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

CHINA | Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | Views [7497]

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 [3544] | 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 >

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

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | Views [4817] | 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 [5861] | 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 [4120] | 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 [7509] | 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 [9113] | 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 >

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September - Dasain, Nepal

NEPAL | Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | Views [4098] | 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 [29910] | 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 [4066]

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 [3372] | 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 [4556]

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 [3395] | 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 [6747] | 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 [5358]

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 [10960] | 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 [9404] | 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 [2125]

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 [2189] | 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 - Sister's Meal Festival, China

CHINA | Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | Views [9968] | 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


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