Festivals and carnivals are the unique and special way to experience and understand a new place. There are several hundred festivals celebrated every month across the world. Whether you are looking for a glamorous film festival or an international music festival or any cultural and religious festival, there is one for every tourist. With this post, we have tried to put together a collection of the best carnivals around the world.
- When: February
- Where: Nice, France
The two-week festival is held in February in Nice on the French Riviera. A special theme is selected every year where the cultural artists create 18 floats and several other figurines. The giant, colorful parade take place day and night and over 1000 dancers and musicians across the world entertain people.
- When: February
- Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With over 2 million people per day on the streets, the Rio carnival is considered as the biggest in the world.Tickets for the Sambadromo stadium are quite expensive and start at $60 where you can enjoy the shows of various samba schools. However, the street parties are free for everyone. The carnival is celebrated for five days with various floats, dance performances by the dancers dressed in beautiful costumes, and music by famous bands. A lot of tourist around the world visit Rio during the festival.
CARNIVAL OF SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE
- When: February
- Where: Santa Cruz and other places in Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife carnival is considered world’s second largest and most popular carnival, after the one in Rio. The festival is celebrated in two parts—the official Carnival and the Carnival on the street. More than a hundred groups perform that include murals, rondallas, comparas, and other musical bands in the official carnival. The loosely organized street carnival is where people gather on the streets to participate and celebrate the fest.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CARNIVAL
- When: February to March
- Where: Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad
The Trinidad and Tobago carnival are held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Not just a religious festival and celebration, the carnival is symbolic of the island’s culture, music, and intense history. The festival is best known for its Soca music (a genre of Caribbean music), costume, stick fighting, and limbo competitions.
BERLIN CARNIVAL OF CULTURES
- When: May
- Where: Berlin, Germany
The carnival was first celebrated in 1996 in Berlin, the capital city of Germany. The four-day long spring festival celebrates the cultural diversity of its inhabitants. People across the world visit Berlin to be a part of this festival, taste international cuisines, enjoy traditional dance, music and street parade.So, this time Plan for a trip to Berlin during the summer holidays.
- When: August
- Where: Valencia, Spain
La Tomatina is an annual festival held in Bunol, a town in Valencia, Spain where participants throw tomatoes at each other. In 1945, two men, indulged in political protest, started throwing tomatoes at people in many places, though more as enjoyment than protest. Since then, it has been held on the last Wednesday of August. However, there are certain rules and restrictions that have gone through many revisions over the years. The festival is so famous that people plan short tours to be a part of the celebrations.
Carnivals are a worldwide phenomenon where there is an outburst of tradition, and the parade, dance, and music provides an amazing entertainment for the locals as well as the travelers.