From quaint street fairs to city-wide bacchanals, the best way to experience local culture, excitement and tradition when you travel to a foreign destination is to go during a festival. If there is one thing travelers should not be afraid is getting lost in otherworldly splendor, and what better way to visualize that then with these eye-popping world festivals.

Holi (Festival of Colors) – Hindu World

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Holi is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Revelers get doused in multicolored powder to spread cheer and share joy.

Winter Light Festival – Kuwana City, Japan

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With over seven million LED lights, the Nabana No Sato botanical garden celebrates winter in elegant style.

Carnevale – Venice, Italy

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In 1162, the Republic of Venice was victorious against an attempted invasion. Today, the city still celebrates the victory with exquisite costumes.

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival – USA

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The largest balloon festival in the world sees more than 750 hot air balloons assemble for nine days of festivities.

Burning Man – Nevada, USA

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Burning Man is an annual event that celebrates a culture of creation and self-reliance. Artists build dozens of wonderful installations, while musicians entertain crowds in this pop-up city in the desert.

Lantern Festivals – Asia

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The Lantern Festival celebrates the art of letting go by releasing hundreds of lanterns into the night sky for one magnificent spectacle.

The Sapporo Snow Festival – Japan

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Every February, monolithic sculptures take over Odori Park, creating a winter wonderland unlike anything else in the world.

Electric Forest Music Festival – Rothbury, Michigan

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The Electric Forest Festival is a four day music event which focuses on electronic and jam bands. Hosted in June, the surrounding environments and spectacular light shows blend together to create a surreal wilderness experience.