If you plan your trip to attend one of these world festivals, make sure that you pack a set of old clothes that you don’t mind ruining.
My Top 4 Messy World Festivals
La Tomatina Festival, Spain
What happens when thousands of people gather during the last Wednesday in August and throw a hundred tons of ripe tomatoes at each other? The result is a big red juicy, slippery food fight until the streets run with rivers of tomato sludge.
This festival takes place in the Spanish town of Bunol, Valencia and it also includes dancing, parades, music and fireworks.
Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
One of messiest world festivals takes place annually in July in the town of Boryeong, which is around 200km south of Seoul. The festival organisers bring huge trucks of mud from the Boryeong mud flats and truck it to the Daecheon beach area. The Boryeong Mud Festival was actually created in the 1990s as a promotional stunt to advertise a line of cosmetics made from Boryeoung mud.
The events at the festival include mud slides, a mud pool, mud skiing competitions and much more. There is also live music, competitions and a small marketplace that sells cosmetics made using Boryeong mud.
La Batalla del Vino, Spain
The Spanish really like to throw food at each other – this time it is wine. The “Battle of Wine” takes place on St. Peter’s Feast Day in June in a small town called Haro in La Rioja, one of the most beautiful wine producing regions in the country.
Thousands of people will gather together with plastic jugs filled with wine and squirt each other until everyone is soaked. Then, they will eat delicious food, drink wine and dance the night away.
Holi Festival, India
This is a spring Hindu religious festival that is celebrated all over India, Nepal and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus. The festival begins with a bonfire where people sing and dance, then the next morning is when participants throw dry powder and coloured water on each other.
At the end of a Holi celebration, you will be covered from head to toe in bright shades of pink, yellow, green, blue and all other colours of the rainbow.
These are just a few of the messiest world festivals. Have you ever attended any of these celebrations on your travels? Share your stories in the comments!