5 Most Celebrated Festivals Around the World

As we announced Tumbhi’s Photography Contest – Festivals, we looked for the wonderful festivals celebrated around the world. Here is Tumbhi’s pick of 5 most celebrated festivals around the world.

Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan

The Sky Lantern Festival lasts from the 12th till 15th of the Lunar New Year. During this period more than 100,000 hot air balloons decorate the sky. Pingxi is a remote mountain town which is an hour-long drive from Taipei.

It is said that this festival originated around two thousand years ago. Made out of oiled rice paper, bamboo filaments, sheepskin, silk, or satin, the lanterns have a large candle at the bottom. With the heat of the lamp, the lantern linger in the air.

The most prominent activity for the attendees there is to buy a lantern, write their desires and ambitions on it and then send it into the heavens!

Diwali, India

The 5-day Diwali festival is the biggest festival in India and is time for celebrations and joy. It is the festival of lights, fireworks, mouthwatering delicacies and colored sand. Diwali also marks the end of harvest season in India. People worship the goddess Lakshmi, which is the goddess of beauty, wealth and prosperity because people believe that her worship will bring them good fortune.

This festival of light represents the triumph of good over evil.

Harbin Ice Festival, China

Officially, the Harbin Ice Festival starts on Jan 5th and lasts for a month. Harbin is located in Northeast China and the direct influence of cold winter wind from Siberia helps in this festival. During this time, the whole city is decorated with ice sculptures. It is the largest Ice festival in the world and is said to be photographers’ paradise.

It starts in a grand manner with a huge fireworks display. During the closing time in February, the visitors get a chance to smash the sculptures with ice picks.

More than 800,000 visitors visit Harbin during the festival.

New Year Celebrations in Sydney Harbour

New Year Celebrations are held every year over Sydney Harbour centering on the Harbour Bridge. Each year, the event has a new theme and is viewed by one million people at the harbor and one billion worldwide for the televised display. The two main features are the two pyrotechnic displays – 9pm Family Fireworks and Midnight Fireworks which are synchronized to a soundtrack.

Presented by The City of Sydney Council, this festival is a must watch on the New Year Eve.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico


This largest hot air balloon festival in the world, is a yearly festival of hot air balloons happening during early October over a period of nine days. The festival happens in Albuquerque because of the just right temperature it offers during morning and evening. The right combination of weather and geography give the balloonists great control over their balloons and makes Albuquerque a great place to launch hundreds of balloons. With its great safety records, this is the only Balloon event where attendees and viewers can walk among the balloons.

While the Balloon Fiesta Park is spread over 360 acres, the size of the launch field is 78 acres – equivalent to the size of 56 football fields!

So here is our pick and we do know that there are thousands of such great festivals happening around the year in different parts of the world. Take a clue, capture great festive moments and send in your entries in the contest.

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