Festivals around the world

Festivals

Chinese New Year

01/21/2014 - 02/20/2014

The biggest Chinese holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration, everywhere in China, and even in other Asian countries.

The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

02/01/2014 - 02/28/2014

A week of extravagant parades, dancing, colors, and alcohol makes this one of the most exciting and well-known festivals in the world.

Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, Dublin, Ireland:

03/16/2014 - 03/17/2014

There is a parade, costumes, music, comedy, film, and drinking. Learn more about St. Patrick’s Day

Songkran Water Festival, Thailand

04/13/2014 - 04/15/2014

The Thai New Year festival falls on some of the hottest days in Thailand, and people celebrate by throwing water on each other, using water guns, buckets, hoses- whatever they can get their hands on. Learn more about Songkran.

Festival of the Sun,Peru

06/24/2014

Expositions, street fairs, and live music mark the celebration of the sun god.

San Fermin Festiva, Pamplona, Spain

07/01/2014 - 07/31/2014

There are many events including folkloric ones, but the most famous is the running of the bull.

Obon Fesitval, Japan

08/01/2014 - 08/31/2014

Families release floating lanterns into the water to represent their ancestors’ spirits being sent off.

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

09/21/2014 - 10/04/2014

One word: beer. This festival is now held all around the world. It is an important part of Bavarian culture.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

10/01/2014 - 10/11/2014

Over 750 hot air balloons take to the skies, some are illuminated at night, and some are uniquely shaped.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico

11/02/2014

Friends and family gather to celebrate loved ones who have passed on, through elaborate traditions of food, art, colors, and culture.

Junkanoo, Nassau, Bahamas

12/26/2014 - 01/01/2015

A street festival with art, music, culture, elaborate costumes, and a parade, to bring in the new year.