20 International Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

One of the best parts about international travel is getting to attend festivals wherever you go. Attending festivals is a great way to immerse yourself in your destination’s culture – plus, it’s just plain fun. Here are 20 festivals to add to your travel bucket list:

1. Carnival all over Brazil

A time of costumes, parties and debauchery (sort of)! The whole country forgets about its problems and dances the night (and day) away!

2. Kumbh Mela in India

One of the largest religious festivals in the world, Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage, where many people bathe in the Ganges to cleanse themselves of all sins.

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3. Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico

The Day of the Dead is a festival where people gather to pray for and remember their friends and family who have died.

4. Tet in Vietnam

Tet is actually the New Year based on the Chinese calendar, but it’s widely celebrated in Vietnam. Vietnamese families get together and traveling becomes hell, so you might as well stay!

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Kobby Dagan / Shutterstock.com

5. Yi Peng in Thailand

The Festival of the Lights where people pay respect to Buddha. It is said that when the lanterns are released, they end misfortune and bad luck.

6. Summer Solstice in England

Pagans, druids and hippies from all over England gather around Stonehenge to enjoy the longest day of the year during the Summer Solstice.

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