Where to go, what to do? These are the questions that drive us and monopolize our free time. No matter how hard we try we can’t just experience all the great things our world has to offer before our time ends. But no worries, help is on the way in the form of this interesting, featuring ten of the most amazing events you simply must attend before you die. Care to add some more?
10. Il Palio — Siena, Italy
On July 2nd and August 16th, they hold a horse race in Siena called the Palio de Siena. Ten riders who ride horses bareback, garbed in colorful clothing which represents ten of the seventeen wards in Sienna. The racers circle the Piazza del Campo, which is covered with a thick layer of dirt, three times. Preceding the race is a spectacular event known as the Corteo Storico, a parade of costumed flag-bearers dressed in medieval garb and warriors who perform several demonstrations to entertain the crowds.
9. FIFA World Cup
Forget the Olympics and the Super Bowl. The FIFA World Cup comes around every four years and not only does it draw the best players from around the world, but the football is generally spectacular and emotional. Getting a ticket is difficult, but few sports bring out the passion and national pride of fans like this one does.
8. La Tomatina — Bunal, Spain
Foof fight! The La Tomatina is a giant food fight with tomatoes – with 30,000 participants. Admission to this event used to be free, but in recent years the numbers have swelled to the point that the town was forced to sell tickets for it. Participants are “supposed” to crush all tomatoes in their hand prior to throwing them in order to prevent injury, but it’s clear that some lawbreakers refuse to follow this rule.
7. Mardi Gras — New Orleans
One of the biggest parties of the year is held in the French Quarter in New Orleans.Thousands of people flock to the streets of New Orleans dressed in costume, arrayed in beads, decorated in face-paint and generally inebriated. The Mardi Gras parade is an eclectic affair riddled with wildly outrageous costumes and floats with riders who toss plastic beads to those they feel deserve them.
6. Burning Man — Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Burning Man is one of the weirdest gatherings you’re likely to ever attend. It’s filled with artists, exhibitionists, and crazy people who converge in the desert and construct a temporary town they call Black Rock City. Artists create unique and amazing works, nudity is common and so are drugs, and music.
5. White Nights and Scarlet Sails Festival — St. Petersburg, Russia
The White Night Festival culminates with the Scarlet Sails on the final day. During the White Nights, artists, musicians, ballerinas, orchestras and street performers entertain the city with performances and film festivals. It’s one of the most enjoyable and beautiful celebrations on the planet and honors the artists who live and work in St. Petersburg.
4. Diwali — India
The Festival of Lights takes place over five days following harvest season and it’s largely the New Year’s Day celebration for those of the Hindu faith. The Hindu people celebrate the good things in life; they light fireworks, craft colorful lanterns, share in meals, and participate in ceremonies and traditions that go back hundreds of years. The third day of this festival is the Festival of Lights and on it there is a large firework celebration and the Indian people light clay pots filled with oil in honor of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
3. Running of the Bulls — Pamplona, Spain
The San Fermin Festival includes the ever popular event, the running of the bulls. Tens of thousands of people line up and attempt to run with, and from, a group of bulls which are funneled through a barricaded path towards a stadium filled to capacity. That doesn’t sound like fun. It’s one of the more bizarre and dangerous festivals in the world and despite the countless injuries, people continue to flock to Spain for this daring event.
2. Oktoberfest — Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest honors Munich, Germany and their famous beer halls. For sixteen days millions of people descend upon Munich to drink beer and enjoy German food from beer tents scattered across the city. The food is amazing and so is the beer, but it’s the hospitality and atmosphere that keeps many coming back year after year. It’s believed to be the world’s largest festival.
1. Carnaval — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This four-day celebration is unlike anything else on the planet. Nearly 2 million people gather on the streets of Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnaval. Dancing, parades, costumes, and some sexy women are all out in the open, to create in the biggest party in South America. There are several parades and all of them are free-spirited affairs where quite literally anything could happen. Everything about Carnaval is loud and fun, and it’s the one can’t miss event that everyone must attend before they die.