Where to Find the Messiest Festivals in the World


Revelers celebrating the Indian festival of Holi, in New York City ©CNN.com

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Oranges, pillows, wine, you name it–there is a messy festival somewhere in the world for it.

While the U.K.’s Glastonbury festival is a de facto mud festival, South Korea’s Boryeong Mud Festival is a real live one. The 15-year-old festival just wrapped up last month, and initially started as a marketing initiative for a cosmetics company.

If mud isn’t your bag, there’s a somewhat cleaner fest in Austria for body painting enthusiasts. The World Bodypainting Festival in Pörtschach attracts a diverse crowd of bedazzled, prosthetics-wearing, body art fans ever July.

Read more details and see a full slideshow of the featured festivals at CNN.com.

  1. Hey mate, I am headed to India next year for Holi festival and was wondering if you could tell me where the best place in the country was to go to celebrate. I realize lots of cities do their thing but is there anything that stands out about one in particular?

  2. I definitely have Holi on my travel plans but surely one of the messiest festivals is Tomatina in Spain. A great festival and it must be one of the worlds biggest food fights.

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