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June - Lajkonik Festival, Poland

POLAND | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1445] | Video

Location: Rynek Glówny, Krakow, Poland Dates: Thursday after Corpus Christi Level of Participation: 1 – watch Lajkonik do the legwork Description: According to Polish legend, when the head ... Read more >

Tags: lajkonik festival, poland, world festivals


June - Isle of Wight Festival, England

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [2276]

Location: Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Dates: Second weekend in June Level of Participation: 3 – pitch your tent and soak up some sounds Description: The music event on one ... Read more >

Tags: isle of wight festival, uk, world festivals


June - El Colacho (Baby-Jumping Festival), Spain

SPAIN | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [3378] | Video

Location: Castrillo de Murcia, Burgos, Spain Dates: Sunday following Corpus Christi Level of Participation: 5 – if you’re a baby Description: Spain begins to corner the European market for ... Read more >

Tags: baby-jumping festival, el colacho, spain, world festivals


April - Juan Santamaría Day, Costa Rica

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Views [9227] | Comments [1]

Location: Alajuela, Costa Rica  Date: April 11 Level of Participation: 4 – there will be parades, concerts and dances – get your dance on. Description: Does Juan Santamaría sound familiar? He had the national airport named after him ... Read more >

Tags: costa rica, jaun santamaria day, world festivals


May - Processione Dei Serpari (Festival of the Snakes), Italy

ITALY | Tuesday, 14 Apr 2009 | Views [8178] | Video

Location: Cocullo, Italy Dates: First Thursday in May Level of Participation: 2 – be happy to watch the snakes from a distance Description: The feast of St Domenic might sound fairly tame, but that’s only until you throw in a writhing nest ... Read more >

Tags: cocullo, festival of the snakes, italy, world festivals


May - Sydney Writers Festival, Australia

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 Apr 2009 | Views [2186]

Location: Sydney, Australia Dates: May 18-24, 2009 Level of Participation:   3 - shy types can just sit in the back quietly, whilst others will dive in headfirst for workshops or author Q&A's. Description:   Join a week of moving ... Read more >

Tags: australia, book festivals, literary festivals, sydney, world festivals, writers festivals


May - Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival), France

FRANCE | Saturday, 11 Apr 2009 | Views [4569]

Festival de Cannes. Photo by [MK Media Productions], Flickr.com Location: Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France Dates: mid-late May Level of Participation: 3 - go star-spotting by the red carpet Description: For 12 days in May, all eyes ... Read more >

Tags: cannes, cannes film festival, france, world festivals


May - Rose Festival, Morocco

MOROCCO | Saturday, 11 Apr 2009 | Views [5042]

Location: El-Kelaa M’Gouna, Morocco Dates: mid-May (dates very depending on harvest time) Description: In the dry folds on the High Atlas mountains, approaching the Sahara, there’s an unexpected place called the Vallee des Roses where, in ... Read more >

Tags: morocco, rose festival, world festivals


May - Cheung Chau Bun Festival, Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Saturday, 11 Apr 2009 | Views [3874]

Cheung Chau Bun Festival. Photo by [laszlo-photo], Flickr.com Location: In front of Pak Tai Temple, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong Dates: Starts on the sixth day of the fourth lunar month, usually late April or early May Level of Participation: 2 ... Read more >

Tags: cheung chau bun festival, hong kong, world festivals


March - Crucifixion Re-Enactment, Philippines

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 16 Feb 2009 | Views [2430] | Comments [1] | Video

WARNING: The video is graphic of a real crucifixion! Location: Barangay San Pedro Cutud, San Fernando, Philippines Dates: Good Friday Level of Participation : 1 – be very grateful it’s happening to others. Description: If you thought ... Read more >

Tags: crucifixion, philippines, san fernando, world festivals


March- Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing), Japan

JAPAN | Monday, 16 Feb 2009 | Views [3005] | Video

Location: Throughout Japan, but especially good at Yoshino Dates: Cherry blossoms can begin to appear in Okinawa as early as January and not until May in Hokkaido, but through the bulk of the country they’re usually in flower near the end of March.... Read more >

Tags: cherry blossoms, hanami, japan, world festivals, yoshino


March - Las Fallas, Spain

SPAIN | Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | Views [2429] | Comments [1] | Video

Location: Valencia, Spain. The fireworks displays are in Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Dates: 12–19 March Level of Participation: 4 – endless festivities over the last four days, and you can happily throw fireworks with the rest of the Valencians ... Read more >

Tags: las fallas, spain, valencia, world festivals


March - Festival de Tango (Tango Festival), Argentina

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | Views [4530]

Festival de Tango. Photo by [blmurch], Flickr.com Location: Venues around Buenos Aires, Argentina Dates: Dates vary in late February to early March Level of Participation: 4 - watch dance performances and strut your own stuff at the myriad ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, tango festival, world festivals


March - Buon Don Elephant Races, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | Views [7739] | Comments [1]

Location: Don Village, Buon Don District, Dak Lak Province. There are daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City that fly to Buon Ma Thuot, where you can arrange a ride to Buon Don. Dates: normally in the third lunar month (March) Level of Participation:... Read more >

Tags: elephant, elephant races, march, races, sports event, traditional festival, vietnam


March - South by Southwest Music & Media Conference , USA

USA | Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | Views [1471] | Video

Location: Venues throughout Austin, USA. The trade show is in the Austin Convention Center. Dates: Dates vary in early to mid-March Level of Participation: 5 – roll through the Convention Center by day and rock at night Description: Here’s ... Read more >

Tags: austin, music festival, south by southwest, usa, world festivals


March - Iditarod, USA

USA | Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | Views [1584] | Video

Location: Iditarod National Historic Trail, Alaska Dates : Starts on the first Saturday in March Level of Participation: 1 or 5 – you can compete if you’re a highly experienced dog sledder, but most likely you’ll just be watching Description:... Read more >

Tags: alaska, iditarod, world festivals


March - Noche De Brujas (Night of the Witches), Mexico

MEXICO | Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | Views [7839]

Location: Cerro Mono Blanco, Catemaco, Mexico Dates: First Friday in March Level of Participation: 4 – whatever spell you think you need, you will find it (for a price) on Cerro Mono Blanco Description: If witches and wizards have a spiritual ... Read more >


February - Maslenitsa, Russia

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [3322] | Video

Location: Vassilyevsky Spusk, Moscow, Russia Dates: Last week before Lent Level of Participation: 4 – stuff yourself silly Description: Akin to Mardi Gras, Russia’s only surviving pagan festival celebrates the end of winter and the beginning ... Read more >

Tags: maslenitsa, moscow, russia, world festivals


February - Art Deco Weekend, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [2181] | Video

Location: Venues around Napier and Hastings, New Zealand Dates: Third weekend of February Level of Participation: 4 – frock up for a Gatsby-style weekend Description: When the Hawkes Bay town of Napier was all but destroyed by an earthquake ... Read more >

Tags: art deco weekend, napier, new zealand, world festivals


February - Saidai-Ji eyo (Naked Festival), Japan

JAPAN | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [5036] | Video

Location: Kannon-in temple, Saidai-ji, Japan Dates: Third Saturday in February Level of Participation: 5 – men are free to join in the violent battle Description: Naked Festivals are common (if a little overstated, since participants wear ... Read more >

Tags: japan, naked festival, world festivals


February- Pasola, Indonesia

INDONESIA | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [1831] | Video

Location: Sumba, Indonesia Dates: During February and March; the timing is determined by the arrival of a type of sea worm called nyale Level of Participation: 1 – this is a blood sport so sit back and let others do the hurting. Description:... Read more >

Tags: indonesia, pasola, sumba, world festivals


February - Carnevale Venizia (Venice Carnival), Italy

ITALY | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [3163] | Video

Location: Venice, Italy. Piazza San Marco is the focus of the festival. Dates: Begins two Fridays before Ash Wednesday, finishing on Shrove Tuesday Level of Participation: 3 – don a mask and join in the famous ball Description: The high point ... Read more >

Tags: venice, venice carnival, world festivals


February - Carnaval De Quebec (Winter Carnival), Canada

CANADA | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [20450]

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 [7065]

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 >

Tags: tet, vietnam, world festivals


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