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The 6 cultural festivals worldwide that you cannot miss 

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People travel for different reasons like taking part in cultural festivals worldwide or to take on an adventure. Some travellers want to try new foods and meet new people.whatever reason you have for travelling, it’s amazing to get out there and see the world. A great immersive opportunity to get involved with is a cultural festival.

Whatever reasons you have for travelling, it’s amazing to get out there and see the world. A great immersive opportunity to get involved with is a cultural festival. And around the world, there is plenty to discover.

The best cultural festivals worldwide


Starting with India, and then exploring elsewhere in the world, we’ll highlight some of the best cultural festivals worldwide you can get involved with. Check them out:

1.Festival of Holi

 Arguably one of India’s better-known religious celebrations, the Festival of Holi – often referred to as the festival of colour – has spread across the world. Although to experience the true cultural significance, you should visit India and their spectacular celebrations.

Cultural festivals Worldwide

                                                          Festival of Holi. 

Image Credits- Wikimedia

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season and typically lasts for two days. Although it celebrates religious myths and legends, Holi is best known for the main event where people throw scented coloured powder and perfume at each other.

2. Pongal Harvest Festival

As one of the biggest annual harvest celebrations, Pongal celebrations mark a period of plenty, peace and happiness. It’s held in Tamil Nadu in January. As this page on Indian festivals explains, ‘Pongal’ means the ‘boiling over’ of rice and milk – so prepare yourself for plenty of delicious food. After all, India is known for its amazing cuisine.


Pongal is one of the greatest festivals worldwide.Image Creds-Wikimedia

3.National Cheese Festival

 If food is your thing, there are so many festivals to choose from. We’ve opted for Spain’s National Cheese Festival in Trujillo, which boasts over 300 different types of cheese. What’s more, as Escape Here say, the festival also holds a variety of workshops, tasting sessions and demonstrations. It’s no surprise that it attracts upwards of 100,000 international cheese-lovers, Truly, this is one of the greatest cultural festivals worldwide.


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                       National Cheese Festival.Image Creds- Pixabay

4.Naadam Festival

 In Mongolia, there’s an ancient cultural spectacle dominated by performances of archery, wrestling and bareback horse riding. Held in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, it offers a unique insight into the Mongolian way of life. Naadam Festival is closely related to the history and culture of the culture.

Nadaam Festival

Nadaam Festival. Creds- Wikimedia

As this blog on the history says, it celebrates the many talents of the people, including strength, movement and flexibility revealed in their wrestling skills, their eye-sight and hand-orientation is shown in their spear-throw and archery skills, and patience and bravery in their horse training skills. Be prepared to be impressed.



 It might not have religious significance, but Glastonbury has arguably become a cultural event for many people. The most popular music festival in the world takes place in the British countryside and attracts thousands of people every year. In fact, tickets sell out in minutes. Expect crowds, mud and some of the best live music you’ll ever hear.


Glastonbury Festival.Creds- Coco Magazine

6.St Patrick’s Day

 An important cultural and religious celebration, St Patrick’s Day marks the death of the foremost patron saint of Ireland. On the 17th March, you could have an absolutely great time celebrating in a way only the Irish can. However, some experts suggest heading to the US, where some people might just care more about being Irish than the Irish themselves.

Image result for Wikimedia images of St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day. Creds- Wikimedia

 Highlights include the green-stained river in Chicago, the famous parade in New York and the huge crowds in Boston, where 16% of residents claim Irish origins.


What cultural events have you attended around the world? Share your recommendations and experiences with us.

16 thoughts on “The 6 cultural festivals worldwide that you cannot miss 

  1. Indrani

    While I have experienced the first 2 the last 4 are entirely new to me. It will be an worthwhile experience attending them.
    So much of planning is required to time the visit to witness the rituals. May be I will consciously include in my next trip.

  2. ambujsaxena05

    I had not heard about the Cheese festival. I think Holi and pongal are absolutely brilliant for travelers to experience and I would say that among Indian festivals, even Diwali might have included but I guess you have captured the global culture very well in this post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nicole Anderson

    Love this list! I haven’t had the opportunity to witness any of these as yet and would really love to. Each of them looks so interesting and fun.

  4. ding

    The Naadam Festival in mogolia is in my list which I would like to experience. It looks like this festival is really cool to experience in the near future. 🙂

  5. Neha Verma

    A nice list. Although if I were to compile a list of 5 best festivals around the world, it would be really very hard to do. There are just so many and each one is wonderful in it’s own way. And has some significance of it’s own.

  6. nicolepaler

    OMG. National Cheese Festival? Where do I sign up? I would love to come as I am a cheese lover, and I’m pretty sure that where there’s cheese… There’s also a bit of wine <3

  7. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    What a great list of festivals worldwide. I love how you were able to came up with all these interesting festivals worldwide. Some on your list are actually not familiar and I have just heard about it. I hope I can enjoy and experience one these festivals. I also love how you were able to elucidate about these festivals and they all seemed to really worth a visit and experience it. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  8. Milton Coyne

    Yay! of all the festivals you have listed here.. i was able to attend the holi festival… not in India though.. it was really fun that I even had a chance to try the indian cuisine and I wouldn’t mind attending the event next year!

  9. Angelie

    I didn’t know there’s a cheese festival! I am a bug cheese lover! Now I have to add that festival on my bucketlist. I’m pretty sure I’ll have the time of my life in that festival. 😊

  10. Marge Gavan

    I attended the Holi Festival in my country, it was held by the Indians who are living here. I remember it being fun, my friends and I loved playing with them colorful powders lol. But I think it’s nothing compared with the one being held in India and that’s what I am aiming to attend next time. I got to experience the real deal.

    I’d love to attend a St. Patrick’s Day, I think it’s quite cute!

  11. mumwrites (@vixquips)

    I love joining festivals, there is so much joy and happiness in the air. I sure hope I can join one of these, each festival is as colorful and interesting as the next one. We hold several festivals locally, and I try to participate whenever I can. It is a great opportunity to expose the little ones to our rich and colorful culture and, hopefully, pass on the heritage to them that they may continue to keep these beautiful traditions alive for generations to come.

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