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January - Chun Jie (Spring Festival/Chinese New Year), China

CHINA | Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | Views [7542]

Location: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong Dates: Lunar New Year (between 19 January and 20 February) Level of Participation: 3 – there’s a host of activities relating to Chinese New Year, and your level of involvement ... Read more >

Tags: china, chinese new year, chun jie, hong kong, spring festival, world festivals


January - Ati-Atihan, Philippines

PHILIPPINES | Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | Views [3561] | Video

Location: Kalibo, Philippines. Most of the action centres on Pastrana Park. Dates: Third week in January Level of Participation: 4 – prepare to be dragged into the heart of the parade Description: ... Read more >

Tags: ati-atihan, philippines, world festivals


January - Kaapse Klopse (Cape Minstrel Carnival), South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | Views [4832] | Video

Location: Cape Town, South Africa. The parade begins on Darling St, in front of Old City Hall, and passes through Bo-Kaap en route to Green Point Stadium. Dates: Starts 2 January, and goes for a month Level of Participation:... Read more >

Tags: cape minstrel carnival, south africa, world festivals


December - Procession of St. Lazarus, Cuba

CUBA | Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | Views [5910] | Video

Location: Santuario de San Lázaro, El Rincón, Cuba Dates: 16 December Level of Participation: 5 – walk, crawl or prostrate yourself if you really must Description: For a pilgrimage worth bloodying ... Read more >

Tags: cuba, procession of st. lazarus, world festivals


December - Klausjagen (Chasing the Claus), Switzerland

SWITZERLAND | Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | Views [4152] | Video

Location: Küssnacht, Switzerland Dates: 5 December Level of Participation: 5 – take revenge for all those years you didn’t get the present you asked for Description: Cast aside any preconceptions ... Read more >

Tags: klausjagen, switzerland, world festivals


December - Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil), Guatemala

GUATEMALA | Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | Views [7546] | Video

Location: Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala Dates: 7 December Level of Participation: 2 – you’ll be watching, unless you fancy throwing out some rubbish Description: If you want some good ... Read more >

Tags: guatemala, quema del diablo, world festivals


September - Burning Man, USA

USA | Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | Views [9151] | Comments [1]

Burning Man. Photo by [lightmatter], Flickr.com Location: Black Rock Desert, Gerlach, Nevada Dates: Week prior to and including Labor Day weekend (first Monday in September) Level of Participation: 5 - stay alive in the desert and contribute ... Read more >

Tags: burning man, concerts, usa, world festivals


September - Dasain, Nepal

NEPAL | Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | Views [4120] | Video

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Dates: Fifteen days ending on the full moon in late September/early October Level of Participation: 2 – steel yourself for mass sacrifices and a procession of swords   Description:... Read more >

Tags: dasain, nepal, world festivals


September - Henley-on-Todd Regatta, Australia

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | Views [29926] | Video

Location: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Dates: Saturday at the end of August/beginning of September Level of Participation: 5 – get ready for the desert challenge Description: ... Read more >

Tags: australia, henley-on-todd regatta, world festivals


June - Duanwu Jie (Dragon Boat Festival), China

CHINA | Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | Views [4087]

Location: Húnán province, China Dates: Fifth day of the fifth lunar month Level of Participation: 1 – watch the dragons race Description: During the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on 8 June ... Read more >

Tags: china, dragon boat festival, duanwu jie, world festivals


June - Battala Dos Vinos (Battle of the Wines), Spain

SPAIN | Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | Views [3401] | Video

Location: Biliblio, La Rioja, Spain Date: 29 June Description: On St. Pedro’s Day in Hara, capital of northern Spain’s Rioja-producing region, thousands of people take to the streets toting water pistols loaded with wine. If they’re ambitious, ... Read more >

Tags: drinking, festivals, parties, safety, spain, travel, wine, world festivals


June - Glastonbury Festival, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | Views [4577]

Location: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England Dates: Last weekend in June Level of Participation: 3 – groove on down in wellie boots Description: Welcome to Glasto. The ... Read more >

Tags: england, glastonbury festival, uk, world festivals


May - Pooram, India

INDIA | Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | Views [3419] | Video

Location: Vadakkumnatha Temple, Thrissur, India Dates: Held in the Malayalam month of Medam (April or May) Level of Participation: 1 - watch big elephants and big fireworks Description: The city of Thrissur is Kerala’s festival hot spot ... Read more >

Tags: elephants, india, pooram, world festivals


May - Naghol (Land Diving), Vanuatu

VANUATU | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | Views [6769] | Comments [1] | Video

Location: Pentecost Island, Vanuatu Dates: Diving ceremonies usually take place each Saturday through April and May. Level of Participation: 1 – watch the brave islanders take the plunge Description: When the first yam crop emerges in early ... Read more >

Tags: land diving, naghol, pentecost island, vanuatu, world festivals


May - Bun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival), Laos & Thailand

LAOS | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | Views [5394]

Bun Bang Fai. Photo by [NeilsPhotography], Flickr.com Location: Throughout Laos and northeastern Thailand Date: Usually on the May full moon Level of Participation: 1 - join the crowd and watch the rockets fly Description: In Southeast ... Read more >

Tags: laos, nun bang fai, rocket festival, thailand, world festivals


April - Songkran Water Festival (Thai New Year), Thailand

THAILAND | Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | Views [10982] | Video

Location: Thailand Dates: 13–15 April Level of Participation: 5 – Songkran is a no-holds-barred water fight, and tourists are fair game, both to be soaked and to do the soaking. Description: The lunar New Year in Thailand marks a time when ... Read more >

Tags: songkran water festival, thai new year, thailand, world festivals


April/May – Lotus Lantern Festival, South Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | Views [9427] | Video

Location: Seoul, South Korea Dates: late April or early May (dependent upon lunar calendar) Level of Participation: 3 – soak up the festival experience – taste temple food, enjoy artistic performances and create your ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, lotus lantern festival, south korea, world festivals


April - Queen's Day, Netherlands

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | Views [2142]

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands Dates: 30 April (if 30 April is a Sunday it’s celebrated on 29 April) Level of Participation: 5 – go mad in the streets of Amsterdam Description: Birthday celebrations for queens are supposed to involve tea ... Read more >

Tags: amsterdam, netherlands, queens day, world festivals


April - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, USA

USA | Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | Views [2207] | Video

Location: Fair Grounds, New Orleans, USA Dates: Last weekend of April and first weekend of May Level of Participation: 5 – all the jazz a cat can handle Description: Where else would you want your jazz than in the city that spawned it? After ... Read more >

Tags: new orleans jazz festival, usa, world festivals


April - Walpurgisnacht (Witches' Night), Germany

GERMANY | Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | Views [5706] | Video

Location: Brocken, Harz Mountains, Germany Dates: 30 April Level of Participation: 4 – climb a mountain to enjoy the witching hour Description: What better way to see out April than on a mountain top in the company of witches and warlocks. ... Read more >

Tags: brocken, germany, harz mountains. world festivals, walpurgisnacht


April - Sister's Meal Festival, China

CHINA | Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | Views [9978] | Video

Location: Shīdòng, China Dates: Begins on the 15th day of the third lunar month (usually mid- to late April) Level of Participation: 1 – watch love weave its spell Description: Love is in the air in this courtship ritual in eastern Guìzhōu, ... Read more >

Tags: china, sisters meal festival, world festivals


April - Bisket Jatra (Nepali New Year), Nepal

NEPAL | Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | Views [4092] | Video

Location: Khalna Tole, Bhaktapur, Nepal Dates: Mid-April (the beginning of the Nepali month of Baisakh) Level of Participation: 1 – watch the chariot rumble by Description: Bisket Jatra heralds the start of the Nepali New Year and is celebrated ... Read more >

Tags: bhaktapur, bisket jatra, nepal, nepal, world festivals


April - World Marbles Championship, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | Views [2948] | Video

Location: The Greyhound, Tinsley Green, England Dates: Good Friday Level of Participation: 1 or 5 – if your thumb is in marble shape you can compete; otherwise, simply marvel at the marble maestros. Description: You probably played marbles ... Read more >

Tags: england, world festivals, world marbles championship


March - Semana Santa (Holy week) Antigua, Guatemala & Seville, Spain

SPAIN | Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | Views [6050] | Comments [1] | Video

Location: Antigua, Guatemala and Seville, Spain. Seville’s carrera oficial (official route) begins on Calle Campana, follows Calle Sierpes to Plaza de San Francisco and then joins Avenida de la Constitución to the cathedral. Dates: Easter week ... Read more >

Tags: antigua, easter, guatemala, holy week, semana santa, seville, world festivals


March - St Patrick's Festival, Ireland

IRELAND | Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | Views [3065] | Video

Location: Dublin, Ireland. The parade starts on Parnell Sq and heads down O’Connell St, through College Green to an appropriate end at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Dates: Five days around 17 March Level of Participation: 3 – take a spin on the festival ... Read more >

Tags: ireland, st patricks day, world festivals


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