What do you like about a festival? The gifts? The decorations? The food? How about enjoying fun gambols like throwing tomatoes, of course the squeezed ones, at random people or dressing up as boogieman? There are many such wacky and wild fests, celebrated around the globe, which offer fun experiences of their own. If you are looking for something incredible, here are some festivals you can plan to attend.
Eeyore’s Birthday Party in Austin, Texas
Everyone loves to attend a birthday party. But what if it is of a donkey? Each April, Austin, the capital of Texas, USA, celebrates one such party and that too with wonderful enthusiasm. Thousands of people, locals as well as tourists, who have spent on air tickets for the metropolis, gather in Pease Park and enjoy live music, dance, horrid costumes and various weird activities. The event is usually held on the last Saturday of April and is named in honour of Eeyore, a depressed donkey from the AA Milne’s Winnie-the-pooh stories.
Mud Festival, South Korea
Wondering why tons of travellers board flights to South Korea during summers? It’s because of the marvellous Mud Festival that takes place in Boreyeong in mid July! A feast for the eyes, the event features many enchanting shows and lively street parades with bands, dancers and jugglers. But the real thrill is created when everyone is smeared with gray mud!! The mud, despite being filthy, has various medicinal properties and hence is beneficial for skin. People who plan to experience this unrivalled thrill should buy tickets for Seoul, from where Boreyeong is about 200km away.
La Tomatina, Spain
Another crazy fest that draws people from various parts of the globe, La Tomatina is held in Spain’s city of Buñol on the last Wednesday of August, every year. People throw tomatoes on each other and enjoy music and dance in large tubs full of tomato juice. Make sure to get your full body wax done, if you’re hoping to buy tickets for flights to partake in this wonderful event!!
Holi is a festival in India where people throw coloured water on each other. But how about playing it with bamboo sticks? Balloons or tomatoes were fine, but bamboo sticks? Don’t worry; you don’t need to take part in it! Just come to India to witness this exhilarating form of festival! People around Mathura, a small town in Indian state of Utter Pradesh, gather to play Lath-Mat Holi, every year. As per the rituals, men from Mathura and nearby villages go to Barsana to throw colours on the village ladies. But, they are chased away, or beaten if they choose to stay, by the village women holding sticks. The entire scene is truly exhilarating and worth the money spent on travel tickets and holiday deals. Many cultural programmes can also be enjoyed during this fest in India.