Festivals are celebrations that bring people together. They offer a glimpse into the cultural heritage, traditions, and faiths of people and communities around the world. While music festivals are easily among the most popular gatherings today, there are many famous and underrated cultural events across the globe begging to be experienced and enjoyed. So the next time you are traveling or planning a trip, you might want to consider adding at least one festival on your list of things to do.
Be part of a special event
A festival is a great way to be part of something special such as a cultural or religious event that the community celebrates. It could be a celebration of welcoming a new year (Chinese New Year), victory of good over evil or light over darkness (Diwali), or remembering the dead (Dia de los Muertos) among others. The reasons may vary, but you can expect an out-of-the-ordinary experience that makes for some lasting memories.
Experience a place in a unique way
Even the most familiar places transform into something different during festivals. The streets could become livelier and more crowded. And you may find a wide array of new attractions like beautiful lanterns and decorative arts not to mention the parade of gigantic and spectacular floats that are part of some festivals’ main highlights.
Celebrate with the locals
Festivals let you celebrate and spend more time with the locals. This is an opportunity that not many people get to have when traveling, especially when sticking to crowded tourist attractions that some locals tend to avoid.
Get adventurous with food
Festival food can be a feast to the senses. Good or bad, you can expect a wide selection of food and drinks some of which you may not have tried before. You can explore the diverse offerings from the various food stalls and vendors you will likely find at the festival grounds or nearby areas.
Takes you out of your comfort zone
Festivals take you out of your comfort zone. It can be fun but messy, lively but crowded, and exciting but crazy at times. All the unfamiliar and new things you encounter may not always be comfortable. But they can make the experience even more special and memorable. They can be a great time to meet people from around the world, gain new friends, eat and drink as much as you want, and fully immerse yourself in all the revelry.