The world is really wonderful with colors and fun. You just should make your life colorful by yourself. Don’t you know how? Start with easy living, find some interesting occupations for you and start to get fun from them. Remember, the world is full of colors and crazy people and you can always find both of them during festivals. Happy people gather from all around the world to take part in these cheerful festivals, so, you can always join them. If you are planning your holidays, it’d be better to choose a country which holds any of these festivals. Thus, for a little help, we’ve explored 10 of the most colorful festivals in the world and now we’re going to introduce them to you!
1. Jamaica Carnival in Kingston, Jamaica
Sure, not everybody has heard of this famous festival. It’s one of the youngest and most colorful carnivals in the world. The carnival grows step by step and now it’s the biggest one of the island’s festivals. It lasts for two months, starts in February and ends in mid April. Have a great fun in this crazy atmosphere filled by Jamaican music and dances!
2. Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, United States
The New Orleans is known for its numerous carnivals. It seems the city always celebrates something, as it’s one of the happiest cities in the world. One of its famous festivals is Mardi Gras Carnival, which is held at the beginning of March. You’ll meet green, gold, and purple colors everywhere. They establish the faith, power and justice of the city. The most interesting part of the carnival is Bacchus Parade. There, participants come as ancient Greek gods and start to have fun dressed like powerful gods. Another bright parade is the Indian Parade, where you will meet bright dressed happy people everywhere.
3. King of Masquerades Carnival in Nice, France
The Nice Carnival is the most popular winter-spring event on the French Riviera. It comes to celebrate the most awaited spring and attracts over a million participants from every part of the world. They come to have a great fun and welcome the spring with cheerful colors. The carnival is held for almost two weeks, from February 17 to March 4 every year. Music flows from everywhere; people dance and sing, organize battles and have fun. Bringing the event to a close, you can take part in crazy shows and finally see the most awaited and beautiful fireworks.
4. Carnival of Basel in Basel, Switzerland
This colorful carnival is the biggest one in Switzerland, held in Basel between February and March and lasting for only three days. It’s the most favorite carnival of the locals and they prepare for it for the rest of the 362 days of the year. They decorate their houses, trees and streets with bright illustrations and beautiful flowers and start to dress colorful costumes. Then, they go out and their crazy time starts. There are no words to describe the fun they get from this carnival.
5. Goa Carnival in Panaji, India
This interesting carnival was first held in 1961 and since then, it’s one of the locals’ favorite festivals. It takes place in Panaji, India at the second half of February every year and lasts for three unforgettable days. Goa Carnival is known for spreading joy and happiness. All the streets get crowded and you’ll see dancing, singing, and drinking people everywhere.
6. Carnival of Venice in Venice, Italy
Carnevale di Venezia is one of the most world famous carnivals held in the second half of February every year. The festival is known for its mystique, as everyone wears masks to take part in it. By the way, wearing masks is not just a simple fun. It is a cultural tradition and has a great importance for the Venetians. Thus, the main idea of the carnival is to make people be equal, be that a common servant or a master and so on. So, they can imitate anyone they want to be and have a great fun in equal atmosphere.
7. Cologne Carnival in Cologne, Germany
This crazy carnival is one of the most famous events in Germany and plays a very important role in Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany. The carnival takes place every year on the second half of February. People spend these crazy days with a great pleasure, dressed in colorful costumes. They gather in the town hall and start the most cheerful days of the year.
8. Patras Carnival in Peloponnese, Greece
Patra Greece is the third largest city of Peloponnese. It’s one of the happiest cities of Greece where you can meet singing, dancing, and playing (what do they play?) people everywhere. This incredible city is home for the world famous Patras Carnival. It differs from other carnivals with its duration, as it lasts for two months, from January to March. The carnival introduces the culture and history of Greece. People come dressed as ancient gods, wearing colorful costumes to take part in various competitions and shows. Therefore, they spend the days of this colorful festival with a great joy and pleasure.
9. Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain
This famous carnival is the second largest and most popular one in the world. It is held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife every year in February. The main idea of carnival is to have fun. Thus, people come together from all over the world to experience this fiesta and feel the Brazilian atmosphere. Streets are crowded for almost fifteen days and everybody does their best to make the carnival happier than ever. At first, they choose the Queen of the carnival and start to work on their costumes. Later, they start to sing, dance and make shows.
10. Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the largest and the most energetic festival in the world. It is held before Lent every year in the second week of February and lasts for four days. If you could once take part in this festival, you’ll forget about all your worries and will start to love your life with all your problems. What is more incredible as the deliciously bronzed samba dancers? What is more relaxing as the pulsating music? And finally, what is more exciting as the energy and applause of the spectators? Of course, nothing! You’ll hear samba music from every corner of the city, you’ll see samba dancer everywhere and won’t be able to resist the desire to dance.