Contributed by Susan K.

Wedding, births and many other happy occasions are celebrated around the world in very distinct ways; however, when a whole country celebrates you know it’s going to fun in unique ways.  Here are my favorite celebrations from around the world:

Oktoberfest.  This 16-day festival, held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and running from late September to the first weekend in October, is the world’s largest fair with about 5 million people attending each year.  It all started to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810.  Visitors can enjoy traditional foods such as grilled ham hock and sausages and wash it all down with a variety of beers.

Carnaval de Rio di Baha.  The carnival in Rio lasts for two days but the duration of the entire event is a week.  This festival occurs right before Lent, allowing you to get all of partying out of your system. It starts with a giant parade where everyone gets to participate anyway they please.  You can wear masks and costumes and dance all day.

Holi.  This religious springtime festival is celebrated by Hindus. During this event, the caste system is thrown aside and everyone has fun with each other.  The day is marked by throwing scented, colored powder at each other. Polite behavior is not expected so everyone just runs around in a state of total enjoyment. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the celebration and I find this to be the one of the merriest ways to celebrate spring.

What is your favorite celebration?