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.

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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Gallipoli – Coming Home

By John Stuart. John Stuart has kindly permitted us to share his poignant piece ‘Coming Home‘ with you all. We’re proud and privileged to publish these very evocative words on the eve of the 98th anniversary. John is  Australian writer living in … Continue reading

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Holi Festival tour in India

Every March in India and Nepal millions of Hindus flood the streets and squares of their villages, towns and cities for Holi, the festival of colour. As well as commemorating the story of Prahlada, who was protected from the flames … Continue reading

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Festival Spotlight: Chinese New Year

Although we’re only a few weeks into our own new year, Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Read about how the Chinese celebrate, and what might be in store for you in 2013… Chinese New Year takes places … Continue reading

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A different kind of New Year – Tet Festival in Vietnam

Although we’re still in the midst of our own festive season, other cultures around the world aren’t there just yet. In Vietnam for example, people are gearing up for the annual Tet Festival. Tet Festival (or Tet Nguyen Dan, meaning … Continue reading

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Inti Raymi – Festival of the Sun

Steeped in rich history stretching back many thousands of years, Peru has a wealth of treasures to discover – including the remarkable festival of Inti Raymi. Read on for details about Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun. Inti Raymi dates … Continue reading

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Revelry at the Rio Carnival

Once a year, the streets of Rio de Janeiro erupt in colour and sound for the Rio Carnival – one of the world’s most famous parties. Read all about it right here and find out what you’re missing. As far … Continue reading

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Diwali – India’s Festival of Lights

Once a year, the streets of India (and around the world) erupt with colour and sound as the Diwali Festival is celebrated. But what’s it all about? Read on to find out more about this vibrant festival. Celebrated around October or … Continue reading

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The Confucius Festival in China

You would be forgiven for thinking that an event celebrating the birth of one of the greatest teachers, politicians and philosophers of all time might be a serious affair. However, the celebrations which still surround great thinker Confucius’s birthday could … Continue reading

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