Europe hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. Each celebration offers a different environment and celebrates all kinds of things, some can be quite bizarre, but that’s what festivals are for! Below we explore some of the most unusual festivals held in Europe.
Air Guitar Championship Festival
The air guitar festival occurs every year in August, where people all over the world come together and compete with invisible instruments. The festival is held in Finland, and the competition has been a tradition that’s been going on since 1996.
Golden Retriever Festivals
Tomich is a small town in Scotland known as the birthplace of golden retrievers. It’s the perfect festival for dog lovers or for anyone who’s got a thing for golden retrievers. It occurs every year in June, and many owners who own a breed gather together to celebrate their appreciation for the golden retrievers. The celebration consists of many activities including dog contest, dinner dance, mini-games and many more.
La Tomatina is the biggest food fight celebration in the world. It is held every summer around August in Spain. People who are joining can throw overripe tomatoes at anyone taking part in the food fight. During the festival, there are also other activities involve, including music, fireworks, parades and so much more. If you’re looking to add something new in your bucket list, this is it!
Beer Floating Festival
The beer floating festival is one of a kind event where everyone gathers around a river on their inflatable boat while having a beer at the same time. It’s an open festival which means that there aren’t any official organisers and anyone is welcome to join. The event occurs every summer and has been going on for over 20 years. It attracts people all over the world. The event is mostly spread through social networks and word of mouth.
The UK holds some of the best festivals around the world. You’ve probably heard some of the biggest events including the Glastonbury and Reading music festival. Although they are a great festival, you may find that it can be expensive to go to these festivals especially when adding up everything you need to get there including the tickets, travelling expenses, camping gears and foods. So if you are on a budget and still want to see a decent festival, it’s worth trying out some of the free festivals that the UK has to offer. We’ve listed some of them below.
London’s West End Live
The Westminster Council partnered with the Society of London Theatre to create this great festival that allows the group of London’s West End to show off their talents in front of large crowds. The London theatre group are diversely talented and is known to provide some of the best shows around the city.
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Stockton welcomes international world class singers to perform live at the festival. You will find a variety of shows and activities to do including circus acts, dance, street performances, food stalls and so much more. The festival is on for four days straight with free entrance!
Peterborough’s Willow Festivals
The willow festival showcases up to 100+ groups and singers that perform different genres from R&B, Indie, Jazz, Rock and Blues. The acts are mainly groups and artists who are UN-signed. It’s a great way to discover new artist and bands that you’ve not heard of before. The festivals last up to three days.
Liverpool’s International Music Festivals
The Liverpool music festival was created to replace the legendary Matthew Street Festival that has hosted some great live music for the past years. The new festival is said to be hosting a variety of live music from local bands, orchestra and the Beatles acts.
India is known to host a broad range of religious festivals that are filled with songs, prayers, parades, activities and colours. You will find festivals that celebrate different events and religion from Hinduism to Christianity. So if you’re looking to experience their festivals for the first time, we recommend some of their best traditional festivals below.
Diwali is one of their most famous festivals, and it is also called the festivals of lights. The festival celebrates their legendary God called Lord Rama. The celebration lasts for five days in which they observe in different names including Diwali, Govardan Puja, Bhai Duj or Choti Diwali.
Ooty Summer Festivals
The Ooty festival is celebrated in the Botanical Garden during the month of May. You will find live music, flower shows, activities, fairs, traditional arts and sports activities to keep you entertained throughout the day.
Onam is one of the longest festivals that can last up to ten days. They celebrate their new year with plenty of foods, new clothes, visiting temples and showcasing some of their traditional dances. They also have a boat event that involves rowing of boats with some background drums music.
The Ramzan Eid is a celebration for ending a fasting season. The event usually occurs after a new moon is seen after the month of fasting. It is celebrated by the Muslims in which they will visit a mosque anywhere around the world and celebrate the event.
Holi stands for the festivals of colours. It represents the victory of good and bad through celebrating colours. Holi is celebrated all around India every March when the full moon is shining. The fun part about this festival is you get to smear each other’s face with a paint of colours in which they call it as ‘Abir’.