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.

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. Here’s what Tracey Olsen, from our … 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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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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