These days cultural festivals are getting more popular. With hundreds if not thousands of options across the globe, culture seekers have more choices than ever when it comes to selecting a thrilling fiesta. 

Head over to Instagram and you’ll find amazing photos from all kinds of events worldwide: magical music festivals and super-cool culinary get-togethers. 

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at our selection of the TOP 9 cultural festivals and most exciting fiestas worldwide…

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Burning Man – United States of America

Burning man as one of the most famous cultural festivals

Probably the globe’s trendiest festival in operation today, this desert party takes places each and every summer in the US state of Nevada. Burning Man brings together thousands of the globe’s most creative, eccentric, and expressive individuals, who gather to create what is a truly unique cultural event. 

First started way back in 1986 as a way to mark the summer solstice, the festival has grown to include more than 70,000 people today. With an emphasis on cooperation and experimenting, Burning Man is the definitive bohemian experience of the modern era.

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Glastonbury – England

Cultural festivals worldwide - Glastonbury, England

The most iconic music festival on the planet is also one of the most exciting cultural gatherings around. For decades Glastonbury has represented a place where the world’s best music and most free-spirited characters gather to enjoy a bohemian, open environment that’s famously hip. “Glasto” takes place in the depths of the southwest English countryside and is a legitimate cultural institution.

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La Tomatina – Spain

Crowd with tomatos on the cultural festival La tomatina
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The World’s biggest food fight takes place every year in the southeast Spanish city of Valencia when thousands descend into the streets and launch tomatoes at one another in what is by far the messiest entry in our list. Come prepared for madness!

You can join every year on Wednesday of the last week of August.

Mevlana Festival – Turkey

TOP cultural festivals worldwide - Mevlana Festival in Turkey

Visually arresting, spiritually moving, and deeply memorable, this festival marks the death of one of Turkey’s best loved spiritual figures, 13th century philosopher poet Rumi.

Known to many as the festival of the whirling dervishes, the highlight of this hugely popular event is the trance-like movements and flowing robes of dancers who seek union with God through their actions.

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music – Morocco

Celebrating the cultural heritage of one of North Africa’s most vibrant and historical cities, this music festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. With an emphasis on music from across the world, the festival has gained a name for the eclectic line up that includes international superstars and lesser known musicians from some of the world’s most remote regions.

Mardi Gras – United States of America

Festive parade through New Orleans' streets
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A famously large event held in the cultural melting pot that is New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras comprises parades, food events, and, of course, plenty of drinking. The city truly explodes with life, colour, and fun each year at Mardi Gras – New Orlean’s most iconic event.

Carnival – Brazil

The festive procession at the Carnival in Brazil
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Celebrated across Latin America and Europe, Carnival is a religious festival held during the days before Catholic lent (which is where the religious aspects of the event end). Carnival truly brings one of the world’s sexiest cities to life. 

A five-day event that comprises drinking, eating, and dancing throughout Rio de Janeiro with more than 5 million people descending on the nation’s most iconic city including half a million foreigners flying in for the festivities. Expect beautiful people, lots of flesh, and some of the most delightfully glam outfits you could ever wish to lay eyes on.

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King’s Day – The Netherlands

Open-air festivity in Amsterdam
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Every April the entire Dutch nation turns orange during this nationwide celebration of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. The balmy spring climate allows for outdoor reveling of the highest order and locals treat this day like the first of summer. Flea markets cover the streets and delicious Dutch snacks, like fresh croquettes, are eaten across the nation, not to mention the amazing local beer!

Holi – India

Holi as one of the most famous cultural festivals worldwide
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A religious festival of the Hindu faith, Holi is a one day party that marks the end of winter across swaths of the Indian sub-continent. Color is the name of the game when it comes to Holi: dazzling hues of yellow, red, and blue famously dash around in the form of powders. On any other day throwing colored powders at your fellow citizens might cause concern, but during Holi huge chunks of the Indian public turn into fun-loving children. 

Holi allows everyone to see people let their guard down just a little. Water pistols are also ubiquitous with custom, dictating that participants drench one another before dousing them with color. Music, food, and specially prepared drinks (usually non-alcoholic) are prepared for Holi, the most hotly anticipated date on many calendars.

What is your favorite cultural festival?

There is a bundle of festivals all over the world each year. And sometimes it’s not 100% clear if it’s a festival or a party or a get-together. Moreover, there are a lot of festival types: movie festivals, culinary festivals, dance festivals and so much more.

But it doesn’t matter what kind of festival you prefer – just let us know in the comments and recommend your favorite party. 🙂 We want to complete our TOP list of cultural festivals!

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Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them then on a postcard?

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