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

ICELAND | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [2229]

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 >

Tags: iceland, the peoples feast, world festivals

August - Esala Perahera (Tooth Festival), Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [3414] | 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 >

Tags: esala perahera, sri lanka, tooth festival, world festivals

August - World Bog Snorkeling, Wales

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1579] | 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 [1339] | 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 >

Tags: barbados, crop over, world festivals

August - Love Parade, Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [2225] | 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 >

Tags: germany, love parade, world festivals

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

SPAIN | Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | Views [6981] | 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 >

Tags: la tomatina, spain, world festivals

July - Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival, Morocco

MOROCCO | Sunday, 5 Jul 2009 | Views [2035]

Location: Palais el-Badi, Marrakesh, Morocco Dates: Five days in mid-July; exact dates vary Level of Participation: 3 – sip a mint tea and take in the Maghrebi culture Description: With snake-charmers and marketers cawing ‘lovely jubbly’ ... Read more >

Tags: marrakesh, morocco, popular arts festival, world festivals

July - Wife-Carrying World Championship, Finland

FINLAND | Saturday, 4 Jul 2009 | Views [4169]

Wife-Carrying World Championship. Photo by [jurvetson], Flickr.com Location: Market Square, Sonkajarvi, Finland Date: First Saturday in July Level of Participation: 5 – grab your partner by the legs Description: Running since 1992, this ... Read more >

Tags: finland, wife-carrying world championship, world festivals

July - Camel Cup, Australia

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 3 Jul 2009 | Views [4620]

Location: Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Dates: Saturday 11th July, 2009 Level of Participation:: 2 – watch the camels canter Description : Normally a dusty outback outpost with the feel of a pioneer town, ... Read more >

Tags: alice springs, australia, camel cup, camels, desert, event, outback, tourism, world festivals

July - Beer Can Regatta, Australia

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | Views [2083] | Video

Location : Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia Dates : 19 July, 2009 Level of Participation: 4 – oil your creative cogs and build a ship Description : Darwin is reputedly the beer-drinking capital of the world, and all that ... Read more >

Tags: australia, beer, competition, event, family, race, regatta, top end, world festival

July - Virgin of the Sea Fiesta, Costa Rica

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | Views [6378]

Location: Nicoya Bay, Puntarenas, Costa Rica  Date: Saturday closest to July 16 Level of Participation: 3, Puntarenas is a fun town to visit and watching the festival adds the icing to the cake Description: This popular Costa Rican ... Read more >

Tags: costa rica, virgin of the sea fiesta, world festivals

July - Gion Matsuri, Japan

JAPAN | Saturday, 27 Jun 2009 | Views [4007]

Gion Marsuri. Photo by [MShades], Flickr.com Location: Shijo-dori, Kyoto, Japan Date: 17 July Level of Participation: 2 – be thankful your not chigo Description: Japanese culture often confuses the outsider and Kyoto’s multifaceted float ... Read more >

Tags: gion matsuri, japan, world festivals

July - World Bodypainting Festival, Austria

AUSTRIA | Friday, 26 Jun 2009 | Views [2322]

World Bodypainting Festival. Photo by [NeoGaboX], Flickr.com Location: Seeboden, Carinthia, Austria Dates: Weeks ending on the penultimate Sunday in July Level of Participation: 3 – watch the models or get colourful Description: A bodypainted ... Read more >

Tags: austria, world bodypainting festival, world festivals

July - Mwaka Kogwa, Zanzibar

TANZANIA | Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | Views [1944] | Video

Location: Kae Kuu, Zanzibar Dates: Penultimate weekend in July Level of Participation: 2 – watch the banana bashing and join the evening banquet Description: Walloping your neighbour with the stalk of a banana plant doesn’t sound like ... Read more >

Tags: mwaka kogwa, tanzania, world festivals

July - Womad, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | Views [3194]

Womad. Photo by [gentlebird], Flickr.com Location: Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England Dates: Last weekend in July Level of Participation: 3 – groove to the global beat Description: Established by World music aficionado and ... Read more >

Tags: england, womad, world festivals

July - Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | Views [3168] | Video

Location: Daecheon Beach, Boryeong City, South Korea Dates: nine days in mid-July annually Level of Participation: 5 – get down and dirty - join in all the pore cleansing, mud-slinging madness with the best of ‘em Description:... Read more >

Tags: boryeong mud festival, south korea, world festivals

June - Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun), Peru

PERU | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [2880] | Video

Location: Sacsayhuamán, Cuzco, Peru Dates: 24 June Level of Participation: 2 – venture beyond the llama-sparing spectacle Description: Oft parodied by popular culture, for example the Tintin ... Read more >

Tags: festival of the sun, peru inti raymi, world festivals

June - Summer Solstice, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [2238]

Location: Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England Dates: 21 June Level of Participation: 3 – stay up until sunrise Description: Summer solstice is a subject of much controversy. Having inspired ancient ... Read more >

Tags: england, summer solstice, uk, world festivals

June - Pride Week, USA

USA | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1310]

Location: New York, USA Dates: 17–24 June Level of Participation: 3 – get out your feather boa Description: The world’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) communities party in the ... Read more >

Tags: pride week, usa, world festivals

June - Bloomsday, Ireland

IRELAND | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [3396]

Location: Dublin, Ireland Dates: 16 June Level of Participation: 2 – have some Ulysses quotations handy Description: In order to create the critical distance required to write about Dublin, ... Read more >

Tags: bloomsday, ireland, world festivals

June - Regatta of St. Ranieri, Italy

ITALY | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1723] | Video

Location: Palazzo Medici, Pisa, Italy Dates: 17 June Level of Participation: 1 – gasp at the paliotto scramble Description: Venice may be famous for its gondolas, but across the country, ... Read more >

Tags: italy, regatta of st. ranieri, world festivals

June - Riding of the Marches, Scotland

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1291] | Video

Location: Scottish Borders, Scotland Dates: From early June Level of Participation: 3 – cheer the riders and stomach a skinful Description: The Riding of the Marches, or Common Riding, takes ... Read more >

Tags: riding of the marches, scotland, uk, world festivals

June - Sonar, Spain

SPAIN | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1233] | Video

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain Dates: 14–16 June Level of Participation: 1 – turn up and turn on to electronica Description: Billing itself as a festival of progressive ... Read more >

Tags: sonar, spain, world festivals

June - Feast of St. Anthony, Portugal

PORTUGAL | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [3600]

Location: Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal Dates: 12–14 June Level of Participation: 2 – snack on sardines Description: On the feast day of St Anthony, patron saint of Lisbon, the Portugese capital ... Read more >

Tags: feast of st. anthony, portugal, world festivals

June - The Dreaming, Australia

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1369] | Video

Location: Woodford, Queensland, Australia Dates: 8–11 June Level of Participation: 3 – watch some dances and have a go Description: Australia’s first international indigenous festival is but ... Read more >

Tags: australia, the dreaming, world festivals

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