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March - Holi, India

INDIA | Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | Views [2718] | Video

Location: Throughout northern India and Nepal Dates: Three days around the March full moon. Level of Participation: 5 – prepare to dust and be dusted Description: The most boisterous of Hindu festivals, Holi waves goodbye to winter and welcomes ... Read more >

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February - Oruro Carnival, Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 | Views [3300] | Video

Location: Oruro, Bolivia Dates: 10 days around Ash Wednesday Level of Participation: 3 – you won’t be a devil but you might be singled out for the water bombs. Description: Listed by Unesco as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage ... Read more >

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February - Carnaval De Binche, Belgium

BELGIUM | Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 | Views [3396]

Location: Binche, Belgium. The parade begins at the town hall. Dates: Shrove Tuesday Level of Participation: 2 – you will be pelted with oranges but you won’t be able to retaliate Description: Come prepared for a bruising at Belgium’s most ... Read more >

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February - Thaipusam, Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 | Views [2342] | Video

Warning: Video is not for the faint hearted! Location: Batu Caves, outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dates: Full moon day in the 10th Tamil month of Thai (mid-January to mid-February) Level of Participation: 1 – watch the pain from the ... Read more >

Tags: batu caves, kuala lumpa, malaysia, thaipusam, world festivals

January - Up-Helly-Aa, Scotland

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | Views [1432] | 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 >

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January - Timkat (Epiphany), Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | Views [2804] | 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 >

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January - Junkanoo, Bahamas

BAHAMAS | Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | Views [2110] | 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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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 >

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

BRAZIL | Thursday, 25 Nov 2010 | Views [4237] | 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 >

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November - Lopburi Banquet, Thailand

THAILAND | Saturday, 30 Oct 2010 | Views [1775] | Video

Location: Lopburi, Thailand Dates: One day in November Level of Participation: 1 – watch the monkeys dine in style Description: In Lopburi, 90km north of Bangkok, take extra care of your valuables, ... Read more >

Tags: lopburi banquet, thailand, travel-safety, world festivals

November - Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico

MEXICO | Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | Views [3437] | Video

Location: Oaxaca, Mexico Dates: 1–2 November Level of Participation: 3 – everyone’s invited to the party, even the dead Description: Mexico’s carnivalesque remembrance of departed souls is ... Read more >

Tags: dia de los muertos, mexico, world festivals. travel-safety

November - Bonfire Night, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | Views [2545] | Video

Location: High St, Lewes, East Sussex, England Dates: 5 November Level of Participation: 3 – warm your hands on the fire and don’t mention religion Description: Bonfire Night is a classically ... Read more >

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Inside World Festivals: Boun That Luang (Pha That Luang Festival)

LAOS | Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | Views [7224] | Video

Festival Information Boun That Luang is a Lao Buddhist celebration and the largest national holiday in Laos. The festival is held in the capital Vientiane over three days during the full moon of November, the twelfth lunar month. Pha That Luang dates ... Read more >

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Inside World Festivals: The Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca

MEXICO | Monday, 28 Jun 2010 | Views [4120] | Video

The Guelaguetza, also known as the Lunes del Cerro ("Mondays on the Hill"), is celebrated on the last two Mondays of July in the city of Oaxaca. It is an annual coming together of the Oaxacan communities in celebration of their cultural ... Read more >

Tags: catholic festivals, guelaguetza, mexican culture, mexican festivals, mexican folk dance, mexican music, mexico travel

Inside World Festivals: Buon Don Elephant Races

VIETNAM | Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | Views [4583]

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

Inside World Festivals: Galway Oyster Festival

IRELAND | Friday, 11 Jun 2010 | Views [2756] | Video

Each year at the end of September thousands of tourists and local food enthusiasts gather to take part in the Galway Oyster Festival in Galway City, Ireland, one of the most celebrated festivals worldwide.  Guests compete for the record of who can ... Read more >

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Inside World Festivals: Dragon Boat Festival/Duanwu Festival

CHINA | Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | Views [3003] | Video

China’s Dragon Boat Festival, with its colorful and creative boats crafted to resemble mythical dragons, is one of the world’s most incredible and memorable events.  Held every June, spectators from all over the world gather alongside the rivers to ... Read more >

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Inside World Festivals: Oktoberfest

GERMANY | Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | Views [4573]

Oktoberfest: The World's Largest Fair There is perhaps nothing that epitomizes the perception of German and Bavarian cultures as that of Oktoberfest.   Officially the world’s largest fair, Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, ... Read more >

Tags: bavarian culture, beer, europe, germany, munich, octoberfest, oktoberfest, party, safety, world festivals

Inside World Festivals: Carnival in Rio

BRAZIL | Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | Views [3884]

Rio de Janiero: "Whole Planet Carnival" Easily one of the most celebrated and exhilarating events worldwide is the Rio Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro.   Occurring each year, 40 days before Easter, hundreds of thousands of people ... Read more >

Tags: brazil, carnaval, carnival, holidays, parades, party, rio, rio de janiero, south america, world festivals

Inside World Festivals: The Race of the Candles

ITALY | Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | Views [4352] | Video

If you’re a traveler that is looking for adventure mixed with rich history, then The Race of the Candles is the perfect festival destination for you.  It’s a tradition that has been carried on since 1242, and perhaps the most amazing part is ... Read more >

Tags: culture, festivals, gubbio, italian festivals, italian history, italy, parades, the race of the candles, travel europe

Inside World Festivals: La Tomatina

SPAIN | Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | Views [5674] | 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 >

Tags: bunol, fruit, la tomatina, parades, spain, spanish festivals, tomatoes, travel, valencia, world festivals

December - Day of Our Lady of Guadelupe, Mexico

MEXICO | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [2114] | 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 [4000] | 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 >

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December - Santarun, Wales

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [1392] | 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

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