Festivals

We visit some of the most compelling festivals on the planet, events that showcase the local culture and bring an added intensity to your holiday.

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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Video of the Week: Camels, cows, horses, thousands of people!…Pushkar!

The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most well-known festivals. Attracting thousands of people and their livestock, the festival is a great opportunity to immerse oneself in the culture and learn something about the customs of Rajasthan. Enjoy this … Continue reading

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Festival Spotlight – Diwali, the Festival of Light

Diwali Festival is known worldwide as one of the most jubilant of the Indian festivals. But how much do you know about it? Find out more about the famous Festival of Light. Diwali lanterns Diwali is celebrated in India and … Continue reading

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Amar Grover pays homage to Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth….

Following on from our video earlier in the week featuring images from the fascinating Kandy Festival of Sri Lanka, here is a first-hand account from travel expert Amar Grover. Each summer, one of South Asia’s greatest spectacles unfolds on the … Continue reading

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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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Video of the Week: The City of Samba

South America is a particularly popular destination for our many Facebook Competition entrants, and this video explains why. (PS You should really enter if you haven’t done so yet!) How could you resist when there are parties like the Rio … 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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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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