The 17 largest celebrations and festivals in the world

The 17 largest celebrations and festivals in the world

There are important parties and celebrations that take place in America, Asia and Europe, regardless of whether the celebration is aimed at the arrival of spring or an ancient god. Thanks to its color and flamboyance, millions of visitors take part every year. In so many different places, people gather to enjoy culture, music and even to meet other people.

So, if you are planning to travel and discover a new country, here we leave you a ranking with the best parties in the world.

1. Full moon party (Thailand)

This is one of the most famous beach parties in the world, and is celebrated when there is a full moon every month, on the beach of Haad Rin on the island of Koh Pha Ngan, in Thailand. Every month between 10,000 and 30,000 people gather.

This peculiar rave party started in the 80s when a group of backpackers decided to hold a small gathering with a fire and music; Back then there were no more than 30 people, but the tradition grew older until it became what it is now.

2. Holi Festival, or Festival of Colors (India)

Holi Festival

The Holi holiday lasts two days in late February or early March, and celebrates the arrival of spring. It is considered one of the most pagan festivals in all of India. One of the characteristics that stand out most in it is that there are no limits and it is all about excesses: attendees fill their bodies with paint of different colors and consume bhang, a drink prepared with marijuana leaves.

Many young people take advantage to carry out actions that the rest of the year are prohibited in India. Holi is one of the most important festivities that is even celebrated in other countries where there is a significant population of Hindus, such as London or Spain.

3. Oktoberfest (Germany)


It takes place from September 18 to October 3 in Munich, Germany, and is the most important beer festival in the world. During these days more than 6 million liters of beer are consumed. You can taste beers prepared with a stronger flavor than usual, and pitchers that cost from 8 euros a round are served.

The Oktoberfest receives approximately 7 million visitors from different parts of the world. It starts from 6 in the morning and closes at 1:30 in the morning.

4. “La Tomatina” (Spain)

La Tomatina

The town of Buñol in Valencia, Spain, carries out the “La Tomatina” party, a tradition that dates back to 1945, when a group of young people started (as is) throwing tomatoes at each other.

Currently 30,000 people attend the world’s largest tomato fight, launching more than 110 tons on the last Wednesday of August.

5. Carnival (Brazil)


The Brazilian carnival is celebrated annually forty days before Easter and has become one of the most popular festivals in the world. It has music, spectacular dresses and parades. Bands, popular dances, and private events are held throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro.

6. “Sanfermines” of Pamplona (Spain)


The “Sanfermines” party, better known as Pamplonada, is held in honor of San Fermín and is celebrated annually in Pamplona on January 1, February 2, March 3, April 4, May 5 and July 7. It is considered one of the most original and unique in the world. In honor of this saint, the inhabitants and tourists wear a red scarf around their necks and make an 849-meter route that culminates in the plaza while being chased by bulls.

Although the necessary safety measures are taken every year, it is still a risky event that leaves a large number of injured.

7. The “Fallas” (Valencia)


Held from March 15 to 19, the “Fallas” in Valencia, or Fiestas Josefinas, are a tradition that takes place in different towns in the Valencian community in honor of San José, patron saint of carpenters. They are called “Fallas” because artistic constructions of combustible materials are made with different Ninot figures (human representations with a critical or burlesque character).

Attendees of this festival can enjoy the colorful fireworks that devastate the huge structures.

8. Burning Man (United States)

Burning Man

This festival is celebrated from August 29 to September 5 in the middle of the Nevada desert. It houses more than 25 thousand people who come in caravans to live for a week and enjoy music and fun. It culminates in the burning of a 22-meter-tall wooden human figure (the “man on fire”).

9. Queen’s Day (Holland)

Queen's Day

Queen’s Day is celebrated in Amsterdam on April 30, originally to celebrate Queen Beatrix’s birthday. On this date the Dutch take to the streets dressed in orange and celebrate with music and beer throughout the day.

10. Bay to Breakers (United States)

Bay to Breakers

Considered one of the largest costume parties in the world, during the Bay to Breakers, people take to the streets on the third Sunday of May for a 12-kilometer tour that ends with different musical concerts. In its origins it was carried out as a simple race, but nowadays people in disguise (or completely naked) hold a party where they enjoy beer kegs.

11. Calgary Stampede (Canada)

From July 4 to 13, in the city of Calgary, Canada, different events such as rodeos, tractor races, use of carts and country music concerts are held.

This party attracts a million visitors annually, and all activities are done to remember the old west.

12. Carnivals (Gran Canaria)

Carnivals (Gran Canaria)

Held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this is a popular party that takes place to choose a Queen and the Drag Queen of the carnival.

It started in 1998 and is the only one in Spain where the modality of choosing a Drag (transvestite) is included; what makes it so characteristic. The massive participation of the visitors who attend “La Gran Cabalgata”, “Mogollones” and “El Entierro” has contributed to making this carnival a success.

14. Glastonbury Music Festival (UK)

Glastonbury Music Festival

It is a three-day festival that celebrates music, the arts, and the land. It is recognized worldwide for the music that can be heard, in addition to the dance, comedy and theater performances that are performed.

Glastonbury began with the influence of the hippies and the festivals of the 70s. In 2005, 150 thousand people attended in a 3.6 km space, where 385 performances were performed.

15. Songkran. Thai New Year (Bangkok)


It starts with solar change and the start of the new year for Thais (April 13-15). It is a celebration in which the assistants had to be baptized and purified. In order to avoid bad luck, the streets are filled with images of the Buddha and rites are observed that indicate that the new year has begun.

The arrival of the new year concludes the hot season to start the wet season, so that throughout the festival the water is present and visitors enjoy throwing it.

16. Venice Carnival (Italy)

Venice Carnival

Considered unique in the world due to the costumes and masks that are used by the inhabitants during organized or improvised parades, this festival is held in early January and mid-February, and for two weeks there are numerous events and art demonstrations in the squares, in addition to the fact that private parties and costume dances are organized in the many noble palaces that exist in the city.

The Venetian festival combines traditions and stands out for the acrobats who make descents starting from the top of the bell tower of San Marcos to reach the Ducal Palace.

17. St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland)

Dublin is dyed green to celebrate Irish culture for five days. Different parades are held and the city is invaded by a large number of goblins. This party is attended by more than 675 thousand people and many music bands fill the city. The buildings are lit entirely by green lights.

St. Patrick’s Day is considered the celebration that takes place in most countries in the world. It is common to see people using the symbol of good luck: the famous clover.

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