Discovering the World’s Most Vibrant Festivals from Moncton: A Cultural Journey

As an Indian expatriate residing in the quaint, charming city of Moncton, New Brunswick, the allure of global festivals has always captivated me. Back home, festivals like Diwali and Holi are grand spectacles of joy and togetherness. Here in Moncton, while the community is warm and welcoming, I often find myself longing to experience the diverse cultural festivities that the world has to offer. Hence, I embarked on a quest to learn about the world’s most fascinating festivals, their unique traditions, and the sheer number of people who celebrate these remarkable events.

1. Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Rio Carnival is a world-famous extravaganza, drawing nearly 2 million people per day on the streets. It’s a burst of music, dance, and costumes, showcasing Brazil’s vibrant culture and the pulsating rhythms of samba.

2. Diwali, India

Back home, Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by almost a billion people. It’s a magical time with fireworks, lamps, and sweets, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. In Moncton , Indo- Canada associations starrted celelbration of Diwali at large scale.

3. Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, attracts over 6 million visitors annually. This 16-18 day folk festival is filled with traditional Bavarian music, delicious foods, and, of course, a wide variety of beers.

4. Holi, India and Nepal

Celebrated by millions across India and Nepal, Holi is a vibrant festival of colors. It’s a jubilant occasion where people smear colored powder on each other, dance, and enjoy festive foods.

5. Mardi Gras, New Orleans, USA

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a cultural spectacle, attracting over 1.4 million revelers. The festival is famous for its masquerade balls, colorful parades, and lively jazz music.

6. Chinese New Year, Worldwide

This is the most important traditional festival in Chinese culture, celebrated by over a billion people worldwide. It features dragon dances, fireworks, and family reunions.

7. La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

Around 20,000 participants gather for La Tomatina to engage in the world’s largest tomato fight. It’s a unique and exhilarating experience, full of fun and laughter.

8. Burning Man, Nevada, USA

Drawing about 70,000 participants, Burning Man is more than a festival; it’s a community dedicated to art, self-expression, and self-reliance, culminating in the burning of a large wooden effigy.

9. Glastonbury Festival, England

With over 175,000 attendees, Glastonbury is a legendary music festival, known for its eclectic mix of music and performances. It’s a haven for music lovers and cultural enthusiasts.

10. Songkran Water Festival, Thailand

This traditional Thai New Year festival sees millions engaging in country-wide water fights. It’s a refreshing, joyous celebration that symbolizes cleansing and rejuvenation.

Living in Moncton, far from these global hotspots, I’ve realized the power of festivals to unite and celebrate humanity’s diverse cultures. Each festival, with its unique customs and massive gatherings, is a testament to the spirit of community and joy that transcends geographical boundaries. I have been fortunate enough to celebrate Diwali, Holid, Chinese New Year, and Glastonbury Music Festival.

Ketan Raval
Working for Let's Nurture Canada,Founder Moncton Cares Rotarian, Planning And Advisory Council Member For City of Moncton, Board of Director for New Brunswick Business Immigrant Association. Global Shaper from World Economic Forum, BNI Member. Investor, Business partners, have successfully failed, have failed fast. Supporter of all good, Friends of many, Son of few, Father of two ,Husband of One. Spending free time in writing, reading, watching sports. Love to spend time with good people instead of smart people