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Trip: August

There are [17] stories from my trip: August


Inside World Festivals: La Tomatina

SPAIN | Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | Views [5692] | Video

Every year on the last Wednesday in August a little town called Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain plays host to the world's largest food fight. During La Tomatina, tens of thousands of people throw around 150,000 tomatoes (equal to 90,000 ... Read more >

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August - Notting Hill Carnival, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1158] | Video

Location: Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London, England Dates: Last Sunday and Monday in August Level of Participation: 3 – make a costume or float, or just wander along for some jerk chicken and a dance ... Read more >

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August - Famadihana (Turning of the Bones), Madagascar

MADAGASCAR | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [6160] | Video

Location: Hauts plateaux (highlands), Madagascar Dates: Throughout winter (June to September) Level of Participation: 2 – watch the Merina’s unique ritual – and join the attendant party Description: ... Read more >

Tags: madagascar, turning of the bones, world festivals


August - International Bagpipe Festival, Czech Republic

CZECH REPUBLIC | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [2320] | Video

Location: Strakonice, Písecko, South Bohemia, Czech Republic Dates: Late August, held every two years Level of Participation: 2 – open your ears to the mighty pipe Description: As well as Turkish ... Read more >

Tags: czech republic, international bagpipe festival, world festivals


August - Il Palio, Italy

ITALY | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1063] | Video

Location: Il Campo, Siena, Tuscany, Italy Dates: 2 July and 16 August Level of Participation: 3 – lay a bet and smell the nervous sweat Description: The Italians’ factional tendencies can be ... Read more >

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August - Elvis Week, USA

USA | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [973] | Video

Location: Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee, USA Dates: One week around 16 August Level of Participation: 4 – join a candlelight vigil at Graceland Description: On the anniversary ... Read more >

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August - Bumba Meu Boi, Brazil

BRAZIL | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [2047] | Video

Location: São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil Dates: Late June to the second week of August Level of Participation: 3 – heckle the farmer Description: The second week in August is your last chance to ... Read more >

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August - Chung Yuan (Hungry Ghost Festival), China

CHINA | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [3774] | Video

Location: China Dates: Fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month Level of Participation: 4 – sit next to a ghost at dinner Description: For the Chinese, this is ‘Ghost Month’, a time when they ... Read more >

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August - Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1151] | Video

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Dates: Last three weeks in August Level of Participation: 4 – no sleep till September Description: There could be no better location for the world’s largest arts ... Read more >

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August - La Pourcailhade (Pig Festival), France

FRANCE | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [3857]

Location: Old Market, Trie Sur Baïse, Hautes-Pyrénées, France Dates: Second Sunday in August Level of Participation: 5 – not recommended for dieters Description: The smell of roast pork fills ... Read more >

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August - Qi Xi (Seven Sisters Festival), Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [2316]

Location: Lovers’ Rock, Bowen Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Dates: Seventh day of the seventh lunar month Level of Participation: 2 – see dazzling displays of domestic prowess and gaze at the starry symbols of two lovers ... Read more >

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August - ÞJÓÐHÁTÍÐ (The People's Feast), Iceland

ICELAND | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [2218]

Location: Heimaey, Westmann Islands, Iceland   Dates: Verslunarmannahelgi (first weekend in August) Level of Participation: 5 – down vodka with sleep-deprived party animals on a frosty Icelandic island   ... Read more >

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August - Esala Perahera (Tooth Festival), Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [3397] | Video

Location: Dalada Maligawa, Raja Vidiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka Dates: Ten days ending on the full moon in August Level of Participation: 4 – jostle for a view of tuskers Description: Legend has ... Read more >

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August - World Bog Snorkeling, Wales

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1574] | Video

Location: Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales Dates: August Bank Holiday weekend (last Monday in August) Level of Participation: 5 – squelch into a peat bog Description: ... Read more >

Tags: wales, world bog snorkeling, world festivals


August - Crop Over, Barbados

BARBADOS | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [1333] | Video

Location: National Stadium, Bridgetown, Barbados Dates: First week in August Level of Participation: 2 – join the Calypso hoedown Description: During Crop Over, Barbados, that jolly British part of the Caribbean, shows nothing resembling ... Read more >

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August - Love Parade, Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [2217] | Video

Location: Ruhr area, Germany Dates: Changing summer dates Level of Participation: 4 – not exactly family entertainment Description: Europe’s biggest techno party is an orgy of topless girls in pink wigs shaking their stuff on floats, hordes ... Read more >

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August - La Tomatina (Tomato-Throwing Festival), Spain

SPAIN | Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | Views [6967] | Comments [1]

Location: Plaza del Pueblo, Valencia, Spain Date: Last Wednesday in August Level of Participation: 5 – get ready to launch – and receive – volleys of tomatoes Description: Getting pelted with tomatoes may sound like a punishment reserved ... Read more >

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