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Trip: December

There are [18] stories from my trip: December

December - Procession of St. Lazarus, Cuba

CUBA | Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | Views [6778] | 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 [4600] | 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 [8068] | 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

April/May – Lotus Lantern Festival, South Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | Views [9882] | 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

December - Hogmanay (New Year), Scotland

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 25 Nov 2010 | Views [2489] | Video

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Dates: 29 December–1 January Level of Participation: 5 – there’s a wee party going on in Scotland Description: For Scots, the New Year has always been a more important ... Read more >

Tags: hogmanay, scotland, travel-safety, uk, world festivals

December - Reveillon (New Year's Eve), Brazil

BRAZIL | Thursday, 25 Nov 2010 | Views [4234] | Video

Location: Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Dates: 31 December Level of Participation: 5 – party with the beautiful people Description: The second best way to see in the New Year is to ... Read more >

Tags: brazil, new years eve, reveillon, travel-safety, world festivals

December - Festival of the Sahara, Tunisia

TUNISIA | Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | Views [4566] | Video

Location: Douz, Tunisia Dates: 23–27 December Level of Participation: 3 – don a turban and lay a bet on the Salukis Description: While the Christian world is occupied with snowy, Christmasy ... Read more >

Tags: festival of the sahara, travel-safety, tunisia, world festivals

Inside World Festivals: Buon Don Elephant Races

VIETNAM | Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | Views [4582]

Few travel adventures offer the excitement and uniqueness as Vietnam’s Buon Don Elephant Races, held each year around March in the forests near the Sevepoi River.  Nothing quite compares to watching ten magnificent elephants racing along a one mile ... Read more >

Tags: elephant races, elephants, sevepoi river, vietnam, vietnam festivals, world festivals

December - Day of Our Lady of Guadelupe, Mexico

MEXICO | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [2113] | Video

Location: Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexico City, Mexico Dates: 12 December Level of Participation: 4 – take the pilgrimage, or just enjoy the street fair Description: Our Lady ... Read more >

Tags: day of our lady of guadelupe, mexico, world festivals

December - Mevlana Festival (Whirling Dervishes Festival), Turkey

TURKEY | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [3999] | Video

Location: Sports stadium, Konya, Turkey Dates: 10–17 December Level of Participation: 1 – be mesmerised as the dervishes whirl Description: In the Islamic world the 13th-century Sufi poet Celaleddin ... Read more >

Tags: turkey, whirling dervishes festival, world festivals

December - Santarun, Wales

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [1391] | Video

Location: Newtown, Wales Dates: First or second Sunday in December Level of Participation: 5 – run as though you’re late for Christmas Description: What better way to start the silly season than ... Read more >

Tags: santarun, uk, wales, world festivals

December - National Finals Rodeo, USA

USA | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [1939] | Video

Location: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, USA Dates: Starts in the first full week of December Level of Participation: 3 – attend the hoedown and gift show and hope for the rare chance to attend the rodeo ... Read more >

Tags: national finals rodeo, usa, world festivals

December - Dewgal (Crossing of the Cattle), Mali

MALI | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [3661] | Video

Location: Diafarabé, Mali Dates: Late December or early January; dates aren’t set until November Level of Participation: 1 – watch a cattle drive like no other Description: All across central Mali ... Read more >

Tags: crossing of the cattle, dewgal, mali, world festivals

December - Feast of St. Thomas, Guatemala

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [4292]

Location: Town plaza, Chichicastenango, Guatemala Dates: 13-21 December Level of Participation: 3 – enjoy the fair and fireworks and watch others risk a limb on the flying pole Description: The ... Read more >

Tags: feast of st. thomas, guatemala, world festivals

December - Chriskindlesmarkt (Christmas Market), Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [2430] | Video

Location: Hauptmarkt, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany Dates: Friday before Advent Sunday to 24 December Level of Participation: 5 – did somebody say shopping? Description: In Germany ’tis the season ... Read more >

Tags: chriskindlesmarkt, germany, world festivals

December - Chaumos, Pakistan

PAKISTAN | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [1601]

Location: Kalasha valleys, Pakistan Dates: 10 days around the winter solstice Level of Participation: 4 – visitors are expected to take part in the festivities Description: By the middle of December ... Read more >

Tags: chaumos, pakistan, world festivals

February, Speight's Coast to Coast, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 24 Jan 2009 | Views [2291] | Video

Location: Kumara Beach (Tasman Sea) to Sumner Beach (Pacific Ocean), South Island Dates: February 12 – 13, 2010 Level of Participation: 5 – gear up and get ready for the physically demanding experience Description: Considered ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, christchurch, kayaking, mountain biking, new zealand, racing, running, travel, world festivals

December - l'Escalade, Switzerland

SWITZERLAND | Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | Views [1573] | Video

Location: Geneva, Switzerland Date: 11 December Level of Participation: 5 - festival…chocolate…happy days Description: If you want a decent excuse to eat chocolate before Christmas, Geneva has come up with it. At l’Escalade, the city’s largest ... Read more >

Tags: chocolate, switzerland, world festivals