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5 Bucket List Festivals – Celebrate as you travel around the world!

Here are 5 of the world's most renowned festivals that ooze fun, adventure and excitement. From Burning Man in Nevada to Oktoberfest in Germany, don't miss out on these! 🎊🎉


Burning Man

Burning Man

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Stretching across 5 and a half square miles of desert, the Burning Man is noted as being one of the world's most famous festivals, covering various forms of art, costumes and an energetic crowd.

This annual event is created to form the Black Rock City in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Black Rock City is a temporary city built to honour the community, self – expression, self reliance and art forms. Art Cars where participants build up various types of structures and drive through the site are a natural sight here.

The festival is popular amongst artists in particular as they are given a rare opportunity to create different types of artwork without worrying about critics, gallery owners, etc. Artists display their forms of artwork for the sole appreciation of those who attend the festival.

Before heading for the festival, ensure you pack sunscreen, battery operated torches, sun hats, moisturises, food and water. Fancy costumes are always encouraged with participants of the festival. (source) 🎨🎭


The Giant Lantern Festival

The Giant Lantern Festival

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This annual event held on the last Saturday before Christmas Eve in Philippines features the largest competition for giant lanterns. Amongst locals, the festival is known as Ligligan Parul and the city of San Fernando has been noted as the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines".

Competing for the title of "winning parol", artisans from around the country, design their best and most elaborate parol, each contributing to The Giant Lantern Festival.

Each parol measures to about 40 feet in diameter with different shapes from religious symbols to floral patterns, all made from materials like crepe paper, plastic, glass, bamboo dowels, etc. Popular sites such as the Events and Festivals Blog provide various introduction and guides to cultural festivals around the world.


The Envision festival in Costa Rica

The Envision festival in Costa Rica

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Set in a beachside jungle, the Envision Festival was created to share the cultures of North, Central and South America in a communal environment. The festival gives people a chance to unwind and relax; adopting the slogan of Viva la Experiencia, also known as Live the Experience.

There are 4 music stages, space for yoga and sacred movements such as drumming, kirtan, etc, art, plant healing, permacultures, and many others. The festival is set to create a transformational experience mixed with a tropical vacation.

At the festival, one will be able to attend workshops, enlightening lectures, yoga, live painting sessions, kids zone, musical acts and performance arts.

The festival will create a colourful and vibrant display of different cultures. Those attending the event can also take part activities such as waterfall hikes, horse riding, surfing and many more.🌳


Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

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The Rio Carnival is an annual event held before Lent, is known to be the biggest and most colourful festival in the world, where more than 2 million people crowd the streets of Rio, Brazil to take part in this grand celebration.

The parade features a street full of party goers, decorated floats, and a large number of samba schools from Rio.

The carnival is a 5 day celebration known to symbolise an event that bids farewell to all pleasures of the flesh, as it ends on the day before Ash Wednesday, where Christians are meant to abstain from bodily and materialistic pleasures.


Oktoberfest, Germany

Oktoberfest, Germany

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If you love beer and German food, the Oktoberfest is the best festival for you! Oktoberfest is an annual event which attracts over 6 million people, tourists and locals to don Bavarian attire and take part in the festivities by swigging back large mugs of beer.

The festival is an important part of Bavarian culture and is known to date back to the Middle Ages. Oktoberfest became so popular, that countries from Dubai to Sri Lanka have hosted this fun-filled, beer loving festival! 🍻🍺