Wanderlist: Celebrations and Festivals Around the World


Today I am sharing my celebrations and festivals around the world Wanderlist. All the Thanksgiving related posts in my Bloglovin list made me think of celebrations and festivals I’ve experienced, as well as the ones on my list I’ve still yet to enjoy.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetThanksgiving – I see all these photos with delicious food and happy family times. I love pumpkins, I love pie, I love cranberries and I love family gatherings, so I think this one is for me. Sure I’ve had fake Euro Thanksgivings but even the hosts admitted it’s just not the same. Anyone inviting me for Thanksgiving 2015?

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetDias de los Muertos – I know day of the dead has been glorified outside Mexico, but I want to see how it is in the country itself. I like how the holiday focuses on gathering family and friends together to remember and honour the deceased. They celebrate that the deceased return to their homes back on earth to visit and celebrate with their beloved ones.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetMidsummer – decorating your house, braiding your hair, dancing around the May pole to celebrate the longest day of the year in Sweden … it has Tea written all over it. Who is putting forward their summer cottage for Midsummer 2015?

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetLa Tomatina – There is just something about running down the streets of Bunol and throwing and ducking for tomatoes. I like to think of it as two teams against each other: one shouting ‘tomato’ and throwing at the other team who claim it’s ‘tomato’. Hell of a playground. Yes, let’s schedule this for August 2015 … or June 2015, where the Colombian spin-off takes place in Sutamarchán.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetYi Peng Latern Festival – this lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Taiwan celebrates the cleansing of evil and disease from the town. People decorate lanterns with wishes off into the sky to let others know that the town was safe. One week after the official Yi Peng ceremony there is a lantern release for tourists and it’s only accessible for people who bought for a ticket in advance.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetHoli – In the recent years every self-respecting city organised a colour festival, but it just doesn’t speak to me. For the real experience (the one where people look at you because you are not covered in coloured powder instead of the other way round) you have to be in India.


Have you experienced any of these? And what celebrations are on your list?

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  1. The lights look awesome!

    And about this colour-festival-hype that’s going through the Netherlands, the real thing must be much better!

  2. This is such an interesting post! Never knew there were so many unique festivals celebrated (apart from the lantern festival since i’m from asia)
    Would love to be part of Midsummer in sweeden! Looks like a really fun party!

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses

  3. If you come to Mexico to celebrate “el día de muertos” then you shoould do it in Paztcuaro Michoacan, I know you may heard some histories on the news, but actually it is a very turistic place.

    x, Abril

  4. This is a great list – all of them sound so interesting!! Sadly I’ve never experienced any of these festivals but I hope to change that.

    Also as fun as the tomato fight looks (and I’m longing to do it myself) for some reason all I can think of is how long it would take to clean up. Am I boring? Maybe

  5. I’ve never experienced midsummer in Sweden but when I was studying Scandinavian studies at university, we organized a midsummer party every summer and it was always popular and well-visited 🙂 I’d love to experience it in Sweden, too!

  6. I so would love to attend Midsummer, sounds like just my kind of place.
    In China they also celebrate the lantern festival at the end of their Chinese New Year festivities and it’s amazing, there’s something magical about watching hundreds of lantern float up in the air.

    xx Cheyenne

  7. I’ve never experienced these, but I have been in South Korea for Chuseok, the autumn harvest season (kind of like Thanksgiving). We dressed in tradional hanbok and made songpyeong–rice cake balls stuffed with nuts and other goodies. It’s a really cool experience. I love reading about these celebrations in other cultures! Thanks for sharing!


  8. This is such a great post! I would love to attend a Holi festival. There have been some local festivals near me in Brooklyn/NYC that were organized this summer, but I haven’t had a chance to go, and I don’t know how “authentic” they are.

  9. Really perfect post! I love reading about different cultures, customs and festivals! It always makes me want to go there and experience that 🙂