The Best Historical Festivals Around the World

The world over, communities and societies love to celebrate their history. In many places, people hold festivals to mark and remember their past. These events are sights to behold- seeing people re-enact happenings from the past and appreciate where they have come from is always excellent.

You can enjoy these festivals even if you do not belong to the said communities. If you are a globetrotter, here are historical events you can enjoy around the world:

History Live- England

The most significant historical festival in Europe is held every year in England. It is organised and run by English Heritage, a charity organisation that takes care of more than 400 historical events in the country. The venue of the festival is Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire.

During the events, enthusiasts of history wear costumes and re-enact various English historical events and periods. This is done through storytelling, aerial displays, demonstrations, and children’s activities. People of all ages participate in the event, which aims to promote English culture.

The festival began in 2003, then known as ‘The Festival of History.’ The first edition was held in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. It attracted 10,000 people. The same venue hosted the 2004 event before subsequent editions were moved to Kelmarsh Hall.

Diwali- India

This Hindu festival also doubles as a religious festival. It is held annually for five days. Also known as the ‘festival of lights,’ it is a time to celebrate light over darkness, good over evil. Celebrants prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes. Hindus outside India also celebrate the festival, which has spread even to some non-Hindu populations.

The Jaisalmer Desert Festival -India

As the February full moon approaches, the festival comes to life at the Thar Desert, India.  Folklore, folk music, and other Indian traditions are displayed at the Sam Sand Dunes for three days before the full moon blossoms.

Oktoberfest- Munich, Germany

A beer fest is as much of a historical festival as any other. Every year, for the 16 days leading to the first Sunday of October, people gather in Bavaria and try to replicate what has been done since 1810. Over six million people take part in the beer, games, amusement rides and general interactions. The festival has been replicated in other parts of Germany and the world.