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.

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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‘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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Festival Spotlight – Vesak Festival in Sri Lanka

The most important celebration in the Budddhist calendar is held in many Asian and Southeast Asian countries, but is celebrated with particular fervour in Sri Lanka. Held during the first full moon in the month of May, Vesak commemorates Buddha’s … 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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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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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 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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Wisdom of the ages: The Confucius festival in Qufu, China

Every year the legacy of Confucius is celebrated throughout China on the day of the great philosopher’s birth. But of all of the celebrations, the most famous one takes place in the town of Qufu, Shandong, where Confucius was born. … Continue reading

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Festival spotlight: Durga Pooja and Ganga Mahotsav

Durga Pooja The biggest festival in all of Bengal, Durga Pooja celebrates the Hindu goddess Durga. You may recognise the goddess Durga as the smiling, eight-armed goddess, but you may not know that Durga is considered the fierce demon-fighting version … Continue reading

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