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Jigyasha Prasad Jan 05 2015

Top festivals around the world in 2015.

Kanan Budhiraja Jan 05 2015
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Here is a list of absolutely breathtaking festivals in 2015 that you must travel to. These national and international festivals are so unique that you HAVE to visit some if not all of them. Get, Set, Go!


The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is a spectacular ice sculpture event that hosts talent from all over the world. The festival, to be held on 5 January in Harbin, China, is one of the world’s four biggest ice and snow festivals and showcases an amazing collection of ice sculptures, some as tall as 50 metres!

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival by Lzy881114

If you love reading then you have to head to the Jaipur Literature Fest, the largest free literary fest in the world between 21-25 January. This annual event in the city of Jaipur is the perfect place to immerse yourself in reading, debating and discussing your love for books.

Photo of Jaipur by Nandkishore Kapoor

2. February

Come February and you can take a trip to the sun-kissed beaches of Goa and revel in the euphoric celebrations of the annual Goa Carnival. To be held from 14 February 2015, the four days of the carnival see a combined spectacle of diverse cultures, religions and beliefs.

Goa Carnival by Andy Weisner

Looking for something quirky that’s rooted in tradition? Head over to Ivrea, Italy from 14-17 February to be a part of the famous Battaglia delle Arance or the Battle of Oranges. The city re-creates its historic freedom battle not with swords and guns, but with 500,000 kg of oranges.

Battle of Oranges from official Facebook page of the festival

3. March

Pingxi, a small mountain town in Taiwan, hosts one of the most beautiful lantern festivals in the world. These lanterns signal peace, soaring ambitions and good fortune. The festival is slated to be held on 5 March.

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival by Jirka Matousek

The Hindu festival of colours, Holi is celebrated in various ways all across the country. If you are in India, Nepal or Sri Lanka on 6 March 2105, be prepared to be drenched in colours in the form of powder, liquid or water balloons. Vrindavan, the land of Lord Krishna, witnesses unprecedented energy and vibrancy during this festival.

Holi celebrations by Narender9

4. April

Celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha on 8 April 2015 across various Buddhist temple in Japan. Hana-Matsuri or the Festival of Flowers is a religious festival of Japan that marks the birth of Buddha. You can see a wonderful display of cherry blossoms throughout the country as the festival signals the start of spring.

Cherry Blossoms by Yoshikazu TAKADA

Be part of the King’s Day or Konings Dag held in honour of the Dutch monarch as Amsterdam bursts into shades of orange on 27 April.

Queen's Day by Carmelrmd

The 200-year-old festival of Thrissur Pooram is the biggest and the grandest of all festivals held in Kerala. The main attraction of the festival is the brightly decorated temple elephants and the fireworks display at night.

Thrissur Pooram by Ezeu

5. May

Need a reason to visit to the land of kangaroos, Australia? The Sydney Vivid Festival slated to be held between 22 May and 8 June is the perfect one. Watch the iconic Sydney Opera House illuminated in spectacular shades and designs.

Sydney Vivid Festival by Flickr upload bot

6. June

Looking for history, mythology and magic? Head over to Cusco, Peru on 24 June and be a part of the ancient ritual of Inti-Raymi or the Festival of the Sun. Experience the the festive mood, bright costumes and local music while you thank the Sun God for your well-being.

Inti-Raymi by Cyntia Motta

7. July

A carnival so magnificent that it can be seen from space on some days! That’s the Kumbh Mela--a festival to wash off all your sins and devote yourself to spiritual cleansing. Held every 3 years, this year the festival is being held at Nasik from 14 July to 25 September.

Kumbh Mela by -.-Paul-.-

Travel to Squaw Valley, California and participate in early-morning yoga sessions, tune in to pop-up music shows, go for a foxwalk or learn your very first paddleboard yoga technique. For all this and so much more, the Wanderlust festival from 16-19 July is one of the best festivals in 2015.

Wanderlust by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

8. August

The annual Buddhist ceremony of Obon in Japan welcomes back the ancestral spirits and commemorates their being. To be celebrated on 23 August this year, the festival will be concluded by floating lanterns on rivers and lakes across Japan.

Obon by Kstigarbha

9. September

Celebrated across the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi is the end to a grand and elaborate 10-day long festival. Slated to be held on 17 September this year, the festival sees a lot of pomp and show. The Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai are the most elaborate and extravagant.

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations by Nandkishore Kapoor

Love your mug of chilled beer? Head over to Munich, Germany from 19 September to 4 October and be a part of the Oktoberfest celebrations - a carnival celebrating the country’s most loved alcoholic beverage, beer!

Beer Festival by Wind

10. October

Literally fly in the sky by hopping on to one of the hundreds of hot air balloons between 3 to 11 October this year at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The largest ballooning festival of the world, it is a delight for kids and adults alike.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske)

Celebrate the victory of good over evil by enjoying Dussehra in Mysore on 22 October.

11. November

Popularly celebrated as the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile, Diwali is the brightest of all Hindu festivals. To be held between 9 and 13 November this year, the festival illuminates the entire country with bright lights, fragrant flowers and dazzling fireworks display. Check out shades of Diwali celebrations in India.

Diyas by Lisa.davis

Always dreamt of being a one-eyed pirate with a hook for a hand? Head over to Cayman Islands and take part in the crazy Pirates Week celebrations between 12-22 November, 2015. You can learn to dress and speak like a pirate, take part in a cardboard boat race or just watch turtle releases from the sidelines.

Pirates Week Festival by The McGee

12. December

The Junkanoo Parade at the Bahamas is a cultural extravaganza that showcases dance troops and musical processions throughout the islands. Held on 26 December every year, the festival transforms the island into a lively carnival.

Junkanoo Parade by Christina Spicuzza

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and start your journey for some of the must-visit festivals in 2015.

How can the massive durgapuja or autumn festival of west bengal, kolkata be missed out from this list!!
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