a number of brilliantly creative entrepreneur-driven businesses, the occasion is marked by the burning of a 40 foot wooden effigy. Burning Man has been likened to the Woodstock era, words are a waste, you just have to go experience it!

 


 
Jordana Manchester
Jordana Manchester
Contributing Writer at ExcelLiving.com
Jordana is an award nominated freelance travel and fashion writer, a former model, an anthropology student and photographer. After spending a year abroad working with lions in Zambia, trekking through the jungles of Sumatra and wandering medieval castles in Portugal, she settled down in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. She makes use of her eclectic background by incorporating her infatuation with fashion and style, her obsession with xenophilia, and her obvious love of wayfaring, into every piece she writes.

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