Popular Festivals of Different Countries.

The word “festival” was originally used as an adjective from the late fourteenth century, deriving from Latin via Old French. In Middle English, a “festival dai” was a religious holiday. Its first recorded use as a noun was in 1589 (as “Festifall”). Feast first came into usage as a noun circa 1200, and its first recorded use as a verb was circa 1300. The term “feast” is also used in common secular parlance as a synonym for any large or elaborate meal. When used as in the meaning of a festival, most often refers to a religious festival rather than a film or art festival. In the Philippines and many other former Spanish colonies, the Spanish word fiesta is used to denote a communal religious feast to honour a patron saint.

Many festivals have religious origins and entwine cultural and religious significance in traditional activities. The most important religious festivals such as Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, and Eid al-Adha serve to mark out the year. Others, such as harvest festivals, celebrate seasonal change. Events of historical significance, such as important military victories or other nation-building events also provide the impetus for a festival. An early example is a festival established by Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses III celebrating his victory over the Libyans.[9] In many countries, royal holidays commemorate dynastic events just as agricultural holidays are about harvests. Festivals are often commemorated annually.

There are numerous types of festivals around the world and most countries celebrate important events or traditions with traditional cultural events and activities. Most culminate in the consumption of specially prepared food (showing the connection to “feasting”) and they bring people together. Festivals are also strongly associated with national holidays. Lists of national festivals are published to make participation easier.

List of Festivals Around the World:

Famous Festival Region
Alba White Truffle Festival Alba, Italy
Baltic Herring Festival Helsinki, Finland
Burning Man Northern Nevada, United States
Chinchilla Melon Festival (Watermelon) Australia
Chocolate Festival London, UK
Holi Festival  India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
International Mango Festival New Delhi, India
Ivrea Orange Festival Ivrea, Italy
Maine Lobster Festival Rockland USA
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in English) New Orleans, Louisiana
Maslenitsa Festival (Pancake Festival) Moscow, Russia
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Melbourne, Australia
Mistura Food Festival Lima, Peru
Monkey Buffet Festival Lopburi Province, Thailand
Oktoberfest Munich, Germany
Onion Eating Festival Spain
Orange Festival Poland
Pancake Festival Moscow, Russia
Potato Festival Sweden
San Francisco Street Food Festival San Francisco, USA
Tomato Festival Spain
Vegetarian Festival Thailand


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Famous Food Festival around the World:

Famous Food Festival Name Country
Chinchilla Melon Festival Australia
La Tomatina Spain
Battle of the Oranges Italy
Waikiki Spam Jam Hawaii


Galway Oyster Festival Europe
Menton Lemon Festival France
Maine Lobster Fest USA
Bug Eating Festival America
Wildfoods Festival New Zealand
Savour Singapore
Alba White Truffle Festival Italy
Taste Festival London
Taste Festival Ireland
Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival Ireland
Grillstock UK
Gilroy Garlic Festival United States
Hatch Chile Festival United States
Vegetarian Festival Thailand
San Francisco Street Food Festival USA
Potato Festival Sweden
Pancake Festival Russia
Orange Festival Poland
Onion Eating Festival Spain
Oktoberfest Germany
Monkey Buffet Festival Thailand
Abergavenny Food Festival UK
Baltic Herring Festival Finland
Chocolate Festival UK
International Mango Festival New Delhi, India
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Australia
Mooncake Festival China
Slow Food Festival Italy
Shrimp Festival France
Autumn Festival Switzerland
Nantwich Food Festival UK
Mistura Food Festival Peru


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