Breathtaking festivals and important holidays worth traveling for

Holiday is a day of a specific cultural and religious significance for many individuals, governments and religious groups. If you’re a party animal, there are some holidays and festivals around the world that you just need to participate in at least once.

Burning Man festival

Burning Man is deemed as a cultural movement or a community, rather than a festival, but nevertheless, it is a spectacle where thousands of people gather in the Nevada desert to express their individuality and create art. People gather in the desert to create a Black Rock City, an imaginary metropolis dedicated to self-expression and radical self-reliance.  

The purpose of this annual event is to connect individuals to their creative powers and to create a world of nature that exists beyond society. It is supposed to produce positive spiritual vibrations, and people who have attended these gatherings have claimed that it was a truly unique experience. The name of the event came from the ritual burning of a huge wooden effigy, which occurs on a Saturday evening.

The only way to acquire goods and services is to trade with other people. Traditional vehicles are banned from the event, and people use art cars for transport.

The White Nights Festival

Every year the city of St. Petersburg becomes the stomping ground for visitors around the world who come to the event to witness the city’s cultural richness under the never-setting sun. White Nights is a natural phenomenon that occurs around both poles during the summer months. Although many countries celebrate the summer solstice in their own way, the former Russian capital takes the celebration one step further.

The festival brings together culture, arts, and music, as the streets of St. Petersburg come alive with showcases by some of the world’s most talented artists. Visitors can enjoy a month-long calendar of classical music performances and concerts held at the esteemed Mariinsky Theatre.

During the event, tourists can visit some of the St. Petersburg’s most elite museums and art galleries. The culminating event is the Scarlet Sails celebration, known for the spectacular fireworks display. This part of the tradition began after WWII when schools assembled to celebrate the end of the school year.

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the dead)

Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday that originated in central Mexico and is celebrated around the world in other cultures. Families unite believing that the souls of all family members who have died will come down from heaven to reunite with their loved ones.  Families make colorful altars, decorated with flowers, to honor their loved ones.

The festivity begins at the cemetery, where families gather to celebrate the lives of ones who are no longer with us. They play music and bring favorite dishes of the dearly departed to share the celebration with them. On this day, families try to include the dead in the recognition as they are awakened from their eternal sleep to celebrate with their loved ones.

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