The whole world loves a party, and a good one provides a great excuse to travel. Here’s a whole twelve months of some of the more interesting ways people celebrate during festivals around the world.
Clever street performers: they head to the southern hemisphere this month, where they can perform al fresco in midsummer. The ten-day congregation of singers, dancers, jugglers and more – one of the largest in the world, with 300,000 attendees – has been held in
Wrap up to visit this city that once hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. For a week in early February,
You thought St. Patrick’s Day was an Irish thing? Silly you: the free-wheeling southern city of
Put on your ylioppilaslakki! That’s a white hat all
This three-day Buddhist festival in
This annual gathering draws nerdy ethnomusicologists and spinning hippies for concerts held in the courtyards of many-centuries-old houses in the storied medina. Master sitar players, passionate flamenco guitarists and
Global shoppers, get your credit cards ready. This four-day outdoor market brings artisans and their handicrafts from some 60 countries, and the scene at the tents, with Kyrgyz felt workers next to Haitian painters, is like the ultimate global bazaar. On the last day, entrance is cheaper, and vendors are ready to make amazing deals.
This weeklong singsing – a powwow South Pacific-style – gathers over 100 tribes from PNG to display their traditional dress and dance. Expect to be dazzled by feathers, face paint, rattles and drums. The tribe that gets the most applause from the audience wins the festival, with bragging rights as well as cash.
Beauty pageants needn’t be just for the ladies. In Niger, the Wodaabe people convene this annual matchmaking fest, where men sport elaborate makeup, beads, feathers and embroidered clothing. Line dances last for days, as women assess potential mates for stamina and grace.
At the end of October, Key West, the last in the string of islands that stretches south from
Mexico’s celebration of this feast day is the best known, but in fact, it’s celebrated throughout Latin America. In
So it’s not exactly as offbeat as the rest, but pair a majority-Catholic population with the end of the rice harvest, and you get Christmas food and festivities like nowhere else. Look for puto bumbong, sweet purple sticky rice in bamboo tubes, and star-shaped paper lanterns calles paroles. The best are in San Fernando City, the so-called Christmas Capital of the
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