Fun loving travellers may be tempted to schedule their travel to coincide with the festivals in this article. Explore events around the world, from mega music raves to quirky cultural experiences.
Festivals are a great way to experience a destination in a unique and different way. And with several hundred festivals all over the world every month – there are plenty to chose from! This post pulls together a collection of the Best Festivals Around The World in 2017 and showcases 3 festivals for each month of the year. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate cultural experience, the glamour of a film festival or the sheer joy of a music festival – there is something here for everyone.
Warning. This post will fuel your wanderlust – and make your Festival Bucket list super super long!
With hundreds of festivals all over the world throughout the year, trying to pick just one can be overwhelming. Use this post as your ultimate guide to the best festivals in the world for 2017 – complete with recommendations from travelers who have experienced and loved each festival. Scroll through each month to see if there are any that fit with your plans!
JANUARY FESTIVALS & CULTURAL EVENTS
Where: Nara, Japan
When: 28 January 2017 (or 29 January 2017 in case of bad weather)
The name of the festival literally translates as ‘The Mountain Roast’ and is where on the 4th Saturday in January each year, the dead grass on the hillside of Mount Wakakusayama is set ablaze – but until after one epic fireworks display. There are two theories of the evolution of the festival. The first claims that the burning of the mountainside began during boundary conflicts between Nara’s great temples (Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji), while another claims the fires were used to drive away wild boars. Once set ablaze the mountain can burn for up to an hour and because of the mountains elevation it can be seen from anywhere in the city.