It's a new dawn, it's a new day and it's a new year! Time to leave the past exactly where it is and go forth and discover the wonderful possibilities 2014 has in store! All through the year, there are fun festivities happening in different corners of the globe and we thought it would be an ideal way to kick off the new year by handpicking the funkiest festivals in each month of the year so you can plan your travels accordingly.
January - The Sydney Festival - This is a cultural celebration of dance and music and is a visual treat for everyone. At this time, Sydney is buzzing with excitement and shows in theatre, the circus, dance and music!
February- Brazil - Carnival - While the rest of the world celebrates love in February, Brazil celebrates its zest for life with its insanely addictive Carnival! With thousands of sexy samba dancers participating in a high-energy power-packed parade where the entire city shuts down to celebrate. This is, undoubtedly, the best festival in February!
March – Dublin, Ireland - St Patrick’s Festival – St. Patrick’s Day Festival is celebrated every year with full gusto. Thousands of people gather on the streets of Dublin to honour this saint who drove out Ireland’s snakes. Grab a huge shamrock hat, a bottle of green beer and get set for music, games and the parade!
April - Amsterdam – Queen Juliana’s Birthday - Amsterdam celebrates Queen Juliana's birthday but dressing up in orange, drinking orange-themed drinks and painting their faces with the national colour! It's almost like a national holiday where everyone gets out and celebrates!
May - Denmark - Clown Festival - Demark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world so it's no surprise it would host such a funny festival. Clowns from all over the world participate and entertain during this time including various workshops ensuring that children and adults both have a gala time.
June – Spain - Haro Wine Festival - The town's mayor leads a wine-carrying procession on horseback followed by anyone and everyone else participating in the festival also carrying wine in all sorts of containers including buckets and what follows is an insane wine war with everyone throwing it at each other getting drunk and basically having a blast!
July- USA - Fireworks on 4th July - Independence Day - is celebrated on a grand level in America. It's hard to pick which city you should be in because almost all have gala preparations with a parade, concert and, of course, a spectacular firework show that can rival any other!
August – Spain - La Tomatina - There is something about throwing things that really excites Spaniards. The famous tomato festival where the entire town gets together to smash tomatoes at each other is extremely popular and attended by people all over the world. You might think it is highly commercial but once you've experienced it, you'll realize how much fun it actually is!
September- Germany - Oktoberfest - Who would want to miss a festival focusing on consuming large amounts of beer named Oktoberfest! But ironically, most of it is held in September. Germany knows how to party and this testosterone-filled meat and beer party is world famous - after all, it attracts 6 million people annually!
October - UK - London's Photo Festival - This is a great opportunity for amateurs and semi-professional photographers to sell their work and receive feedback from other professionals. It's a great space to network and enjoy some exquisite work.
November- Cambodia - Bon Om Touk (Water Festival)- This is Cambodia's biggest festival where the locals go bananas celebrating a natural phenomenon - the reversing of the current of Tonle Sap River - with wild, decorated boat races and fireworks. It happens nationwide but Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are best.
December - Germany - Nuremberg Christmas Market - There are Christmas markets all over Germany in December. However, few compare to the extravaganza at Nuremberg. The "Christkindlesmarkt" which is set up in the city’s central market square and features more than 200 vendors, offers everything from treats like fruitcakes to Christmas ornaments. It's a Christmas wonderland and a beautiful market unlike any other in Europe.
Article by - Roxanne Bamboat