From Germany to the plains of South Dakota, here are some more of the biggest parties the planet has to offer:
The biggest beer drinking festival in the world, Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany from late September to the first weekend in October. While currently garnering approximately five million visitors per year, Oktoberfest originated in 1810 in celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding to the Princess of Bavaria. In its early days, some of the festivities included horse racing and tree climbing among others. However, the festivities soon evolved into the euphoric beer appreciation festival for which it is known today, kicked off with a gun salute followed by the tapping of the keg.
The Burning Man festival is held annually at the end of August in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The yearly event initially began as a bonfire ritual in 1986, when a few friends decided to burn a nine-foot wooden effigy. Over time, the ritual grew in size and scope: many marched en masse to Black Rock Desert and the effigy grew to a whopping 40 feet tall. Nowadays, the party is a week-long celebration where, alongside the ritual burning, there is free-flow of clothing-optional liberal behavior and epiphanies. The principles include: extreme inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy.
The Hadaka Matsuri
Translated as the Naked Festival, the Hadaka Matsuri is a festival that occurs every winter in Japan. The festival involves thousands of men draped in loincloths and engaging in a giant water fight. The aim? To catch one of the ‘shingi’ (wooden sticks) dropped among the crowds that are said to bring one year of good luck.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Though not much of a party, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a celebration held by and for over half a million motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, South Dakota. The event began in 1938 by the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club and involved a single race. Now, though, the event has grown to encompass races, stunts, ramp jumps and even head-on collisions with automobiles.