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 – Kandy Perahera Festival of Sri Lanka

The annual Kandy Festival in Sri Lanka is one of the most important Buddhist festivals around leading up to the full moon in August. Take a look at this amazing video, comprised of still images from the various parades and … Continue reading

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Video of the Week: A Throw to the Ground

The annual Naadam Festival is a celebration of traditional Mongolian culture taking place in July. Over three days, the ‘Three Manly Games’ are performed by participants for the enjoyment of locals and fascinated foreigners alike. Watch ‘A Throw to the … Continue reading

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Video of the Week: The Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual tradition in India, bringing traders from all over Rajasthan to buy and sell camels and other livestock. But the growing Indian economy poses a threat to these traditional traders. Watch our latest video … Continue reading

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China prepares for the annual Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrated in China and in Chinese communities across the world, the annual Dragon Boat Festival is a cultural showcase, featuring ornate rowing boats, rowed by 80 -100 people to the beat of large traditional drums. But there’s more to the … Continue reading

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Trekking with the Berbers of Morocco

In today’s guest post, journalist Hazel Southam treks into the mountains with the Berbers of Morocco, a traditional bi-annual journey between the Dades Valley and the High Atlas mountains. All photos courtesy of Clare Kendall. Souks, storytellers and snake charmers … Continue reading

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Festival Spotlight – Hola Mohalla festival in Anandpur Sahib, India

Travel writer, journalist and editor Shafik Meghji writes his first post for us about the fascinating festival of Hola Mohalla, held annually in the Punjabi city of Anandpur Sahib, India. With its celebration of athleticism, equestrian events and martial arts … Continue reading

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Photo Showcase – top five festival highlights

Summer is on its way in the Northern Hemisphere, bringing an armful of exciting festivals to entertain and delight locals and travellers alike in destinations across the world. And as the seasons change and bring warm weather back to the … Continue reading

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Festival spotlight – shake it in Sri Lanka!

Three of the most popular Sri Lankan festivals commemorate important events in Buddhism, and include Vesak Festival, Kandy Perahera and Duruthu Perahera festival. Find out more about these amazing festivals here. Vesak Festival is one of the most important festivals … Continue reading

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ANZAC Day in Egypt

A member of our team shares her experiences of the¬†ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Commonwealth War Memorial Cemetery in Cairo this morning. Often forgotten are the brave ANZAC servicemen that died beyond the shores of Gallipoli, many serving along … Continue reading

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‘Holi’: making it impossible to have just one Video of the Week.

Is it OK to have two Videos of the Week? Well, when it’s something as good as this, we think we’ll make an exception! Holi Festival is one of the most jubilant of the festivals in India, a celebration of … Continue reading

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