What Are Festivals?

Philipp Schaetz

December 17, 2020

Traditionally, festivals are community celebrations that focus on food, music, dance, and art. They are special days of the year when people feel a heightened connection to their culture and their community.

Festivals can be as small as a few neighbors getting together to eat a potluck dinner or as large as a national event with thousands of attendees.

The key thing about festivals is that they are planned around a specific theme that is chosen to reflect the culture of a particular community or region.

Most festivals are held outdoors, but there are a growing number of festivals held indoors in community centers, museums, and other public spaces as well.

World's Largest Festivals

In the world of festivals, there are a number of standouts that attract more visitors each year than any other event.

The world's largest festival is the Kumbh Mela festival in India, which attracts more than 70 million visitors every 12 years.

The Kumbh Mela takes place in four cities across India at the same time and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The most recent Kumbh Mela was held in 2013, and it was attended by more than 70 million people over a period of six weeks.

The second-largest festival in the world is the Hajj, which is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is required of all Muslims who are physically and financially able to undertake the journey.

The Hajj is the world's largest annual gathering of people, and it attracts more than 3 million Muslims each year.

The third-largest festival in the world is the Thaipusam festival held in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Each year, more than 1.5 million people gather to celebrate the Hindu god Murugan.

The Thaipusam festival is dedicated to the piercing of the body in order to show devotion to the gods.

The fourth-largest festival in the world is the Kumba Mela festival in Kerala, India. This festival, which takes place every 12 years, attracts more than 1 million people.

The Kumba Mela festival is dedicated to the god Shiva.

The fifth-largest festival in the world is the Holi festival, which takes place in India. Each year, the Holi festival attracts more than 1 million people.

Holi is a harvest festival that is celebrated in India and Nepal.

The sixth-largest festival in the world is the Shivaratri festival held in Maharashtra, India. Each year, this festival attracts around 1 million people.

The Shivaratri festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The seventh-largest festival in the world is the Maha Shivaratri festival in India. Each year, this festival attracts more than 1 million people.

The Maha Shivaratri festival is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

The eighth-largest festival in the world is the Kumb Mela festival, which is held in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The Kumb Mela festival attracts around 1 million people each year.

The Kumb Mela festival is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

The ninth-largest festival in the world is the Kumbh Mela festival in Uttar Pradesh, India. The Kumbh Mela festival attracts more than 1 million people each year.

The Kumbh Mela festival is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

The tenth-largest festival in the world is the Maha Shivaratri festival, which is held in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. This festival attracts more than 1 million people each year.

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