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Where: Mayrhofen – Austria
When: 3 – 8 April 2017
Snow bombing is the biggest party on the snow held in Mayrhofen, Austria in April every year. Primarily a festival about snow sports, ithas grown to become the biggest music festival in the mountains over the past few years. Billed as a Ride N Seek event (a snowboard competition like no other) you’ll see the pros of the industry throwing some serious tricks in the park by day and watch an eclectic mix of music acts each night. Add in a fancy-dress day where the mountain is filled with colorful skiwear and fake mustaches – it’s one of the best festivals on snow!
Where: Bunol, Valencia – Spain
When: 30 August 2017
La Tomatina Festival takes place in a Spanish town in Valencia (Buñol). I went there in 2008 and it was a crazy fun festival. At around 10 am, the tomato war is starting. A few small trucks go inside the town, bringing with them kilos and kilos of tomatoes. They let the tomatoes drop to the ground, and that signals the beginning of the party. If you´ve ever wondered if this is painful, then you shouldn´t worry. Most of time, the tomatoes you will get are the mashed or crushed tomatoes that you can use to throw to your friends and even to strangers also partaking in the party. You´ll definitely get dirty. There will always be nice locals who will take out their hose and will splash the people with water so they can get cleaned. Bringing goggles are highly recommended. The event is definitely so much fun!
IA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD)
Where: Mexico City – Mexico
When: 31 October – 2 November 2017
Always a festival in Mexico, the opening scenes of the James Bond movie, Specter depicted a lavish parade that has ‘encouraged’ the Mexican Government to turn it into a reality. And the first Day of the Dead Festival was held in Mexico City in 2016. The interest in the parade is so vast that Mexico anticipate it becoming as big as Rio’s Carnival in the years to come. When not visit in 2017 before it gets too crowded?!
MEVLANA WHIRLING DERVISHES
Where: Konya – Turkey
When: 7 – 17 December 2017
Men dressed in white’s robes and tall hats spinning in circles doesn’t sound as exciting as running with the bulls or dancing at Rio’s Carnival, but the chance to watch the Whirling Dervishes will change you in a way you’d never expect. Based on the teachings and practices of the 13th-century poet Rumi, this 10-day festival will expose you to the power of devotion and show you that spinning can do more than just make you dizzy.
Where: Amsterdam – Netherlands
When: 27 April 2017
Every year on April 27 Amsterdam turns a very bright shade of orange for King’s Day, which is the King’s birthday (Willem-Alexander of the House of Orange). It’s a crazy fun celebration when the center of the city is basically car, tram, and bike-free simply because there are too many people on foot. It has a contagious festival-like atmosphere with street vendors, a market day when anyone can sell pretty much anything (except alcohol), and an insane boat parade party on the canals that will have you dancing unconsciously. It’s a festival that can put a smile on everyone’s face! Tips: Bring a jacket, wear orange, bring cash. Want to know more? Read How to Have the Best King’s Day Ever in Amsterdam