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December - National Finals Rodeo, USA

USA | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [1951] | 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 >

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December - Dewgal (Crossing of the Cattle), Mali

MALI | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [3718] | 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 [4350]

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 >

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December - Chriskindlesmarkt (Christmas Market), Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [2461] | 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 >

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December - Chaumos, Pakistan

PAKISTAN | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [1627]

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 >

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November - Día de la Tradición, Argentina

ARGENTINA | Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | Views [22324] | Comments [2] | Video

Location: San Antonio de Areco, Argentina Dates: the weekend of November 10th Level of Participation: 3 – show up for the carnival scene ready to eat, dance, and join in the gaucho culture Description: Día de la Tradición ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, asado, buenos aires, culture, gaucho, world festivals


October - Moulid of Sayyed Ahmed Al-Badawi, Egypt

EGYPT | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [3609] | Video

Location: Tanta, Egypt Dates: At the end of the cotton harvest in late October Level of Participation: 2 – wander among snake charmers and entranced Sufis Description: One of Egypt’s most important ... Read more >

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October - Fantasy Fest, USA

USA | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [2519] | Video

Location: Duval St, Key West, Florida, USA Dates: 10 days ending on the last Sunday in October Level of Participation: 5 – indulge your wildest fantasies Description: One of the most outrageous ... Read more >

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October - Halloween, USA

USA | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [5187]

Location: New York City, New York, USA Dates: 31 October Level of Participation: 5 – dress up and explore your dark side Description: The shrill cry of ‘trick or treat’ from children on the ... Read more >

Tags: halloween, usa, world festivals


October - Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages), Japan

JAPAN | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [2143] | Video

Location: Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto, Japan Dates: 22 October Level of Participation: 2 – shed a tear for Kyoto’s former glory Description: Compared with the former Japanese capital’s other major ... Read more >

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October - Divali (Festival of the Lights), India

INDIA | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [1505] | Video

Location: Mumbai, India Dates: Fifteenth day of the Indian lunar month of Kartika (October/November) Level of Participation: 2 – watch India light up Description: Having celebrated Krishna’s ... Read more >

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October - River Festivals, Laos, Cambodia & Thailand

LAOS | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [2750] | Video

Location: Laos, Cambodia and Thailand Dates: Full moon in late October or early November Level of Participation: 3 – send a boat to Naga Description: Also known as Ok Watsa, Laos’ Awk Phansa ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, laos, river festivals, thailand, world festivals


October - Bridge Day, USA

USA | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [1137] | Video

Location: New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia, USA Dates: Third Sunday in October Level of Participation: 2 – watch the daredevils plummet Description: It’s the world’s largest extreme-sports ... Read more >

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October - MassKara Festival, Philippines

PHILIPPINES | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [2448] | Video

Location: Bacolod,  Negros Occidental , Philippines Dates: Weekend nearest 19 October Level of Participation: 3 – smile with the masked masses Description: MassKara’s name is a fusion of ... Read more >

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October - El Senor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles), Peru

PERU | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [4050] | Video

Location: Lima, Peru Dates: 18, 28 and 29 October Level of Participation: 3 – slip into something purple and hit the streets Description: This procession of hundreds of thousands of people ... Read more >

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October - Entenrennen (Duck Race), Germany

GERMANY | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [2870] | Video

Location: Alleenbrücke , Tübingen, Germany Dates: Early October Level of Participation: 4 – try your luck in the bobbing derby Description: It’s not exactly Running of the Bulls. Indeed, the ... Read more >

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October - Cirio de Nazare, Brazil

BRAZIL | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [5644] | Video

Location: Praça Justo Chermont, Belém, Brazil Dates: Second weekend in October Level of Participation: 3 – join the human surge to the basilica Description: The largest festival on the River ... Read more >

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October - Matchmaking Festival, Ireland

IRELAND | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [2045] | Video

Location: Main Street, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland Dates: Last Friday in August to first Sunday in October Level of Participation: 5 – take the opportunity to pick an Irish rose Description: ... Read more >

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October - Vegetarian Festival, Thailand

THAILAND | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [2143] | Video

Location: Jui Tui temple, Th Ranong, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand Dates: First nine days of the ninth month in the Chinese calendar (late September/early October) Level of Participation: 3 – receive fruit from ... Read more >

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October - Durbar, Nigeria

NIGERIA | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [1927] | Video

Location: Emir Palace Road, Kano, Nigeria Dates: End of Ramadan Level of Participation: 2 – watch the colourful cavalry Description: Throughout the Islamic world, the Eid al-Fitr festival is ... Read more >

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October - Ghadames Date Festival, Libya

LIBYA | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [3341] | Video

Location: Old city, Ghadames, Libya Dates: Three days in October Level of Participation: 4 – dates and dancing in the desert Description: At the end of the date harvest in Ghadames, Libyans ... Read more >

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October - Combat des Reines (Fight of the Queens), Switzerland

SWITZERLAND | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [1980] | Video

Location: Martigny, Valais, Switzerland Dates: First week in October Level of Participation: 2 – watch the queens do battle Description: Switzerland’s Valais region is famous for its pistes ... Read more >

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October - Oktoberfest, Germany

GERMANY | Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | Views [14417]

Oktoberfest. Photo by [46137], Flickr.com Location: Theresienwiese, Munich, Germany Dates: 16 days from late September to early October Level of Participation: 5 - messier than a stag night Description: In 1810, a horse race was held ... Read more >

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September - Farm Aid, USA

USA | Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | Views [1336] | Video

Location: Varies each year around the USA Dates: One day in September Level of Participation: 2 – play along on your air guitar Description: The longest-running series of benefit concerts in ... Read more >

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September - Festival of the Virgin of Mercy, Spain

SPAIN | Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | Views [3013] | Video

Location: Barcelona, Spain Dates: Four days around 24 September Level of Participation: 2 – join the Catalan party as Barcelona is overrun with giants, devils and human pyramids Description: ... Read more >

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