The Most Colourful Festivals in the World That Must Be on Your Bucketlist!

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Every year, people add new places to their bucket list, and make sure that they go there and enjoy to the fullest. This year should be no different as it packs many colourful events to witness around the globe. Each destination is unique, and offers memories of a lifetime to everyone who has been there .

Bestival

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Photo of United Kingdom by Prerana Bharadwaj

Kick-starting the list is Bestival which stands for The Best of All Festivals. It is an award winning four-day boutique music festival held in the UK. This year, the venue is Lulworth Estate in Dorset, United Kingdom. Since 2004, it has been held annually in late summers.

Rob Da Bank, the DJ and record producer along with his wife started this event, which is  an offshoot of his Sunday best record label and club nights. This year, it is taking place from 26 - 29 July. The campsites will open on 25th at 9 am and the event will end at 2pm on 29th.

One important thing to be noted here is that nobody will be allowed to enter the campsite after the 08:30 pm on 28th July. One can reach there by their own private vehicles or book seats in the ‘Big Green Coach’. Every year the line up changes and this year it is said to be one of the best!

Oktoberfest

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Photo of Germany by Prerana Bharadwaj

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volkfest (beer festival and traveling funfair), which is held in Munich, Germany. This year, it will be held from 21st September to 6th October. Locally, this festival is known as Wiesn, and is named after the fairgrounds. It has been an important part of the Bavarian culture since 1810.

The festival starts with a parade led by Munchner kindl, followed by Lord Mayor of Munich and then by the decorated horse carriages, floats of breweries etc. After the parade at exactly 12 o'clock, the Lord Mayor opens the first beer barrel in the Schottenhammel tent. With the initial pass and the exclamation O'zapft is! ("it's tapped!"), the Oktoberfest is declared open.

Twelve gunshots are then fired on the stairway of Ruhmeshalle. This is the signal for other restaurateurs to start with the serving of beer. Another parade that people eagerly wait for takes place on the first Sunday of the festival. 8000 participants march in the parade in their historic festival costumes from the Km Maximilianeum  to the festival grounds. Tons of people gather here to drink and enjoy the exquisite beer, which is made in Germany itself.

Navratri

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Photo of India by Prerana Bharadwaj

Navratri, also known as A Circle of Ecstasy, is a nine day festival, which takes place in India. Gujarat displays the most colourful celebrations, though the festival is celebrated throughout the country. This year, the festival will take place from 29th September to 7th October.

Vadodara, the cultural capital of Gujarat, holds one of the most vibrant nine nights of Navratri. One can see people dressed up in traditional dresses and perform garba/ dandiya. Every year, Navratri celebrations see performances in music, choreography, and costumes, and enthrall audiences with their beauty. 

Dasara

Photo of Mysore, Karnataka, India by Prerana Bharadwaj

Dasara is another festival that attracts many tourists and is on the last day of Navratri. Its celebrations however, begin along with the festival of Navratri. The main attraction of the ten-day Mysore Dasara festival is the Mysore Palace, which is illuminated daily with nearly 100,000 light bulbs from 7 pm to 10 pm on all days of the festival.

Various cultural and religious programs are performed in front of the Palace, highlighting the dance, music and culture of the state of Karnataka. On the last day of Navratri i.e. Dusara, the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a golden mantapa (which is around 750 kilograms of gold) on the top of a decorated elephant.

Another major attraction during Dasara is the Dasara exhibition held in the exhibition grounds opposite to the Mysore Palace. This exhibition starts during Dasara and goes on till December. Various stalls sell items like clothes, plastic items, kitchenware, cosmetics and eatables. A play area containing attractions like a Ferris wheel is also present to provide entertainment to people.

Rann Utsav

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Photo of Rann of Kutch, Gujarat by Prerana Bharadwaj

Who would not wish to spend a night sitting on white sands and star gaze? Rann of Kutch offers this exact dreamy experience! Rann Utsav is held annually every year from November till February.

The Kutch Rann Utsav is held amid a shimmering landscape that gives enchanting moments to cherish and it feels like heaven on earth!

Booking for tents is already open. It is a carnival of music, dance, natural beauty of white Rann and much more. The true flavours of this event shine the brightest under the full moon.

Rhythm And Vines

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Photo of New Zealand by Prerana Bharadwaj

Rhythm And Vines festival is one of the best getaways for a very happening New Year party. It is an annual music festival held at Waiohika Estate vineyard, several kilometres from the city of Gisborne in New Zealand.

The festival has seen renowned acts like Angus & Julia Stone, Concord Dawn, Cut Snake, Dan Aux, Dave Dobbyn, David Dallas, Jupiter Project, P-money, Pendulum DJ Set & Verse, Peking Duk, Rl Grime, Scribe, Slumberjack, Sniffers, State of Mind, Sticky Fingers and the Black Club With Mac Mylo perform in the earlier editions. The stay in tents pitched in Vineyards is another unique experience that makes this festival all the more special.

Dubai Shopping Festival

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Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Prerana Bharadwaj

Whether you're exploring the old stores or the grandiose modern malls, there are plenty of ways to save and win during Dubai Shopping Festival. Try your luck at one of the daily raffles with prizes that include cash and even cars.

Every year, this festival attracts many tourists to the city, and its not just about shopping! Celebrity performances, fire cracker shows and more attractions make this an extraordinary event. The festival lasts from December to early February. Keep an eye on the dates, as they are yet to be declared for the next edition.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

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Photo of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China by Prerana Bharadwaj

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival gives a breathtaking view of sculptures made out of ice and snow. It is an annual winter festival that takes place with a new theme every year in Harbin, China. It is the largest ice and snow festival in the world. Every year, it starts from 5th January and continues till 28th February.

During the festival, there are ice lantern park touring activities held in many parks in the city. Winter activities during the festival include Yabuli alpine skiing, winter-swimming in the Songhua River, and the ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden.

Apart from winter recreational activities available in Harbin, these exquisitely detailed, mass-produced ice sculptures play a key role in attracting tourists from around the world to the festival. 

International Kite Festival

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Photo of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Prerana Bharadwaj

Once in a while, everybody wants to turn into a kid and enjoy carelessly. The International Kite Festival brings the opportunity to do just that! It takes place mainly in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and a smaller version of it takes place in Kutch, Gujarat during the same time in January .

There are various competitions held, food stalls are put up which serve authentic Gujarati food, while rides and games keep the kids occupied.

This world is a colourful place. These festivals highlight the positivity and meaning of every colour imaginable and add their own exotic touch. Step away from your mundane lives. Breathe in some fresh air. Set out to explore and let the colours of life blow your mind!

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