A Festival Guide to Inspire You
Festivals are an amazing way to experience a new place. There are an insurmountable number of festivals that take place in every corner of the globe - from your small town food festival to your international music bonanza. That's how we can assure you that there is a festival for EVERYONE (there is even a monkey buffet festival in Thailand for our primate cousins).
Whatever your interests, we hope this list inspires you to seek out new experiences, foods or places.
Imagine a sky full of soft, twinkling orbs floating up into the heavens. That is the view you will enjoy at a lantern festival. Floating lanterns have been used in China since the 3rd century BC. Originally a way to signal between troops, they've become a wondrous spectacle around the world.
The biggest lantern festival happens in Taiwan, and it really takes it to whole new level with electric lanterns and light-up floats that are a far cry from the children’s lanterns of bygone days.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary there are nearly one million words in the English language. But we’re not sure any of them can adequately explain the inspired madness that goes down in the northwestern Nevada desert every summer. Burning Man has been a legendary music event since its inception in 1986 - and it seems to get crazier every year.
Of course there are hundreds of thousands of music festivals to suit everyone's particular tastes, from Oktoberfest in Germany to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa.
Have an idea that all religious festivals are a staunch and somber affair? Think again. Arguably the biggest festival in the world (and not to mention the wildest party), Brazil’s Carnival is widely considered “the greatest show on Earth.” Traditionally, Carnival Festivals serves as a celebration before the fasting season of lent. The event in Rio de Janeiro attracts nearly 5 million people each year.
The Hindu Holi festival celebrating love and the coming of spring is a vibrant event where people gather to throw bright-coloured powder at each other. Originating in the Indian subcontinent, Holi festivals now take place around the world. You might even have one in your city!
Mountains of pizza, garments of chocolate and omelets the size of car? Food festivals have to be the most delicious way to see a new city but remember to pack your stretchiest pants! Some food festivals, like Italy's Battle of the Oranges, might have you wearing more food than you eat; but most of them are great opportunity to try the best local cuisine.
Dragon Boat Festivals in Hong Kong combine the thrill of a boat race with mouthwatering rice dumplings ("zong zi" in Chinese) while Russia hosts a whole week of pancakes called Maslenitsa!
When we say there are festivals for everything, we mean EVERYTHING. There's a baby jumping festival in Spain (yes, where grown adults jump over babies) and Oaxaca, Mexico has a festival dedicated completely to radishes. Tokyo's Kanamara Matsuri Festival (aka - the penis festival) even celebrates, well, all things phallic...
For a more family friendly fair, The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival that takes place in Harbin, China, Featuring towering sculptures made of (you guessed it) snow and ice, this festival is now the largest in the world of its kind.
Whichever festival has grabbed your eye, Joyable can help you get there. Our unique platform allows your friends and family members to contribute towards experiences that you may not be able to penny up for on your own . You can set up a fund to pay for festival tickets, flights, hotels or... soap to help you clean up after the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea.