If you've recently started a bucket list, consider adding the following world events to it. While the list is certainly not all inclusive of the many world events you should witness in your lifetime, it is a good jumping off point.
Oktoberfest: If you like beer, you will love Oktoberfest. The event, which takes place every year in Munich, Germany begins in September and lasts for about two weeks. The main feature of Oktoberfest is the beer tents, where individuals can drink different beers beginning as early as 10am. Oktoberfest also boasts carnival rides and specific family days. Drawing nearly six million festival goers every single year, it is certainly an event that you have to see to believe!
Mardi Gras: The term Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday." The day is a celebration of eating fattening, sweet, and just all around delicious foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins the following day (known as Ash Wednesday). Although Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world, one of the most well-known Mardi Gras festivals takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this time, the city is basically shut down and the streets are filled with parades, floats, food vendors, and individuals wearing elaborate costumes. If you're looking for some extra fun, take a quick trip to the French Quarter...just make sure to leave the kids at home!
New Years Eve at Times Square, New York: Watching the ball drop in New York City and being surrounded by literally a million other people is something you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. The yearly celebration draws tourists from all over the world who come to not only see the ball drop, but also experience musical performances by the most popular artists and post-ball drop New Years Eve parties.
La Tomatina: Potentially a less familiar event, La Tomatina takes place in the town of Buñol, Spain. Tomatina consists of a huge tomato fight. The brawl lasts an entire hour and attendees are required to smash tomatoes in their hands before hurling them through the air at any potential victim. The event takes place on the last Wednesday of August each year. Nearly 50,000 individuals attended the ultimate tomato food fight in 2012.
Interested in learning more about world events to witness in your lifetime? Consider researching the Running of the Bulls, the Burning Man Festival, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. If you discover more events that you'd love to add to the list, feel free to comment below.