The unofficial launch of fall is here, and along with it comes Fall Festivals! Some of my favorite things about fall are football, leaf-peeping, wearing boots, and attending fall festivals. (If you are looking for some great fall festivals, here are some options in Colorado for you.) With festivals on my mind, I thought sharing about a few festivals around the world would be fun. If you are inspired to experience a cultural immersion like no other, then look no further than visiting a destination during a festival. Here are some captivating festivals that will immerse you in the vibrant cultures and traditions of different countries.
Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Known as the “Greatest Show on Earth,” Rio Carnival is an enchanting explosion of music, dance, and extravagant costumes. Join millions of revelers in the streets as the city comes alive with samba rhythms, colorful parades, and electrifying energy. Lose yourself in the contagious joy and contagious spirit of this world-renowned celebration. It’s perfect to extend your trip to Rio by visiting the amazing Iguazú Falls and then Buenos Aires. If the thought of “millions of revelers” is too much for you, consider joining in the fun in one of the Caribbean islands Carnival like Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, or Aruba.
Dia de los Muertos – Mexico City, Mexico
Experience the awe-inspiring Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City and surrounding smaller towns and villages where tradition and remembrance take center stage. Marvel at intricately designed altars adorned with marigolds, enjoy traditional cuisine, and witness captivating processions honoring departed loved ones. This vibrant and deeply cultural celebration offers a unique perspective on life and death. While you are in Mexico City, it’s ideal to round out your trip with a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum, see the Pyramids of Teotihuacan by hot air balloon, and enjoy a morning on the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco.
Holi – Mathura, India
Prepare to be drenched in a kaleidoscope of colors during the exuberant festival of Holi in Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Join in the joyful chaos as locals and visitors alike engage in friendly water fights and throw vibrant powdered dyes, creating a spectacular riot of hues. Get ready for an unforgettable, playful, and truly Instagram-worthy experience!
Continue the joy with a wellness retreat at one of India’s famous resorts like Six Senses Vana.
La Tomatina – Buñol, Spain
Prepare to get messy at La Tomatina, the world’s largest food fight held in the picturesque town of Buñol. Armed with tomatoes, join thousands of participants in a friendly battle where the streets turn into a sea of red. Release your inhibitions, embrace the chaos, and create unforgettable memories amidst laughter and tomato-filled madness! Visit Buñol after a few nights in historical Madrid and before relaxing on the Mediterranean in Valencia.
Songkran – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Escape the summer heat and welcome the Thai New Year with a splash! Songkran, also known as the Water Festival, is a time for playful water fights and cleansing rituals. Take part in lively parades, visit temples, and douse fellow revelers with water as a symbol of purification and good fortune. This joyous celebration is sure to leave you refreshed and invigorated.
Complete your Thailand trip with a few days in Bangkok and immerse yourself in some of the best food tours you can imagine, then unwind on one of their stunning beach resorts such as the Four Seasons Koh Samui for a few days.
Heiva Festival – Tahiti, French Polynesia
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of French Polynesia at the vibrant Heiva Festival in Tahiti. This incredible celebration showcases the traditional dance, music, and arts of the Polynesian islands. Be captivated by the mesmerizing rhythms of the drums, the graceful movements of dancers adorned in elaborate costumes, and the keenly contested sports competitions. Indulge in delicious local cuisine, explore traditional crafts, and participate in the infectious exuberance that engulfs the island during this enchanting festival. And finish your trip with an over-the-water-bungalow stay on Bora Bora.
These festivals offer a unique opportunity to connect with different cultures, forge new friendships, and broaden your perspectives. Let the festivities begin! We can create a trip for you centered around a festival and also include getting away from the crowds to enjoy some rest and relaxation before returning home. Do you have a festival or celebration you’ve always wanted to experience firsthand? Let us know! Contact us today to get started with your planning.