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May 17, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

UntitledIf you love to “get the party started” both in your home town and when you travel, you’ll no doubt be keen to hear about some of the coolest parties around the globe that you can sing, dance and revel at.

From epic music festivals to yearly seasonal celebrations, there are plenty of monster blowouts held in each continent where you can make some memories that will last a lifetime. If you’d like to party at some of the coolest events this year, read on for five great fiestas you don’t want to miss.

Fete De La Musique in France

Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Earth, and if you’re a music lover looking for a fun way to spend time in the city, an event such as Fete De La Musique is the perfect choice.

Held each year to celebrate the summer solstice, and scheduled for 21 June 2014, the festival brings a mass of jazz, hip-hop and other music events to Paris. Stages are erected around the city, particularly in the main tourist areas like Bastille, Montmartre and the Latin Quarter. Audiences can jive to a multitude of free performances from well-known names and up and coming musos.

The Fete De La Musique first began in 1982 when the country’s Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, learned that four million of his countrymen and women played an instrument. He encouraged all musicians to take to the streets and play live for 30 minutes. However, the crowd loved it and ended up playing all night instead. Since that time the city-wide party has been a popular yearly event, and the festival has even expanded to over 450 cities around the world.

Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival in Taiwan

If you like your parties with plenty of adrenaline, head to Tainan in Taiwan for the annual Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival (next held 5 March 2015). Even though it’s one of the most dangerous parties held around the globe, this crazy rocket festival attracts tens of thousands of revellers to the region every year. Rather than your usual New Year’s Eve fireworks, at the Yanshui event rockets don’t light up the sky but are actually detonated into the audience instead!

The party first started after a cholera outbreak in 1875 that decimated the population. Survivors were scared of the demons they believed unleashed the epidemic, so they lit lanterns to welcome Guan Di, the God of War, then added in some firecrackers in a hope that all the bad spirits would be banished. The illness disappeared soon after and ever since the festival has been continued, held on the 15th day of the first lunar month. After the rockets are launched party-goers dance in the leftover ash then head to local street stalls for drinks.Untitled1

Carnival in Italy

If masked balls and intrigue are more your cup of tea, it’s time to head to the famous Carnival in Venice. The event will next be held from 31 January to 17 February 2015 and the 12-day extravaganza provides tourists with a wonderful, albeit perhaps chaotic, entree to the ancient Italian city.

Carnival, like others around the world of the same name, was created as a time of decadence and debauchery before the repressive period of Lent. These days, the event is renowned for colourful masks, big parades, lots of drinking and dancing, plus entertainment like jousting tournaments, live theatre performances and the world-famous Mascheranda (masked) Ball.

Guca Trumpet Festival in Serbia

Another raucous European party is the Guca Trumpet Festival, held in Guca, Serbia, for one week each August. Normally a quiet village (it’s located a three-hour drive from Belgrade), Guca transforms into party central, with its population swelling from 2000 to a massive half-million each year. The major event of the festival is the epic trumpet competition, where many bands battle to win the much-coveted Golden Trumpet Award.  Apart from Untitled2all the music, the party also features belly dancers, lots of drinking and excited dancing, and temporary market stalls.

Holi in India

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, is a Hindu event that’s celebrated around the world but, of course, massive throughout India in particular, and one of the most vibrant parties of the year.

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season (it will next be held March 6 2015) and is one of the most beloved festivals in the Hindu calendar. On the day of Holi festival-goers take to the streets holding colourful packets of powder plus super-soakers filled with coloured water, all of which is thrown or sprayed around, leading to a rainbow-coloured population by the end of the day. Apart from this entertainment, Holi is also a time when social barriers are broken down between people, and when families get together to exchange gifts, decorate their homes and eat special meals.

Fete de la Musique image by Nicolas Vigier on Flickr. 

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