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.

Three festival highlights to come in 2011

After researching some of the world’s most popular cultural festivals, words like ‘different’ aren’t really adequate when comparing them to the festivals we’re used to in the west. I don’t think I’ve quite nailed how to describe how refreshingly they … Continue reading

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The Abu Simbel Sun Festival – ancient wonders in a modern world

Egypt’s Abu Simbel temple is a fascinating structure. Built as a gigantic tribute to King Ramses II, the temple of Abu Simbel was carved into the mountainside in the 13th century BC in a demonstration of the Pharaoh’s power and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Diwali, the festival of light in 2011

Diwali is probably one of the most well-known of all the Indian festivals, and it’s celebrated in Indian communities across the world. But what’s it all about? Diwali (translated as ‘row of lighted lamps) commemorates different deities and associated events … Continue reading

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Festival Spotlight: 3 top festivals in Russia

Here’s our pick of Russian festivals coming up in the next few months. Have you been to any of these festivals? Leave your tips below. City Day (Den’ Goroda), Red Square Every year in the first week of September, Muscovites … Continue reading

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Festival Spotlight: The Lake of Stars Festival – Malawi, Africa

With obvious parallels to the summertime tradition of European music festivals, the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi nonetheless retains a strong African identity. With a strong and diverse musical line-up, the Lake of Stars festival brings international attention to … Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment

Today’s guest post is by Amar Grover, a London-based journalist and photographer. He writes mainly for the Financial Times Weekend Travel, the Independent on Sunday, Geographical Magazine and WEXAS Traveller. His features have appeared in a wide range of other … Continue reading

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Festival spotlight: The Abu Simbel Sun Festival, Egypt

For those of you who are used to hearing about festivals that leave attendants covered in mud, here’s something a little bit different: The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is a bi-annual cosmic event taking place at Abu Simbel temple on … Continue reading

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Travel round-up: tours to China

China is vastly different from the contexts in which westerners normally find themselves, making it an utterly transfixing destination to visit. From the natural beauty of China’s rural areas to the buzzing cities, the cultural attractions and of course the … Continue reading

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Festival spotlight: The Jaisalmer Desert Festival in Rajasthan, India

Jaisalmer Festival is a celebration of traditional Rajasthani culture. Over three days you’ll see camel races, turban-tying competitions, hear traditional Rajasthani music, see fire dancing and (surely the highlight) see the customary moustache contest: fittingly called the Mr. Desert competition. … Continue reading

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Diwali – the festival of lights

Probably one of India’s most famous festivals is the Diwali Festival of Lights. Celebrated all over India and in Indian communities throughout the world, the word Diwali in fact means ‘rows of lit lamps’, which should give you a clue … Continue reading

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