2019 is almost over, so you know what that means: it’s time to start planning out your 2020 travel calendar. All over the world are incredible sights and sounds to experience, but there’s no better way to enjoy a new destination than by timing your travel to a grand event. Last time on the blog, we talked about ‘Glorious Festival Outfits You Won’t Want to Miss’. If you’re looking for a chance to wear these cute looks, then you’re in luck. Here’s a list of five of the greatest festivals around the world that you definitely need to experience before you kick the bucket.
United States of America – Burning Man
An annual event held in the Nevada desert, Burning Man is a nine-day gathering that’s pretty hard to describe. Usually held the week prior to and including the Labor Day weekend, Burning Man is a celebration of art, music, and spirituality— and also includes a lot of communal living and partying. No money is exchanged during the festival proper, so festivalgoers are expected to bring their own food, supplies, and shelter. The theme for 2020 is the multiverse, so expect things to get a lot trippier and more fun.
The Philippines – Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival
The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines is one of the most hotly-anticipated music and arts events in the country. Entering its 10th year in 2020, it’s two to three days to experience the work of incredible musical and visual artists, appreciate the culture of the local indigenous people the Mangyan, and enjoy the gorgeous vistas and sparkling blue waters of the island. Notable acts over the years have included Joss Stone, Jose Gonzalez, and local acts Cynthia Alexander and Up Dharma Down.
Brazil – Carnival
The world’s most famous festival, Brazil’s Carnival is an incredible event that brings the whole country to a halt. Spanning the whole weekend from the Friday before Shrove Tuesday to Ash Wednesday, the Carnival features incredible costumes, music, dancing, and debauchery as the country gears up for the somber days of Lent. Witness the incredible costumes and jaw-dropping performances of Brazil’s best samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, which they prepare throughout the year.
The United Kingdom – World of Music, Arts & Dance (WOMAD)
Held every June in the United Kingdom, the World of Music, Arts & Dance or WOMAD Festival is one of the best places in the world to experience world music. The festival encourages the breaking down of boundaries through art, music, and dance, and has led to some one-of-a-kind collaborations including Echo & the Bunnymen playing with the Drummers of Burundi in 1982, or when Mali’s Tinariwen played with members of TV On the Radio in 2010.
India, Nepal, and Pakistan – Holi
Set for March 9 to 10 in 2020, Holi or the Festival of Colors is one of Hinduism’s holiest festivals. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and the destruction of the evil goddess Holika, as well as to give thanks for the end of winter. The festival comes in two parts: the first is the Holika Dahan, when people perform religious rituals before a bonfire to symbolize cleansing, and the next morning’s Holi, a wild free-for-all that includes water balloons, water guns, and powders of every color.