6 Most Vibrant & Colorful Festivals In The World

Who doesn’t like festival season? The magical music, the fierce dance, the vibrancy, the color and the enthusiastic fun; I personally love every tiny bit of country festivals. If you like traveling across the globe, try visiting countries during the festive season. I can bet, it will be a divine experience. Learn about some of the coolest and the most colorful festivals celebrated around the world.

Dragon Boat Festival, China

Dragon Boat Festival, China

1. Dragon Boat Festival, China

For more than 2,500 years, China has been celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival on the Fifth day of the Fifth lunar month. This festival is one of the main attractions in China and the tourism rate increases considerably during this period. The festival is celebrated in honor of a popular Chinese patriot, Qu Yuan who threw himself into the Mi Lo River to protest against the corrupt government. In order to save him and prevent the fish from eating him, the locals threw rice patties into the river. Even today rice dumplings or zongzi are prepared and eaten during this festival season. The most popular practice on this day is the Dragon Boat races. These boats are giant-size and are painted with attractive and bright colors. They are also embellished with a dragon tail and head. During this festival, waterways all over China are crowded with floating dragons and enthusiastic onlookers.


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Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

2. Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

This 16-18 day festival is held every year during the last week of September. It is one of the most famous celebrations in the whole of Germany, and has more than 5 million people from different countries visiting every year. Apart from culinary delicacies, beer is one of the main attractions of this feast. The Oktoberfest in Munich is beautiful, colorful and lavish. It begins with a beautiful ceremonial opening. The event is characterized with beer tents, roller coasters, circus appearances, festival parades, live brass bands and all kinds of fun-filled mayhem. It is a festival that you just cannot afford to miss out on.


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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you wish to see the real Brazilian fever, this is the right place and the perfect time. It is held before Lent annually. The Rio de Janeiro carnival is the biggest carnival in the world. During this period, Rio has nearly two million people per day celebrating this feast on the streets. From dance to circus, there is so much for everyone to see. The roots of this Carnival can be traced back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who celebrated the rites of spring. Today this season is celebrated with great zeal by throwing parties, wearing colorful costumes and masks and dancing on the streets. Samba is the main dance forms practiced during this carnival.


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International Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada

International Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada

4. International Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada

If you are a lover of jazz, this festival can be your haven. The International Jazz festival is celebrated every year with great pomp and thrill right in the heart of Montreal. This gigantic summer music celebration is carried out on a grand scale featuring 11 whole days of continuous fun and entertainment. This celebration commences from noon and goes up to midnight. It features about 3,000 artists from 30 odd countries. This festival is so popular that it has even made it to the Guinness World Records as the largest jazz festival.


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International Film Festival in Cannes, France

International Film Festival in Cannes, France

5. International Film Festival in Cannes, France

Finally we come to the most talked about festival ever. Founded in the year 1946, the International Film Festival in Cannes is one of the most awaited and prestigious film festivals in the world. It is usually conducted during the month of May. Popular stars posing for the paparazzi are an integral part of Cannes folklore. Besides this, if you visit the Film Festival in Cannes you will get to watch screenings of the next year's hot new films and sip delicious cocktails with the stars. Apart from the party and the screenings, the beaches of Cote d'Azure is a special attraction that can be visited during this film festival.


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Holi, India

Holi, India

6. Holi, India

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is one of the biggest festival celebrations in India. It is basically a religious festival of the Hindus. However, India being a diverse country, people of other faiths also participate in the celebrations. On this day, huge bonfires are lit up in memory of the miraculous escape of Prahlad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, when a Demoness Holika carried him to the fire. The Demoness got burnt, but Prahlad escaped without any injuries due to his honest devotion. It marks the victory of good over evil. People celebrate this festival by coloring each other's faces with colored powder and water. It's a fun celebration for people of all ages to literally drain in color and water. In some places, the festival continues for almost a week!


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  • Dragon Boat Festival, China
  • Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
  • Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • International Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada
  • International Film Festival in Cannes, France
  • Holi, India

Even if you’re a festival virgin and wish to begin exploring some of the greatest festivals worldwide, pick any of the mentioned above and you just can’t go wrong.

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