9 Cultural Celebrations You Need to Experience in Your Lifetime

Add these fantastic festivals to your bucket list

Updated 05/05/19
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There’s nothing like a trip to an unknown place—near or far—to ignite your passions and encourage new ideas, not to mention leave you happier and more inspired than ever. No matter what motivates you—be it an insatiable wanderlust or a quest for the perfect Instagram (no judgment!)—traveling is one of the most worthwhile things you can spend your hard-earned cash on. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, read on. We’ve rounding up nine spectacular celebrations around the world that are not only crazy fun but also tied to rich, unique histories, too. That's what we call a travel win-win.

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Chinese Lunar New Year

Celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, this celebration—also known as the Spring Festival—is centuries old, and honors several deities and ancestors. Today, it is celebrated with parades and various practices leading up to and during the welcoming of the new lunar year.

Where: China

When: February 8, 2016

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Oktoberfest

You have the next-level celebrations of a royal wedding in 1810 to thank for this monthlong love letter to beer, pretzels, bratwursts, and all things Bavarian. The 16-day folk festival attracts more than six million people from around the world who flock to fairgrounds to enjoy the festivities.

Where: Munich, Germany

When: September and October 2015

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Have you been to any of these festivals? What others would you add to the list? Tell us below!

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