The Holi month is upon us. As we gear up to celebrate the spring festival of colours, and of bounty, let’s take a look at festivals across the world. From harvest festivals to cultural ones and ones with a spiritual significance, let’s open up a veritable bucket list of amazing world festivals.
Dia de Muertos, Mexico
This Mexican festival is literally the Day of the Dead, a day when Mexicans honor their ancestors by decorating graves with everything from Mexican marigolds to their favorite toys and drinks.
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Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, Harbin
This festival, held in the biting cold of January in China, is a month-long exhibition of ice sculptures. Begun in 1963, the festival also has activities like winter swimming and ice lantern exhibitions.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Another pre-Lent celebration, the festival—which translates to Fat Tuesday—is a larger-than-life celebration with roots that can be traced to medieval Europe. From music to parades and floats, the feast is all about color and joy.
Carnival, Rio de Janeiro
The 10-day festival that precedes Lent is one of the
biggest celebrations on the planet, with over 2 million
people on the Rio streets every day. Absolutely not to be
missed are the samba school parades.