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5 Most Popular World Festivals and Events in 2017

January 12 2017
Oktoberfest Germany

A list of must-visit festivals and events across the globe in 2017

Many of us harbour the desire to see as much of the world as possible. Making the decision of where to go in order to get the maximum out of your precious time can be a daunting prospect. We make that a simple affair with our top picks.

Oktoberfest (Germany)

This 18-day folk festival is held in Munich, Germany, every year and runs from late September to early October. It is also the world’s largest fair, registering more than 5 million attendees and is considered an important part of Bavarian culture. Its primary nature is that of a beer festival, with amusement rides, side stalls and games also forming part of the festivities. Apart from booze, visitors can also enjoy traditional German food and other Bavarian delicacies.

Mardi Gras (USA)

Mardi Gras (also known as ‘Fat Tuesday’) is held every year in New Orleans, Louisiana, in February over a period of two weeks. The celebrations begin after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and end a day before Ash Wednesday.

The massive and famous masquerade parades are led by ‘Kings’ and ‘Queens’ followed by brightly-coloured floats that are manned by ‘krewes’ throwing trinkets to the crowds. Mardi Gras Day is the culmination of this mayhem marked by feasts full of rich, fatty foods - a stark contrast to the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins the next day.

Rio Carnival (Brazil)

It should suffice to say that this is the world’s biggest carnival. The Rio Carnival is an annual occurrence, which takes place in the month of February before the Christian month of Lent. The carnival spreads over 4 days attracting around a million people each year.

The Sambodromo Parade is its main event featuring samba schools from the neighbourhood competing for the title of the ‘Best Samba School’. This mega event comprises of fancy costumes, fancier floats and Brazilian women, dancing to the traditional tunes of samba.

The Palio di Siena

Il Palio (Italy)

Unlike most on this list, the II Palio (also known as Palio di Siena) is a horse race held biannually (in July and August). Ten bareback riders dressed in appropriate colours and their mounts; represent ten of the seventeen city wards. The venue for the race is the Piazza del Campo, around which three laps are covered, in a race that usually doesn’t last for more than 90 seconds. These jockeys are traditional rivals, so it is common to see violence during the race with more than a few horses crossing the finish line alone.

La Tomatina (Spain)

Do you like tomatoes? Yes? You’ll love this one. As you might have already guessed, the festival is all about tomatoes. Held in the Valencian town of Bunol, Spain, during August, this festival consists of participants throwing ripe tomatoes at each other purely for fun. By the time it’s over, the streets turn slimy and red with tomato paste, all under an hour.

No matter where you plan to go this year, don’t forget to get a comprehensive international travel insurance for your trip. Not only will it offer protection against any untoward incident but also offer a peace of mind and enable you to enjoy more.

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