We love to see diverse BUCKiTLISTS, and that includes our Dreamers posting lists that encompass not only enjoyable travel destinations, but vivid events too. An excellent way to experience the best of the global community, is to partake in these festivals and feel the love!
Songkran (Squirt gun festival), Thailand
The largest Water Festival in the wold, Songkran is said to wash away bad luck. Held in early April, this event is not only joyous, but one of the most unusual large scale festivals there is. Celebrating Thailand’s traditional New Year, every region has their own celebrations, and Khao San Road in Bangkok is the epicenter.
Stone skipping world championships, Scotland
Easdale is one of the most unique and picturesque islands that Scotland has to offer. Every year this small island town hosts The World Stone Skipping Championship. If you are looking for a great day out with the family, and the chance to take part in an actual world championship, put this unique event on your BUCKiTLIST!
Baby Jumping Festival ( El Colacho), Spain
The baby jumping festival dates back to the 17th century and is celebrated as part of the feast of Corpus Christi. Taking place in Castillo de Murcia, all the babies born in the last 12 months are placed on mattresses lining the streets, and local men dressed as devils jump baby covered mattress after baby covered mattress. This tradition is said to protect the babies from evil spirits.
Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri), Japan
Every year around 10,000 men wearing only loincloths gather for the Hadaka Matsuri, located at the Saidaiji Temple. Priests at the temple throw talismans into the scantily clad crowd and they battle to secure the lucky objects. This 500 year old tradition takes place in different parts of Japan, but the main one is in Okayama, Japan.
Cheese Rolling Festival at Coopers Hill, England
This enthralling event is held annually on the Spring Bank Holiday (typically on the last Saturday in May) at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester in England. Having origins rumoured to date back to Roman times. Between 20-40 contestants madly charge down an extremely steep 295 foot (90 meter) hill chasing an 8 pound (3.6 kilograms) wheel of cheese, which can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (112 kilometers). This event which has grown a lot recently has participants and spectators from all over the world and if you want to enter, you just show up and do it. Be careful and good luck catching the cheese!
Mardi Gras / Carnival
Mardi Gras, also know as Carnival, is an annual festival held all around the world. Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Venice, and Sydney are all know for their massive Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations. Based on a religious holiday, Fat Tuesday, as it is translated, is a day to indulge in vices before abstaining for Lent and usually occurs in February or March. This makes for a lively party atmosphere which includes many parade floats, colorful costumes, and copious amounts of alcohol.
Burning Man, United States
Every year visual, architectural, performing, pyro and audio artists create one of The United States’ most avant-garde and sought after festivals, Burning Man. 10,000 people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and create a community of self expression and self reliance. Covered with many participatory art installations, events, and kinetic structures, make sure to bring plenty of water and a bicycle to roam around the massive and temporary Black Rock City.
Art Basel, Switzerland
Going strong and only 40 years old, this gathering which is not only in Basel, but Hong Kong and Miami as well, is considered the preeminent art and design event. This unique gathering is where iconoclastic designers, artists, and brands set global trends, as well as introduce and showcase their blockbuster goods. For the bon vivant, this is the zeitgeist of culture.
King’s Day (Koningsdag), Holland
Only very recently did King’s Day replace Queen’s Day, as the Queen of Holland only just abdicated in 2014 and her son King Willem Alexander in now the new head of the Dutch Royal Family. Held on April 27th, this national holiday is celebrated in every city and village in The Netherlands, but the most renowned is in Amsterdam. Everyone takes to the streets and canals and parties while wearing the Dutch national color, orange.
Air+Style is a global event series hosted by 2-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White that blends live music, action sports, art, and culture. One of the most influential snowboard challenges today, the festival features the world’s best snowboarders going head to head on a signature 16 story high snowboard jump. Previous musical guests to grace the Air+Style stage include J. Cole, Incubus, Kaskade, HAIM, Big Grams, All Time Low, Rudimental, A-Trak, Gramatik, Netsky, A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Travis Barker (Drum & DJ set), and Allie X. The world’s best snowboarders, music performances, and an epic 16-story snow jump. I can’t wait for this event! Beijing, here I come!
A festival is always a great experience. From country to country they may be different, but the common element is the camaraderie and friendships that develop, and the energy and excitement you can experience. What we find paramount is planning, and we believe that you can accomplish your BUCKiTLIST by sharing and developing your goals on the Dream app! Share you comments below and remember to Dream Bold, Dream Big!