NO ONE is going anywhere at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t remember a time when life was more exciting than baking bread and watching Tiger King on Netflix.
From the bright colours of Holi, to the elaborate costumes of Comic Con, here’s what it looks like when the world celebrates.
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1. HOLI, WORLDWIDE BUT PREDOMINANTLY IN INDIA
Once a year in March, the young and old come together in the most colourful of ways at Holi.
This Indian festival celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and involves dancing to wooden drums and throwing brightly coloured powder at each other.
Red represents love and fertility, green means new beginnings, blue is for the Hindu god Krishna and yellow stands for the natural remedy turmeric.
It might take days to come out of your hair and never come out of your clothes, so wear white and you’ll have a souvenir you can wear for years to come.
2. BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL, SOUTH KOREA
What started as an event to promote the beauty benefits of the mineral-rich mud from Boryeong has turned into one messy beachside party.
There are mud wresting, mud slides, mud fountains and a mud prison, with some K-Pop parties in the mix.
Mudfest, as it’s also known, takes over Daecheon Beach and downtown Boryeong with truck loads of mud brought in from the region’s mud flats to slip and slide in.
3. GLASTONBURY, UK
What started as a 1,500 capacity festival in 1970 where tickets cost £1 and included free milk now brings more than 200,000 music lovers together.
Sadly this year’s 50th anniversary with Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift as headliners has been cancelled.
Until it is able to start up again, Glastonbury’s Spotify will be sharing playlists from acts that would have been on stage so you can put your wellies on and dance at home.
4. COMIC CON, USA AND WORLDWIDE
The ultimate geek-fest, Comic Con started in San Diego in 1972 and now has spin offs around the globe.
San Diego Comic Con brings more than 130,000 sci-fi, fantasy and superhero fans together and as well as seeing the creators and stars of their favourite comics, movies and TV shows.
One of the best parts is seeing fellow fans rocking their cosplay.
5. LOWER KEYS UNDERWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL, FLORIDA, USA
Forget air guitars, at this festival you’ll be breaking out your water ones as you play along with mermaids on trom-bonefish and fluke-a-leles.
Held in the Florida Keys to raise awareness for coral preservation, this festival pipes music into the water through underwater speakers so divers and snorkellers can groove along to ocean themed tunes including The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, Jimmy Buffett’s Fins and tracks from The Little Mermaid.
6. MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS, USA
One of the greatest street parties in the world, at Mardi Gras in New Orleans more than 11 million tonnes of beads, cups, sunglasses and other trinkets are thrown to the crowd by carnival krewes, the creative powers behind the elaborate floats and masquerade balls.
While Mardi Gras is technically one day on Fat Tuesday, the New Orleans carnival goes for weeks with the biggest parties and parades taking place the weekend before the official day.
7. AFRIKABURN, SOUTH AFRICA
Part of the Burning Man family, Afrikaburn takes place in the semidesert of Tankwa Karoo where a desolate space is temporarily transformed into a creative community full of theme camps, mutant vehicles, huge sculptures, and burning works of art.
Afrikaburn abides by the 10 principles of Burning Man including leaving no trace, gifting and radical self-reliance, but has added an 11th, ‘Each One Teach One’ to encourage the sharing of knowledge.
And just like Burning Man, you’ll need to bring everything you need to survive.
8. LA TOMATINA, SPAIN
The biggest food fight in the world brings around 40,000 people and more than 100 metric tonnes of…
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