29 August 2018

Festivals Around the World to Add to Your Travel Bucketlist

Festivals Around the World to Add to your Travel Bucketlist

The Air Navigation Pro team wants you to travel more, see the world and experience as much as you can. While we're doing our best to lessen your time in flight planning and to ensure that you're safe in the air so you can travel more, we've also done our research and did our best to curate new and more interesting activities that you can definitely do! These festivals are perfect if you wanna go alone and meet new friends, or have fun and live life with your friends and family.

Here's a bunch of festivals to make your bucket list longer:


The Sinulog Festival in the tropical archipelago, Philippines, is held on the 3rd Sunday of January. It's a colorful and traditional festival in Cebu, Philippines, that gives thanks to the Sto. Niño believed to be the child form of Jesus Christ.

The processions and prayer masses are held a week before the actual festival so tourists can participate in the religious ceremonies preceding the Sunday festival where people celebrate with loud music, street dancing, face painting, and parties.

Other festivals in January include burning of Mount Wakakusa Yamayaki in Nara, Japan and Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA.


Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", which is a celebration and merry-making before the official Lent season begins on Ash Wednesday.

It is a popular festival celebrated around the world and most popularly in the United States, although not all states take part in the tradition. It's meant to be vulgar and boisterous to contrast the upcoming solemn Lenten Season.

Another festivals in February are Carnevale Di Venezia in Venice, Italy; and Rio Carnival in Brazil.


St. Patrick's Day is held every March 17, with festivals in different parts of the United States and Ireland. The day is said to commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Regardless of where it is held, St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

Other awesome festivals in March are Holi in India, and SXSW in Austin, Texas, USA.


Songkran is a Thai New Year celebration that's done around April. The exact date depends on the lunar cycle but it's most often held in that month.

The traditional celebration of the Songkran is to return to your families and spray scented water on the hands of elders as a way of thanksgiving, but recent years have evolved the solemn celebration into an exciting 3-day festival with people throwing water at tourists in the streets.

Other notable festivals for April include Kings Day in Amsterdam and Snowbombing in Austria.


The Cannes Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world. Held in France, from May 9 to 20, it was originally created as a social event for tourists, instead of the competition that it has now grown into. Right now, it is one of the most celebrated, anticipated and prestigious events in the film industry. A lot of tourists from around the world go to France for the chance to see celebrities.


Glastonbury festival - Summer in the UK means music festival time.With its 175,000 revellers Glastonbury is the largest and most iconic music festival in the world.

But from Wales’ Festival No.6 and Scotland’s T in the Park to the new grass-roots festivals emerging across the country, there are plenty of opportunities to join all kinds of music festivals.


St. Olav Festival (Norway, July)

St. Olav Festival is a celebration of Norway’s patron saint and his crucial role in bringing Christianity to Norway. St Olav, who was king of Norway from 1015 to 1028, famously died at the Battle of Stiklestad on 29 July 1030.

Today his remains are buried in Nidarosdomen, Trondheim’s cathedral, and Norway’s most important church. The festival, which lasts over a week in the summer, has a religious dimension, with pilgrim wanderings and daily services in the cathedral, but it also offers concerts, theatrical performances, lectures, and exhibitions, as well as a historical medieval market.


Swiss National Day in Switzerland, August 1

This is a day of fireworks and bonfires all over Switzerland, with speeches by the great and good, much singing of the national anthem and other traditional songs, a proliferation of Swiss flags (even on specially made bread rolls) and children carrying illuminated paper lanterns. If you’re in a city by a lake, try to get out on a boat to get the best view of what will be the most spectacular fireworks.

Ever felt like throwing a tomato at someone? At the Tomatina in Buñol you can! This crazy tradition started 70 years ago, and now on every last Wednesday of August, thousands of people throw tomatoes at each other during the craziest event of the year.

La Tomatina is actually part of a larger celebration; it marks the end of an entire week of parades, parties, fairs and street markets. It is so original and so fun that people visit Spain just to take part in it. The number of participants is limited to 20,000, which seems a lot but tickets are sold out in a flash. So if you want to go crazy in Buñol, make sure to get your tickets well in advance!


Photo courtesy by Reno National Championship Air Races

Held every September in Reno, Nevada, USA. The National Championship Air Races is an air racing event featuring spectacular aircraft and great aviation experience to all the aviation geeks in the world.

This event showcases different types of aircraft and has air and ground performers to entertain the festival-goers. If you're a fan of the Patriots Jet Team, they are showcased in this event yearly. It's a great chance to catch your fellow av geeks.


Oktoberfest in Germany

Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. 

Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa's meadows (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the original Munich event.

During the event, large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed: during the 16-day festival in 2013, for example, 7.7 million liters were served. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, side stalls, and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional foods available.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until 3 October (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is 2 October and 18 days when it is 1 October. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (4 October), to mark the event's bicentennial.


Karneval or Fasching every November 11 at 11:11

Karneval or Fasching, the German carnival or mardi gras, officially starts from 11 November  at 11.11 to the following Ash Wednesday, but the main celebrations start on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. Traditionally on this day, women could kiss any man after cutting off his tie.

There are huge street parades and parties on the weekend before, on Rose Monday, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Most cities around Germany will put on their own celebrations.


Photo Courtesy by Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami, Florida, USA have art fairs that are overwhelming, with legendary parties. The art-curious people at Art Basel Miami can gravitate towards more than 25 satellite fairs if they’re not yet feeling ready for the main to-do at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Aqua, Verge, NADA and Pulse fairs all come highly recommended for newbies and more avant-garde types.

Have you been to any of these festivals? Let us know in the comments below!

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