The world is full of fun and crazy people, with hundreds of different cultures and traditions so we are bound to have even crazier and fun-filled festivals.
This list of weird, wonderful and craziest festivals is a celebration of the eccentric human spirit, a tribute to the art of turning the boring into something brilliant. This list features some of the craziest, messiest or most colorful festivals and events ever, which have gathered millions of people from all around the world. Prepare yourself for some cultural shock!!
Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Thailand
It is one of the most beautiful festivals that is there. Chiang Mai people release thousands of lighted lanterns in the sky while making a wish. The sky transforms itself in a wonderful and surreal sea of little lanterns floating away. The spectacle is mesmerizingly magical. It is a religious ceremony where homage is paid to Lord Buddha. Many events are held during the festival like traditional Thai dance, fireworks show, Grand Yi Peng Parade, beauty pageants etc.
Albuquerque Balloon Festival, USA
It is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the USA during early October. It is the world’s largest hot air balloon festival with over 500 participants. Walking among the moving picture show of hot air balloons lifting gently through the crisp air is like a dream. Mass ascensions, when many hundreds of balloons lift off into the morning sky are truly a sight to watch out for.
Of all of the things that a festival could celebrate, tuna fish has got to be one of the weirder. The annual festival is held in honor of Port Lincoln’s biggest industry; tuna fishing and farming. It includes tuna themed street parades, slippery pole competitions, and fireworks. But the main event is the World Championship Tuna Toss competition. Nonetheless, it is a crowd puller and is one of the popular festivals of Australia.
Cherry Blossom Lantern Festival, Japan
Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, is home to some of the most beautiful festivals in the world. The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular festivals in the country. Japan celebrates the entire season of the cherry blossoms, with festivals in every part of the country. You can expect to see a lot during the cherry blossom festival aside from cherry blossoms and parades like colorful helium balloons, marching bands, celebrity entertainers, elaborate floats, and performers. It is a huge scenic festival with people flocking in huge numbers.
Holi- the festival of colors, India
It is one of the major festivals in India, and it is the most vibrant and colorful ones. It is celebrated with much enthusiasm throughout the nation. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter. It is a free-for-all carnival of colors, as the people throw powder colors and colored water at each other and have tons of fun. The fun and frolic in this festival have no bounds.
White Nights Festival, Russia
The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun. It consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians, and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. A series of carnivals take place during the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. The largest and most internationally renowned carnival takes place in the Peterhof suburb of St. Petersburg. It is one of the most interesting festivals in the world and is definitely worth a visit for all especially the romantic at heart.
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico
Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism. The most familiar symbol of Dia de Los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. The days of the dead are truly a celebration of life. When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle of life and to not fear death and then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment. It is a pretty significant and wise festival.
Saint Patrick’s Day – Ireland
It is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. It is one of the biggest festivals native to Ireland, and it is filled with fun and joy. The St. Patrick’s Day attracts thousands of visitors from around the world adding to the humongous home crowd.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, China
It is famed to be the world’s largest ice sculpture festival in the whole wide world. Many of the statues are intricately designed. The work going into making these exhibits is astounding, and their size and beauty are amazing. At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the structures. The beauty of such massive sculptures is just astoundingly brilliant.
La Tomatina, Spain
No list of crazy festivals is complete without the La Tomatina. It is a fun-filled festival in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.