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.

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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Photo Showcase – 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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The Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival, China

As 2013 draws to a close tonight, people around the world will be welcoming in the New Year in their own way, whether it be dancing the night away in the city or simply curled up in front of the … Continue reading

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The Pushkar Camel Fair 2013

Once a year the sleepy desert town of Pushkar erupts into a frenzy of activity as hundreds of thousands of cattle traders, pilgrims, and travellers – plus some 40,000 counts of livestock – descend upon its sands for the annual … Continue reading

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Temple of the Sacred Tooth – Sri Lanka

Housed within this revered temple complex is one of the most important Buddhist relics in all of Sri Lanka, an object so sacred it bring throngs of devotees to the temple threshold every year. It begs the question – what’s … Continue reading

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The Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival

Morocco is a land with a rich and varied culture which has consistently inspired musicians, writers and other creatives across the world for decades. The Rolling Stones were drawn to the allure of Marrakech, while Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and … Continue reading

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Video of the week – the Harbin Ice Festival

  If you’re planning a trip over the festive season, it might be an idea to check out the festivals and events that take place across the world. Not everyone has a Santa Claus! (Shh… don’t tell the kids!) One … Continue reading

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The Dragon Boat Race Festival 2013

June is fast approaching and China is gearing up for the annual Dragon Boat Festival, a colourful cultural display featuring traditional dancing, rhythmic music, and exhilarating boat races. As one of the oldest festivals in China, the history of the … Continue reading

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