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.

Happy New Year! Xin Nian Kuai Le! Or even ‘新年快乐’!

Chinese New Year is upon us, and it’s Year of the Dragon. With celebrations taking place all over the world, here’s a bit of background information on one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events on the planet. When is Chinese … Continue reading

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Bringing the desert to life at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Translated as the ‘Land of the Kings’, Rajasthan is India’s largest state and certainly one of its most intriguing. Jaisalmer, seemingly one of its most paradoxical cities, is set so deep in the remote Thar Desert that one would expect … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and other festivals around the world

Every culture – and most religions – have feasts and festivals to commemorate important events. What better way to celebrate than to gather round with friends and family and eat together? Many feasts have roots in ancient religion, and many … Continue reading

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A day of reflection: 11/11/2011

The 11th of November, Remembrance Day. A day that stirs all kinds of emotions in those whose countrymen were involved in the World Wars, or for that dwindling amount of men and women who were there and experienced it first-hand … Continue reading

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Top 5 Diwali traditions — besides the fireworks

By Candace Rose Rardon. Considering it’s known as the “Festival of Lights,” I’d always thought Diwali was all about the fireworks. When an Indian friend heard I was going to be in the country for the holiday, he invited me … Continue reading

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Video of the Week: The Harbin Ice Festival, China

Despite London’s last-ditch attempt at summer earlier on this week, winter is most definitely on its way in the Northern Hemisphere. But that’s OK! When things get chilly up in China, they celebrate by making some of the most amazing … Continue reading

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Knights of the Old City – take a trip into Jerusalem’s past

A view of Jerusalem Jerusalem is of huge importance to the Abrahamic religions, and is considered one of the holiest cities in the world. But even if you aren’t religious, there’s an old-world charm and a cultural history guaranteed to … Continue reading

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Festival spotlight – the Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan

Pushkar comes alive for the annual camel fair, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people from the state of Rajasthan and beyond. Held during November around the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is a cultural … Continue reading

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Delhi gears up for the Formula 1 Grand Prix

The drama and excitement of the Formula 1 Grand Prix finally makes its way to the Indian subcontinent for the very first time in October this year. Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit plays host to the noise and speed of the … Continue reading

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Festival Spotlight: The Shanghai International Music & Fireworks Festival

Once a year the skies above Century Park in Pudong erupt with colour and sound as the Shanghai International Music & Fireworks Festival takes place. Organised around China’s National Day and as part of the Shanghai Tourism Festival, the ‘symphony … Continue reading

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