10. Full Moon Party, Thailand
The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that originated in Haad Rin beach on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night of, before or after every full moon. The first Full Moon Party was improvised at a Paradise Bungalows on the beach in 1985, for giving thanks to about 20–30 travelers.The parties gained fame through word of mouth, It is mostly attended by tourists. As many as 30,000 people. Revellers drop in to bars and clubs along the beach to dance and indulge in liquor sold in buckets. The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year. Its attractions include fire skipping ropes, alcohol "buckets", and drugs. There is a very wide spectrum of music ranging from trance, to drum and bass, to reggae. There are several huge sound systems along the beach, and partiers can hear a range of music from R&B to trance and house. Although these parties have been associated with drug use, authorities on the island are reportedly cleaning up the celebrations. The success of the Full Moon Party prompted the creation of "Half Moon", "Quarter Moon", and other parties but these parties(Except Full Moon Party) were banned afterwards to stop the noise pollution which has become a constant source of irritation for the islanders.
9. La Tomatina, Spain
La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain 30 km(19 miles) from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 It has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol. Festivities begin in the town square where there is a huge pole covered in soap and with a leg of ham at the top. Participants try to scramble up the pole to retrieve the ham as onlookers throw buckets of water on the crowd from balconies above. After a gun is fired to signal the beginning of the fight, huge trucks carrying tomatoes appear. People grab their ammunition and pelt each other in the streets until the pistol sounds again, marking the end of the event.
8. Carnival of Ivrea(Battle of Oranges), Italy
The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy. This annual carnival celebrates the city’s liberation from a baron who starved citizens during Medieval times. As the story goes, a miller’s daughter roused the town to revolt and drive out the baron. The event, which takes place the week before Lent, is perhaps best known for its raucous Battle of the Oranges. Teams gather in the city’s main squares to re-enact the citizen’s rebellion by lobbing oranges at one another. Anyone can join a team to participate, but you might want to wear your raincoat and Wellies.
7. Holi, India
Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. Holi is a two-day festival which starts on the Full Moon day which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March. The two-day event commemorates the legend of Prahlad, a devotee of the god Vishnu, who escaped unharmed from the fire of the evil Holika Dahan. Revellers mark the event by lighting bonfires, throwing perfumed colored powder on one another and partying wildly. Children load colored water into toy pistols called pichkari and take aim at passersby. Holi is known as a joyous celebration of the triumph of good over evil and is a time when people of all ages and social status come together.
6. Fasnacht(The Carnival of Basel), Switzerland
This is the biggest party in Switzerland with roughly 20,000 masked revellers taking part. The Basler Fasnacht starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday at precisely 4:00 am with the so-called Morgestraich. The carnival lasts for exactly 72 hours and, therefore, ends on Thursday morning at 4:00 am. During this time the Fasnächtler (the participants) dominate the old town of central Basel, running free in the streets and restaurants, when all the lights in the city go out and groups of costumed pipers and drummers parade through the town with lanterns and lots of drinking and singing. Some groups act out notable events from the previous year in what’s known as the Schnitzelbängg.
5. Burning Man, Nevada
Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City which is a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. This infamous festival inaugurated in 1986 with the burning of a large-scale effigy to mark the summer solstice. Around 48,000 people Participate in this festival. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including "radical" inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, gifting and decommodification, and leaving no trace. First held in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco as a small function organized by Larry Harvey and a group of friends, it has since been held annually, spanning from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September (the U.S. Labor Day); For example, Burning Man 2015 took place August 30 – September 7, 2015.
4. Songkran, Thailand
The Songkran festival is the Thai New Year's festival. The Thai New Year's Day is 13 April every year, but the holiday period includes 14–15 April as well. This is the hottest time of the year in Thailand, so it makes sense that the biggest Songkran tradition is to throw water on people. The Songkran celebration is rich with symbolic traditions. Mornings begins with merit-making. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly practiced. A soaking is considered a blessing and it’s a sacred practice. Traditionally, people would bestow blessings by pouring scented water on each other’s hands. But today, Thais of all ages engage in full-blown water fights, using buckets, hoses and water guns to celebrate the event.
3. Bay to Breakers, San Francisco
Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace in San Francisco, California on the third Sunday of May. It is the longest consecutively run footrace in the world. The phrase "Bay to Breakers" reflects the fact that the race starts at the northeast end of the downtown area a few blocks from The Embarcadero (adjacent to San Francisco Bay) and runs west through the city to finish at the Great Highway. The complete course is 7.46 miles (12.01 km) long. Bay to Breakers is well known for many participants wearing costumes, and a few engaging in varying degrees of public nudity. What makes Bay to Breakers so much fun is that many people run in wacky costumes. There’s a costume contest offering prizes for categories including Most Original, Best Group and Best Musical Theme. Several live bands provide a lively soundtrack along the route. From 1986 to 2010, it was officially the world's largest footrace with 110,000 participants, until it was surpassed by City2Surf event in Sydney. Attendance in 2015 was reported at roughly 50,000. That year, Zappos.com signed on as the multi-year title sponsor of "Bay to Breakers"; the name of the race became "Zappos.com Bay to Breakers".
2. Celtic Colours
Celtic Colours International Festival is a Celtic music festival held annually in October for Nine days in communities all over Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. Cape Breton is alive with Celtic culture from all over the world. This annual festival draws more than 10,000 visitors to celebrate with music, dance and events in communities across the island. First held in 1997, the festival has featured hundreds of musicians from all over the Celtic world and attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Cape Breton Island. Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Brittany, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Cuba and Sweden as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton's musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers for the annual Autumn celebration.
1. Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts, England
Glastonbury Festival is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place near Pilton, Somerset. Glastonbury takes place over 900 acres in the Vale of Avalon, where King Arthur is rumored to be buried. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. In past years, Leading pop and rock artists performers have included U2, Paul Simon, Beyonce and B.B. King, to name a few. Films and albums recorded at Glastonbury have been released, and the festival receives extensive television and newspaper coverage. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world, and is now attended by around 175,000 people, requiring extensive infrastructure in terms of security, transport, water, and electricity supply. The majority of staff are volunteers, helping the festival to raise millions of pounds for good causes.