Festivals around the World Tour Packages

Indulge in the celebration of life with festivals around the world. Explore diverse culture and heritage during these festive holidays.

Some days are chaotic, and some are frustrating. Then there are some when people forget all their worries and come together to celebrate the true spirit of life. This is what festivals around the world do to you. They infuse positivity and cheer into an otherwise stressful life. With thousands of cultures around the world, some major some minor, each culture has its unique way of commemorating the efforts of their ancestors and preserving the legacy for future generations.

There are thousands of ways people around the world celebrate festivals during festival vacations, but the underlying current remains the same – to forge camaraderie and kinship and spread happiness. The anticipation of the upcoming celebrations of some of the best festivals in the world is just as exciting as the festivities itself. And food plays an integral part of any festival tour. Unique to each festival, special dishes are prepared. The process of fulfilling the culinary aspect of the celebrations binds not just the household but the whole community. Just as important as it is celebrating one’s own culture through festivals, it is also important to learn about other cultures through their festival tourism and going for festive getaways. You would be amazed to know that the ways of celebrating a particular festival may differ from culture to culture or region to region, the underlying essence remains more or less the same. And this makes festive tours and visiting cultural festivals around the world so worthwhile.

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Festival tours that are organized by cultures around the world are often associated with the seasons. For instance, the harvest season is celebrated all over India, albeit in the unique ways of the particular region. And this is why festival tourism in India has come up in such a big way. Festivities have been an outlet to forge and nurture social bonds. In the olden days, the women of the community would gather around and amidst laughter and playful banter would get things ready for the festival.

Festivals have cultural and economic aspects along with a lot of entertainment. The customs, traditions, and rituals associated with a particular festival make sure that the younger generation gets to know about their significance. The livelihood of many families depends on these festivals. For instance, during Diwali, many small-time businesses spring up temporarily to sell earthen lamps, decorative items, candles, fireworks, idols, flowers, and more. Buying your festive essentials from such stalls helps with income generation for such marginalized businesses. During festivals, we decorate our homes and welcome friends and family and together have a good time. These little joys of togetherness and cheerfulness are the real highlights for tourists on a festive holiday.

Things to keep in mind

Each country in the world has its own culture and unique festival tours and in countries like India, each region has its own identity. Travelling to different parts of the world on festive getaways to experience the magic of different kinds of celebrations is a great way to explore their culture and traditions. However, there a few things that should be kept in mind when you are on a festive tour. To be welcomed in the midst of people on festival tourism, keeping an open mind is important as they might have a different way of life.

  • Learn about the culture

Long before you have boarded the flight for your festive break, invest some time to look up about the particular culture and why that particular festival is of significance. Try to learn about the history, traditions, and customs associated with that festival. This will not only help you imbibe the festivities fully but will also help in understanding the meaning of each aspect of the celebrations

  • Respect the culture

Once you have begun your festive holiday, the most important thing to remember is that you have been welcomed into the midst of people that could have a way of life quite different from yours. Respect the fact they have agreed to share their most intimate cultural heritage with you. It would be great if you could take the help of a local guide, conversant with the people and the place. The best festivals in the world have locals that guide you throughout.

  • Dress appropriately

Many festivals around the world have religious and spiritual connotations. And the guests are expected to respect this and dress according to guidelines. For example, many cultures in the world are wary of bare legs and arms and expect guests to cover up. Keep an open mind and be flexible to their wishes.

  • Eating mannerisms

Many cultures take their eating mannerisms quite seriously. Observe how others go about their food and act accordingly. Do not forget to express your gratitude for a satisfying meal.

  • Learn basic phrases

Learning some basic everyday phrases will help you not only communicate better but also build closeness with the locals.

  • Safety First 

Devote some time to conduct thorough online research on the safety aspect of the place where the festival tour is to take place. Look for any untoward incidents that might have taken place there. Your best bet will be to book your tour package with a reliable tour operator. Keep your valuables either in a safety deposit box in your hotel or carry them with you when you venture out. It is advisable to not to carry too much cash but have your money loaded on a forex card.

Most popular festivals around the world

India is the land of millions of deities, thousands of cultures and hundreds of regions, each with their distinct flavour. No wonder that some of the best festivals in the world are celebrated in India. Tourists from all over the world flock on festive getaways here not just to enjoy the festivities but also to understand the uniquely vibrant Indian culture. Likewise, many other festivals around the world have transcended geographical boundaries and become world festivals.

Here are some of the most happening festivals and carnivals around the world and the best part is that at Veena World, you will find excellent packages for them!

  • Rann Utsav, Gujarat, India

What started as a venture to promote tourism in the vibrant and colourful state of Gujarat in 2005, it has now become a mega phenomenon. Earlier a massive expanse of arid salt desert and the barren land surrounding it, the Rann of Kutch has now become alive with the most entertaining shows, folk art, music and dance and a culinary scene that attracts tourists from far and wide. The region was earlier considered the most backward in the state with the majority of the population engaged in artisanal work. And what a turnaround it has had. The Rann Utsav has put India’s festival tourism solidly on the world map. The beauty of the salt desert undergoes a surreal transformation on full moon nights and that is when most tourists love to come to this place. Guests are spoiled for choice with the vast array of exciting things to do and see. Tourists get to experience the once-in-a-lifetime chance of living in a tent under the starry skies. For the adventure enthusiasts, there are ATV rides, camel cart excursions, paragliding, horse riding, trek to Kala Dungar which offers majestic views of the Dattatreya Temple, rifle shooting among many others. For those who have leisure on their minds can partake in stargazing excursions, flamingo watching, a round of chess, spa sessions, yoga and meditation activities and a host of folk shows and folk-art exhibitions. The Rann Utsav is truly one of the most exciting festivals in India and more and more tourists are realizing the worth of it. This festival is usually celebrated from November to March, the dates being flexible.

  • La Tomatina, Spain

Although there are many cultural festivals around the world, the festival of La Tomatina and its spirit has been lodged firmly in popular culture. This festival is celebrated in Buñol (Spain) on the last Wednesday of August every year where people throw tomatoes at each other for fun. Covered countless times by mainstream media and movies, La Tomatina has now become one of the most-awaited festivals for tourists the world over. But what makes this festival so popular? Touted as the ‘world’s biggest food fight,’ more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are flung at each other by participants on their festival vacation. The small town of Buñol with a population of an estimated 10,000 sees its streets overflow with excited tourists. Legend has it that in 1945, a street brawl was started by a bunch of young boys who started pelting everyone with vegetables from nearby stands. They did the same the following year and this sort of became a tradition with more people joining in the fun. The day starts at 11 am when trucks carry tonnes of tomatoes into Plaza del Pueblo which is the town centre. As the trucks pass by, locals atop these trucks start throwing tomatoes at the festivalgoers, and thus ensues a tangy and messy food fight. After the trucks are gone, the participants get down to the ground, scoop for tomatoes and get ready for another round. People fall, get trampled over but with uncontrollable laughter continue hurling tomatoes. After the fight is over, the hungry locals and tourists get together for a slug-fest with delicious Spanish food like the Paella satiating their hunger. It has been described by tourists as one of the best experiences of their lives.

  • Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Who wouldn’t love to be a part of the ‘biggest party in the world’? There are many carnivals around the world and then there is the Rio Carnival. Long before the carnival actually begins, the city of Rio de Janeiro is gripped by the party fever. Thousands of tourists descend upon this city on festive breaks to join in the revelry of Brazil’s biggest celebration. And there’s no subtle way of joining in the festivities, you need to surrender yourself completely to enjoy the carnival to the fullest. The main events of the carnival take place in the Sambódromo, which is an open-air venue. The venue is extravagantly decorated keeping in line with the over the top celebrations. The runway is flanked by rows and rows of spectators on their festive holidays who cheer in their loudest best. As soon as you hear the beats of the steel drums, you know the party has officially begun. The samba beats get progressively pacier as the excitement in the air just blows up. The elaborately embellished, bordering on exaggeration, costumes of the samba dancers bedazzle you and you can’t help yourself grooving to the exotic music. No one is spared, and sooner or later, you would find everyone dancing, singing and having a gala time. The carnival has its roots in the 18th century when working-class Portuguese immigrants used to have some fun on the streets, mocking the lavish lifestyle of the rich. The festivities begin each year on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and the last six days leading up to it. The carnival officially commences when the Mayor of the city hands over the keys of the city to the mythical figure of King Momo who then leads the carnival. Apart from the main carnival, there are hundreds of street parties and festive tours that are simultaneously held. The Rio Carnival is one giant party that you wouldn’t want to get away from.

The bonhomie that reverberates through such times is quite infectious and takes everybody in its fold. The unique customs and traditions that are followed during this festival make sure that the same is followed with the same fervour as it has been done for generations.

Festival tour packages by Veena World

If you are already tapping your feet to imaginary music, maybe it is time for you to join the best festivals in the world. And who better than Veena World to fuel your escapades?! With multiple packages designed around the cultural festivals around the world as well as carnivals around the world, you better get your party kit ready. Conveniently browse through the many festival tours listed on our website, take your pick and book in a jiffy. With Veena World, get ready for a gala time and leave your planning worries to us.

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