If you’re looking for a vacation with a difference then you should consider a trip that takes in one or more of these incredible festivals from around the world. These huge, exhilarating events should be on everyone’s bucket list as people of all nationalities come together to celebrate life. Festivals are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the country’s culture so here are 12 of the best festivals you’ll not want to miss:

1. New Orleans Mardi Gras

World-famous ‘Fat Tuesday’ is one of the most well-known festivals in the world. The origins come from the preparation for the Christian period of Lent and nowhere does it in bigger and better style than New Orleans. Street parades, parties, carnivals, masquerade balls and cake are all part of the festivities that begin after Twelfth Night in January.

#1 New Orleans Mardi Gras

2. Glastonbury, England

One of the most iconic music festivals in the world takes place in the often-muddy fields of Glastonbury. It is the biggest open-air music festival on the planet and includes all genres of music, performing arts, comedy, theater and dance. There are hundreds of live acts every year with some of the biggest names in rock and pop performing on the main stage.

#2 Glastonbury, England