Bucket List: Festivals Around The World

It’s been a while since a wrote a bucket list post, but as festival season is upon us this seemed like the PERFECT chance.

Now, I’m going to admit something to you that I probably shouldn’t admit to anyone. I have never ever been to a festival…

When I was younger the thought of being in a massive massive crowd of people scared me to no end. Put that alongside the thought of not being able to use a proper toilet, shower or do my hair in the morning and going to a festival was pretty much at the top of the ‘Nope List’. 

Now, I quite like the idea of donning some wellies, pitching up a tent and listening to incredible music for the weekend. Providing I can still sort of hide away from the pushing and shoving of the crowds, I think I’d be pretty content. Not to mention the fact I can dress up in all the festival gear, rock spacebuns and cover myself in glitter.

With that in mind, I thought I’d do some research into festivals across the world (not just music festivals), to see which ones I REALLY want to go to some point in my life…

Oktoberfest, Germany

There’s not a lot that I love more than beer and good food and Germany has them both, especially when it comes to Oktoberfest, the biggest beer festival in the world. Created by the Bavarian king Ludwig I to celebrate his marriage in 1810, I am determined to celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany at some point in my life.

Sure, celebrating in a giant tent in London is SUPER FUN, but nothing beats the real thing, right?  

Cochella, California

I know, I know. It’s the ultimate cliche festival, but can’t a girl want to give into the hype?

With great headliners each year, incredible Instagram opportunities and what looks like a whole load of fun - Cochella is definitely on my list of festivals I want to visit.

Songkran, Thailand 

Songkran is the celebration of the Thai New Year, where for four days each year tourists and locals will gather to take part in the ultimate water fight. I am a sucker for a good water fight and this sounds incredible, from the cultural celebrations to the fun of getting absolutely soaked by strangers. I’m so tempted, I’ve been looking at a Destination2 holiday to Thailand to see if I can plan going next year!

Day of the Dead, Mexico 

I LOVE Day of the Dead and the culture surrounding the celebrations, so to be able to go would definitely be crossing something off my bucket list. In Mexico, November 2 becomes a festive day because, as they say, it is when the dead ”have permission” to visit their relatives and friends. In order to be good hosts people decorate their houses with flowers, lay out gorgeous spreads of food and play music into to the night.

The whole idea of your ancestors coming back to visit is so lovely to me, that I think this whole celebration is something truly magical.

Holi Festival, India

I accidentally ended up at a Holi event in Poland a while back and the whole experience throwing coloured powder into massive groups of people was actually really, really fun. Celebrating the arrival of Spring in India, the Holi Festival of Colours is filled with colour, incredible food and music. What more could you want from a festival?

Mardi Gras, New Orleans

Although I’m visiting New Orleans in 2019, I won’t be there for Mardi Gras - which literally translates to which means “fat Tuesday” in French, reflecting the practice of eating rich and fatty foods before fasting during Lent.

There’s a massive carnival, lots of costumes and even more drinking. PERFECT.

What festivals around the world do you want to visit? 

Kirsty Leanne





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1 Comment

  1. June 18, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Love this list! I was the same when I was younger, going to a festival filled me with dread but now I like the idea of going to one abroad. I want to go to Oktoberfest, Mardi Gras and Coachella too. They all sound like so much fun!

    Emily x http://puttheworldtowrites.co.uk/