1. Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The local celebration of Yi Peng in Chiang Mai is a religious ceremony in Thai language paying homage to the Buddha. The exact date is not announced and is know only a few weeks in advance.
2. Burning Man, Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, USA
A unique and distinctive culture emerges from the Burning Man experience. Rooted in the values expressed by the Ten Principles, this culture is manifested around the globe through art, communal effort, and innumerable individual acts of self-expression. To many, it is a way of life.
3. Electric Forest Music Festival, Michigan, USA
Electric Forest Festival is a four-day multi-genre event, with a focus on electronic and jam band genres, held in Rothbury, Michigan, at the Double JJ Resort.
4. Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723.
5. Kanamara Matsuri, Japan
The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri (かなまら祭り, “Festival of the Steel Phallus”) is held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine (金山神社Kanayama-jinja?) in Kawasaki, Japan. The exact dates vary: the main festivities fall on the first Sunday in April. The penis, as the central theme of the event, is reflected in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade
6. Winter Light Festival, Japan
Those long winter days of darkness in Reykjavík are set to be illuminated magnificently at the city’s next annual Winter Lights Festival. The Winter Lights Festival, held on 5 – 8 February 2015, promises a superb collection of sparkling events, all delivered with our customary commitment to quality and diversity.
7. Agitagueda Art Festival, Agueda, Portugal
For the second July in a row, an array of brightly-coloured umbrellas hovered above the streets of Agueda, Portugal
8. La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain
La Tomatina (Spanish pronunciation: [la tomaˈtina]) is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located 30 km / 19 miles from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
9. Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium
Tomorrowland is the largest annual electronic music festival held in the world, taking place in Belgium. It used to be organized as a joint venture by the original founders together with ID&T. The festival takes place in the town of Boom, 16 kilometers south ofAntwerp, 32 kilometers north of Brussels, and has been organized since 2005. Tomorrowland has since become one of the most notable global music festivals.
10. Songkran Water Festival, Thailand
The Songkran festival (Thai: สงกรานต์, pronounced [sǒŋ.krāːn], listen; from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, or literally “astrological passage”) is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festive occasion is in keeping with the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar.
11. Wanderlust Yoga Festival, Hawaii
The Wanderlust Festival is a four-day celebration of health, music, yoga and nature. The festival brings together thousands of people from diverse backgrounds to experience transformation. Wanderlust provides people the opportunity to follow their spirit of adventure in breathtaking outdoor settings, to enjoy the freedom of live music and to bring their yoga practice to new heights.
12. Ultra Music Festival, Miami, USA
Ultra Music Festival is an electronic music festival that takes place in March in Miami, United States. Founded in 1999 by Alex Omes and Russell Faibisch, the festival is named after Depeche Mode’s 1997 album, Ultra. People from all corners of the world flock to Miami to listen to the music of the best DJs in the world.