Celebrating birthdays and anniversaries are fun to me. But what’s even more exciting than that? Celebrating with a vast community through festivals. I love festivals because it warms my heart to see people just having fun in the streets or public places. I can see colors everywhere and tourists getting excited to take pictures.
Around the world, there are obviously a lot of beautiful festivals. But, let’s start with Asia first. The gigantic continent of Asia, I think, has the most colorful and authentic festivals. Various cultures are well-preserved, no matter how eccentric it is. Take note of these festivals you have to add in your bucketlist!
Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnam)
“Feast of the First Morning of the First Day” is the meaning of Tet Nguyen Dan. But, people commonly refer to it as Tet for a shorter term. Tet is known as a celebration of the Vietnamese New Year, also considered as the most important event in Vietnam. Moreover, it celebrates the first day of spring in the Vietnamese calendar. It happens within the first two months of the actual year. Colors of red and gold fill the streets, landscapes and horizon.
Ati-Atihan Festival (Philippines)
Personally, I already experienced this festival in the Philippines. And I have to say – everybody had so much fun drinking in the streets and dancing to the beat of the drums in the parade – even at the same time! The street dancers were body-painted in black with streaks of bright colors on their faces. Then, they wear colorful headdresses and costumes out of recyclable materials. The aura of people in the streets was so festive and all-around joyful that it was infectious, even to tourists like me. The Ati-Atihan Festival is celebrated in Kalibo, Aklan on the third Sunday of January.
Boryeong Mud Festival (South Korea)
South Korea’s Boryeong Mud Festival is probably the most sought-after festival of tourists in the country. It may look dirty, but the mud used in the festival is clean and even beneficial to the skin. Mud is transported from mud flats in Boryeong to the beach area of Daecheon. This annual festival started after the tremendous success of the marketing event for Boryeong mud cosmetics. The highlight of this festival falls on the second weekend of July.
Dragon Boat Festival (China)
When you’re looking for a dazzling wow factor in a festival, try to visit China’s Dragon Boat Festival. The big, colorful and creative dragon boats have intricate designs that are out-of-this-world. This festival celebrates in different days every year. For 2017, this Chinese celebration occurs on May 30.
Hotheaded people are not fit for this festival. But, I find it hilarious how a person can lose his temper during Songkran because water is splashed and poured all over the place. It’s like a “wet and wild” party in the streets. I think joining the celebration is refreshing. Book a ticket to Thailand for the April 13th festival to relive your childhood memories again with a water gun. How awesome is that!
Obviously, there are other beautiful festivals aside from my top five. But, it is better if you start with a few ones. After all, overseas travel is something you have to think about and prepare for. I personally love these five festivals because they are colorful, unique, fun, eccentric and tourist-friendly.