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Trip: January

There are [20] stories from my trip: January


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 [4816] | 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


January - Up-Helly-Aa, Scotland

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | Views [1251] | Video

Location: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Dates: Last Tuesday in January Level of Participation: 2 – most Up-Helly-Aa parties are private, but a couple are open to visitors Description: If ... Read more >

Tags: scotland, up-helly-aa, world festivals


January - Timkat (Epiphany), Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | Views [2445] | Video

Location: Fasilidas’ Bath, Gonder, Ethiopia Dates: 18–20 January Level of Participation: 2 – catch a splash of water and join in the parade Description: Ethiopia’s most colourful festival commemorates ... Read more >

Tags: epiphany, ethiopia, timkat, world festivals


January - Junkanoo, Bahamas

BAHAMAS | Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | Views [1771] | Video

Location: The parade circuits around Bay and Shirley Sts in Nassau, Bahamas. Dates: 1 January and 26 December Level of Participation: 3 – for the greatest involvement, skip the grandstands and join the throngs clambering ... Read more >

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February - Carnaval De Quebec (Winter Carnival), Canada

CANADA | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [19582]

Location: Old Town, Québec City, Canada. Events centre on Parc de l’Esplanade. Dates: Late January to mid-February (varies each year) Level of Participation: 4 – warm up the winter with a host of participatory activities. Description:... Read more >

Tags: canada, quebec, winter festival, world festivals


February - Tet Nguyen Dan (Festival of the First Day), Vietnam

VIETNAM | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [6555]

Location: Throughout Vietnam Dates: Lunar New Year (between 19 January and 20 February Level of Participation: 3 – a New Year’s Eve as raucous as any. Description: In Vietnam, Tet ushers in the New Year and is by far the biggest day ... Read more >

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Gallery: World Festivals

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery


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February - International Carnival of Rijeka, Croatia

CROATIA | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | Views [2166] | Video

Location: Rijeka, Croatia Dates: mid-January - February Level of Participation: 2 – join in the carnival energy with the throngs of 100,000 spectators for parades, pageants, and parties Description: Rijeka has landed itself of the world ... Read more >

Tags: carnival, croatia, international carnival of rijeka, rijeka, world festivals


January - Kiruna Snow Festival, Sweden

SWEDEN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [3518] | Comments [2]

Location: Kiruna, Sweden. The snow sculpture competition takes place near the town hall. Dates: Late January (varies each year) Level of Participation: 4 – take part in guided tours, ice skating, lectures and Northern ... Read more >

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January - Duruthu Perahera (Kelani Procession), Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [2924] | Video

Location: Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Colombo, Sri Lanka Dates: January poya (full moon) Level of Participation: 1 – watch three wondrous parades Description: Second only to the Kandy Esala ... Read more >

Tags: sri lanka, world festivals


January - La Tamborrada (Drum Festival), Spain

SPAIN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [2128] | Video

Location: Begins in Plaza de la Constitucíon, San Sebastian, Spain, and spreads through the old city. Dates: 20 January Level of Participation: 2 – it’s about hearing not doing Description: Can ... Read more >

Tags: drum festival, la tamborrada, spain, world festivals


January - Camel Wrestling Festival, Turkey

TURKEY | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [3165] | Video

Location: Near Pamucak beach, 9km from Selçuk, Turkey Dates: Third Sunday in January Level of Participation: 1 – a hillside view of wrestling camels Description: Uniquely Turkish, camel wrestling ... Read more >

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January - Black Nazarene Procession, Philippines

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1625] | Video

Location: Quiapo, Manila, Philippines Dates: 9 January Level of Participation: 3 – men are welcome to join in the procession Description: The miracle-wielding Black Nazarene is a life-size ... Read more >

Tags: black nazarene procession, philippines, world festivals


January - Voodoo Festival, Benin

BENIN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [5969] | Comments [1] | Video

Location: Ouidah, Benin. The main festivities take place on the beach near the Point of No Return monument. Dates: 10 January Level of Participation: 2 – watch the horses, drink the gin and visit the tents that represent ... Read more >

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January - Yamayaki, Japan

JAPAN | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [949]

Location: Mt Wakakusa-yama, Nara, Japan Dates: Second Sunday in January Level of Participation: 1 – a cosy night in front of the fire Description: Winter in the Japanese region of Kansai would ... Read more >

Tags: japan, world festivals, yamayaki


January - Festival in the Desert, Mali

MALI | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1484] | Video

Location: Essakane, Mali Dates: Second weekend in January Level of Participation: 3 – discover the party deep in the Sahara Description: For three days a year, a desolate patch of Saharan sand, 65km ... Read more >

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January - Bikaner Camel Festival, India

INDIA | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1292] | Video

Location: Bikaner, India Dates: Varying dates in January (during the 10th month of the Indian lunar calendar) Level of Participation: 2 – watch camels and then ride one Description: Home to India’s ... Read more >

Tags: bikaner camel festival, india, world festivals


January - Carnival of Blacks and Whites, Colombia

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [2368] | Video

Location: Pasto, Colombia Dates: 5–6 January Level of Participation: 5 – get your powder ready and give as good as you get Description: One of South America’s oldest festivals, Pasto’s piebald ... Read more >

Tags: carnival of blacks and whites, colombia, world festivals