Festivals and Events

We visit some of the most fascinating cultural festivals in the world. Join us in exotic destinations across the planet for a window on local culture and customs, special events and some of the worlds most colourful and sometimes bizarre festivals.

Esala Perahera, Sri Lanka’s favourite festival

  This past weekend the streets of Kandy came alive with the celebrations of Esala Perahera, Sri Lanka’s most famous festival. Over the next few days festivities will continue with music, dancing and lavish elephant parades, but what is the … Continue reading

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The migration of the Berbers in Morocco

  Ditch the smart phone, tablet and all those other technological crutches we’ve become so used to, for a chance to step outside of your comfort zone, experience a different way of life and to get back to nature on … Continue reading

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The Dragon Boat Festival

  With June fast approaching China is getting ready for the annual Dragon Boat Festival, when ornately decorated boats race down waterways around the country during this colourful cultural display accompanied by traditional dancing, rhythmic music and celebration. As one of the … Continue reading

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Let it snow in Sapporo

  For seven days every February the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s wild northern island, transforms into a winter wonderland for the Sapporo Snow Festival, drawing millions of spectators every year with its incredible ice statues and snow sculptures.  Dating back … Continue reading

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Celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Light

  This coming Thursday will see the streets of India become illuminated with thousands of candles and lanterns, while fireworks crackle in the night sky as people across the country celebrate Diwali – one of India’s most jubilant festivals. But how … Continue reading

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Music, dance and elephant parades in Sri Lanka

  Later this week the streets of Kandy will be a whirlwind of colour and activity as the country celebrates one of its most important festivals – Esala Perahera, also known as Kandy Festival or The Festival of the Sacred … Continue reading

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Throw colours at Holi in India

  Today will see the streets of India become awash with a kaleidoscope of colours as people across the country celebrate Holi– one of India’s most vibrant and exuberant festivals. But how much do you know about this legendary festival … Continue reading

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Join the party at Rio Carnival

  Every year Rio de Janeiro is home to the mother of all carnivals, when the streets of the city erupt into a vibrant display of colour as thousands of people flock to join the celebration. Now in full swing, … Continue reading

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Celebrate the seasons in Japan

Fancy joining the festivities of the cherry blossom season in spring, the changing of the leaves and the Takayama Festival in autumn, or the snow-covered wilderness of Japan’s northern island come winter at the Sapporo Snow Festival? Well now you … Continue reading

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The Harbin Ice Festival

Every year thousands of people travel from near and far to marvel at the creations of the Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival in the Heilongjiang Province in north-eastern China, which has gained worldwide fame and recognition for its exquisite ice and … Continue reading

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