Six festivals around the world you won't want to miss

If you’d like to do a little more this year than laze around on the beach, why not plan your holiday around one of the many fantastic festivals happening around the world in 2017 and 2018?

You’ll get a chance to soak up some culture, enjoy the festivities with the locals and come away with some fantastic memories and photographs.

From beer to paint slinging, we've tracked down six of the best events to add to your bucket list.

1. La Tomatina

Bunol, Spain - August 30 2017

If throwing tomatoes with wild abandon sounds like fun to you, you’re going to love the La Tomatina.

Held each year, this famous festival culminates in locals grabbing huge handfuls of ripe tomatoes and throwing them at each other through the streets.

Strangely, it’s not tied to any tradition, but caught on after some locals threw fruit and vegetables at each other during a parade in 1945.

Don’t forget to have clean clothes on standby!

2. Oktoberfest

Munich, Germany - September 16 - October 3 2017

Oktoberfest is the most famous beer festival in the world and attracts millions of visitors each year.

Here you’ll find some of the region’s best beer being served in huge beer steins, traditional oompah bands and plenty of street foods to line your stomach!

3. Mardi Gras

New Orleans, Louisiana - February 9-13 2018

Mardi Gras hardly needs much explanation – being one of the most well-known fiestas in the world. If you want to party through the day and night, New Orleans offers an array of festivities and plenty to see and do right through the extended weekend starting on the  9th and finishing on the 13th of February, which marks the end of the carnival season and the beginning of Lent.

4. Carnival

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - February 9-14 2018

If you’re not quite ready to stop partying, why not head straight from Mardi Gras down to Brazil for Carnival. For a non-stop party atmosphere and some of the biggest and boldest costumes in the world, a trip to Rio is a must.

For five days the streets are filled with vibrant samba music, fabulous costumes and amazing parade floats. To really immerse yourself in the festivities, why not take along your own costume?

5. Holi

India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other Hindu regions - March 1 2018

Holi is also known as the Festival of Colours and is a celebration of good triumphing over evil and the start of summer. The festival ends in a dye fight where all the locals throw bright and vivid powdered paints at each other.

The result is a fabulous riot of colour that covers everything and everybody. It’s free, fun and safe and there are plenty of stalls from which to stock up on colourful ammunition.

6. Coachella Music & Arts festival

Indio, California - April 13 - April 22 2018

Coachella is one of the biggest music festivals in the world and features a huge line up of big name artists. As well as music there’s plenty of other entertainment on offer including exciting art exhibitions and delicious food – so you won’t be bored!

If you fancy soaking up some sun, camping in the desert with friends and family, and seeing your favourite music acts perform live - Coachella is the one for you.

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