20 International Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

13. Dragon Boat Festival in China

Also known as Duanwu, it’s been around for over 2000 years. It celebrates the life of the poet Qu Yuan. It is said that he drowned himself, but people raced on their boats to save him, hence the name Dragon Boat.

14. Horse Games Festival in Kyrgyzstan

Little known to tourists, it’s held in August in the Kyzyl-Oi village. You’ll see people wrestling on top of horses; men courting women, also on horses; and Ulak Tartysh, which is a type of polo.

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15. Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada

The Montreal International Jazz Festival holds the Guinness Record for the largest jazz festival in the world, so you know what to expect! Nearly 2.5 million people gather to listen to over 3000 artists from around the world.

16. Yabun Festival in Australia

Attracting over 10,000 people, Yabun is the largest single-day Indigenous festival in Australia and the best place for a taste of Aboriginal music and creativity.

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17. Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan

Hanami, which means “flower viewing” is the annual Japanese custom of watching the beauty of the sakura (cherry) trees. Older people tend to enjoy unemi, which means plum viewing.

18. International Festival of Snow and Ice Sculpture in Russia

If you like the snow, why not take it up a notch and be amazed by ice sculptures? Just head to Perm in February and enjoy this international competition!

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