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There are so many festivals around the world. We cannot be everywhere at the same time, but conveniently enough there are so many festivals that are held annually, even for those who are the most difficult-to-please.
Here are some of them:
Although it began as strictly American film festival, it is now the largest independent film festival in the US for feature films and shorts from all around the world. If I lived somewhere closer than 9,695 km from Utah I would buy a ticket straight away.
2) Magh Mela:Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe in the Sangam at a festival whose duration is 44 days long. Still, the day known as "Mauni Amavasya" is considered the most auspicious and holy day to do so.
3) Rio de Janeiro:
The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is far from being an underground one, so probably you wouldn't have heard it from me first. But hey, there is no way I am skipping it because of that. Full of colours and a crazy buzz, just begging you to grab your camera, pack light and go visit. I would recommend that you combine the trip (February or March) with the summer Olympic games next year. Talk to your bosses to give you a 5-6 month creative-leave. Or offer to change offices there.
4) Pingxi Lantern Festival:
People write their wishes on fire lanterns and release them into the piece of sky which belongs to Thailand en masse, creating a beautiful spectacle of floating lights. If you really like it then in the midst of summer (August) you can hop to Japan and see the Obon Festival, in which families release floating lanterns into the water to represent their ancestors’ spirits being sent off.
If you missed all those then don't worry, because there is a place on Earth which explodes in colour without any festivals - India. But on this one day things really get out of control.
5) Holi festival - Hindus and Sikh, in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka celebrate the main day of this incredibly fun 16-day religious festival by throwing colored powder and water at each other. See, there is water and there is colour. I'd leave my camera behind for this one and just mix with the locals and throw colours at.
6) Glastonbury Festival: It is a five-day music festival that takes place somewhere called Somerset in England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. Now, I even have got company for this one, so, see you there?
7) Oktoberfest: Don't know about you but I am a huge beer fan. Just the right excuse to pop in Germany this year to look around and immerse in the foamy elixir.