5 Unique Festivals From Around the World

Audience At Outdoor Music Festival

Earlier this week, London, busuu’s base city, hosted the Notting Hill Carnival, one of the largest street festivals in the world! We got thinking, ‘What other cool festivals and carnivals are there to discover?’ The summer may be over but this puts us into a mood to start planning ahead! Whether food, music, or art-themed, festivals bring together the best of summer events! They incorporate culture, tradition and people from all walks of life who gather together for a good time – what more could you want?

1. Songkran Festival – Bangkok, Thailand

This one definitely makes a splash on our festival list! The Songkran festival, celebrating the Thai New Year Day, is the largest water fight in the world! Every year between April 13th and 15th, people fill the streets of Thailand armed with water guns, buckets, hoses and even elephants ready to soak anyone within reach. 

2. Air Guitar World Championships – Oulu, Finland

Do you always beat your friends at air guitar? Have you dubbed yourself the Jimi Hendrix of your generation?  Perfect! Head over to Oulu, Finland for three days of serious rock and roll fun with other like minded rock stars.

3. Battle of Oranges – Ivrea, Italy

Festival ammunition!

Join in on Italy’s biggest food fight. This festival is a re-creation of a historic battle that took place in the town – with a twist! Instead of swords and guns, the weapon of choice is 500,000 kilograms of oranges. Let’s just say things are about to get juicy with this one!

4. Underwater Music Festival – Big Pine Key, Florida

This underwater music festival in Florida takes it to the next level. Or should we say down a level (literally). Music is piped underwater, festival-goers wear sea-creature related costumes and snorkel and dive with tropical fish. It sounds like a real life version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Talk about a swimmingly good time!

5. Holy Ship – Caribbean Cruise, Florida

Holy Ship is the ideal festival for all electronic dance music (EDM) lovers. It is a four day electronic dance music festival… outside! Sail along the Caribbean, listen to a wide lineup of the latest EDM artists onboard and party on tropical beaches. The only worry will be remembering to reapply your sunscreen.

Eleonora was an Italian Language Expert at busuu. She spent her early years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where her parents are from. She loves all kinds of Latin dancing, travelling and can't go a day without eating an avocado!



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