1 | Holi (Festival of Colours), Hindu World. Holi is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Celebrations begin with the lighting of a bonfire on Holi Eve. Then, revellers proceed to throw colored powder absolutely everywhere to spread cheer and share joy with everyone across all social groups.
2 | Winter Light Festival - Kuwana City, Japan. With over 7 million LED lights, the Nabana No Sato botanical garden celebrates winter in elegant style. Most of the park is powered by batteries charged with solar panels during the day, minimising the effect of the celebrations on the environment.
3 | La Tomatina - Buñol, Spain. Legend has it that tomato throwing began in 1945 when locals pelted the vegetables at troublesome woodland creatures and missed, hitting each other. Now, in August, 20,000 revellers throw more than 150,000 tomatoes at each other in a single day, just for the heck of it.
4 | Lantern Festivals - Asia. The Lantern Festival has been celebrated since ancient times on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar.Those of Chinese and Vietnamese origin descend on temples, with thousands of lanterns embellished with complex but beautiful designs. At the end of the night, the lanterns fly away in a magnificent spectacle which symbolises letting go of your past self.
5 | Garma Festival - Australia. Garma Festival is a celebration held by the Yolngu people, native Australians.The festival is designed to encourage the practice, preservation and maintenance of traditional dance, songs, art and ceremony. It also aims to share the knowledge and culture of the Yolngu with those lucky enough to be invited.
6 | Elephant Festival - Jaipur, India. Elephants are an important part of Indian culture and in March, they are celebrated in their own festival. It all begins with a procession of elephants dressed in magnificent costumes and covered in extravagant jewelry.Events include elephant polo, races, and tug-of-war.
7 | Day of the Dead - Mexico. Day of the Dead or “Dia De Los Muertos” is a Mexican holiday where people get together to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed away.The holiday itself dates back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival.The celebration includes elaborate costumes and a smorgasbord of traditional foods.
8 | White Nights Festival - Saint Petersburg, Russia. White Nights is an international arts festival held during the arctic season when the sun is still visible at midnight.Part of the event is the Scarlet Sails, in which a ship with red sails sets off along the Neva River, accompanied by fireworks, entertainers, and an audience of millions.The tradition began after World War II, when students united to celebrate the end of the school year.The event soon became a demonstration of freedom from school and conformity against a backdrop of totalitarian communist rule.
9 | Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) - Peru. During the days of the Inca Empire, the Festival of the Sun was one of the most important times of the year. The ceremony pays respects to Inti, the sun god. Since 1944, Peru has hosted a theatrical representation of the procession every June in honour of the ancient Inca people, attracting thousands of participants.
10 | Albuquerque International Balloon Festival - USA. The largest balloon festival in the world sees more than 750 hot air balloons assemble for nine days of festivities.The Fiesta began in 1972 when 13 balloons assembled as a birthday celebration for 770 KOB Radio.We promise that you’ll have a sore neck by the time the party is over.