From the best festival in the world, to the most dangerous festival, here are 11 of the most amazing festivals in the world! Let's go!
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6 - Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) â Mexico - Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. It calls on family and friends to get together to remember those who have died, and to help them on their spiritual journey in the afterlife. It originally took place at the beginning of summer, but is now celebrated for 3 days beginning on October 31st, all Hallows Eve. On the first day children build private altars to invite the Angelitos, or spirits of the dead children, to visit. They offer gifts of sugar skulls, Marigold flowers, and small toys. On the second day, All Saints Day, a similar practice is involved for the adults, with the favorite food and drink of the departed left as a gift on the altar. The third day, All Souls Day, is when the families go the cemeteries of their loved ones and decorate their graves, leaving some of the departedâs possessions at their grave sites. Participants also dress up for the event with some wearing skull masks and body paint.
5 - Oktoberfest - Germany - Oktoberfest is a beer festival, held in Munich, Germany, which runs from late September through the first weekend in October and ends on October 3rd, Germany Unity Day. Started in 1810, this international event bills itself as âthe largest beer festival in the worldâ with an average attendance of over 6 million people. The event kicks off with a parade in which eight thousand people, dressed in traditional clothing, walk through the center of town to the fairgrounds. In addition to the numerous beer hall tents, the fairgrounds also includes numerous attractions and traditional foods, including pretzels, sausages, roast pork, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut, but it is most known for the beer, of which close to 8 million liters is consumed during the16 day festival!
4 - Up Helly Aa Fire Festival â Scotland - The Up Helly Aa, which loosely translates from Old Norse to âthe end of the holy daysâ, is a fire festival held each year in Shetland, Scotland to mark the end of the season. The participants dress up in themed costumes, grab torches, and then proceed through the town. The procession ends at the shore where the participants throw their torches into a replica Viking long ship. After the procession, the participants return to the town to attend private parties at different gathering halls. And at each hall the participants perform different acts, dance, or sing.
3 - Boryeong Mud Festival - South Korea â The mud in the Boryeong mud flats is famous for being rich in minerals and great for the skin. For this reason itâs used in a line of cosmetics. To market these cosmetics, the manufacturer began hosting this festival in 1998 to give potential customers a way to try out the effects of the mud for themselves. In 2007, the festival had drawn a crowd of over 2.2 million people. Some of the things visitors can check out at the festival is a mud slide, mud pool, inflatables, mud skiing competition, and even a mud prison. Live music is also a big draw for crowds. After a two week long mud party, the festival ends with a huge firework show.
2 - Harbin Ice and Snow Festival - China - The international Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival takes place each year in Harbin, China and has become the largest snow festival in the world. The festival starts on January 5th and lasts a month. During the festival, competitors create ice and snow sculptures throughout the city. There is also an area where full size illuminated buildings are created from 2 foot to three foot solid blocks of ice. In 2007 one of the sculptures was named a Guinness World Record winner for the Worldâs Largest Snow Sculpture. It stood 28 feet tall and used over 17,000 cubic yards of snow!
1 - Burning Man - Nevada - Burning Man is a festival that takes place each year in Black Rock City â a temporary city setup in the Nevada desert. It was first held in 1986 in San Francisco, with a ritual bonfire to celebrate the summer solstice. The festival has grown and now celebrates all forms of artistic self-expression, from experimental performance to sculpture. Each year the festival culminates in the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy of a man, for which the festival takes its name. What started out with a handful of attendees has now grown to over 70,000 people in 2015.