Traditional Festivals

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Traditional Festivals

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Abu Simbel Festival of the Sun

Abu Simbel Festival of the Sun

Ramesses the Great, the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt constructed his temple at Abu Simbel so that the internal chamber would be ...
Africa Egypt Abu Simbel Historical Festivals Traditional Festivals February
Andong Mask Dance Festival

Andong Mask Dance Festival

For many locals, South Korea's, Andong City is believed to be the cradle of Korean civilisation, a window into 5,000 years of Korean culture. Each ...
Asia South Korea Andong Traditional Festivals Cultural Festivals September
April Fair

April Fair

What began in 1847 as a regional cattle market and later became a popular revolt against foreign culture and habit, has now grown into southern ...
Europe Spain Seville Traditional Festivals Cultural Festivals April
Arugungu Fishing Festival

Arugungu Fishing Festival

If by chance you're ever in Nigeria's Arugungu neck of the woods around February or March make sure you pay the Arugungu Fishing Festival a ...
Africa Nigeria Arugungu Fishing Tournaments Traditional Festivals February
Baby Cry Sumo Competition

Baby Cry Sumo Competition

During Baby-cry Sumo — or Konaki Sumo in the local tongue — sumo wrestlers face off armed with cutely-dressed infants in a contest to see ...
Asia Japan Tokyo Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals April
Balls of Fire

Balls of Fire

Great balls of fire! Every August 31st in the El Salvador city of Nejapa, youths with painted faces take to the street to hurl fireballs ...
Central America El Salvador Nejapa Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals August
Barthelmarkt

Barthelmarkt

Don the dirndl or pop on the leather shorts and make your way to Manching near Ingolstadt for four days of beer-based fun. Though first ...
Europe Germany Manching Beer Festivals Traditional Festivals August
Boi Bumba Folklore Festival

Boi Bumba Folklore Festival

The Bombadromo on the Brazilian Isle of Parintins comes to life in late June for three nights as the two corrals of Garantido and Caprichoso ...
South America Brazil Parintins Traditional Festivals Cultural Festivals June
Bor Sang Umbrella Festival

Bor Sang Umbrella Festival

For three days in mid-January, the little lanes of Bor Sang Village bloom in a riot of color as people hang umbrellas decorated in every ...
Asia Thailand Chiang Mai Traditional Festivals January
Burn's Night

Burn's Night

January 25 is the (assumed) birthday of Caledonia's bard, Robert Burns. Burns, Scotland's most revered poet penned for the people many poetic treats including Tam ...
Europe Scotland Traditional Festivals Historical Festivals January
Chios Rocket War

Chios Rocket War

Churches have always been considered to be safe havens — a place where you could escape the madness outside. But come Easter in Vrontados on ...
Europe Greece Vrontados, Chios Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals April
Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

As Scottish as Sean Connery hoeing into a haggis or Robert the Bruce sipping a wee dram, it's Edinburgh's famous Military Tattoo, held annually each ...
Europe Scotland Edinburgh Celtic Festivals Traditional Festivals Cultural Festivals August
Estonia Song and Dance Celebration (Laulupidu)

Estonia Song and Dance Celebration (Laulupidu)

If you like your Baltic folk music, large, loud and part of a crowd (and I do mean a crowd) then it don't get much ...
Europe Estonia Tallinn Traditional Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals July
Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

More than a quarter of million visitors flock to Morocco's intellectual capital, Fes for the country's most culturally-significant event, the Festival of World Sacred Music. ...
Africa Morocco Fez World Music Festivals Traditional Festivals June
Festa Major de Gracia

Festa Major de Gracia

Barcelona's Gracia district has a bit of a bohemian reputation. Things hang a little looser in Gracia. It has vibrant squares, a bustling bar and ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Street Parties Traditional Festivals August
Festes de la Merce

Festes de la Merce

During Festes de la Merce, the Catalan capital says goodbye to summer with a bang; literally. For four days nearing the shank of September, Barcelona ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Street Parties Traditional Festivals September
Festival of the Virgin of Carmen

Festival of the Virgin of Carmen

Join the heaving throngs of devotees at the Festival of the Virgin of Carmen (the Patron Saint of Fisherman), held annually all over Spain and ...
Europe Spain Tenerife Religious Events Traditional Festivals July
Fetes de Bayonne

Fetes de Bayonne

More than a million revellers descend upon the Basque city of Bayonne for five days each August for the eagerly awaited, Fêtes de Bayonne. With ...
Europe France Bayonne Traditional Festivals Street Parades August
Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha de Tacuarembo

Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha de Tacuarembo

Take a trip back in time to a good ol' fashioned cowboy festival or fiesta gaucha as they're known locally in South America. El Fiesta ...
South America Uruguay Tacuarembo Rodeos Traditional Festivals March
Fiesta de la Virgen de Urqupinia

Fiesta de la Virgen de Urqupinia

If you like your festivals colourful, off the beaten track and with a pan-pipe back beat, then Bolivia's Fiesta de la Virgen de Urqupinia may ...
South America Bolivia Quillacollo Religious Events Traditional Festivals August
Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day has been celebrated each and every 2nd February since 1886 when the one, the only Punxsutawney Phil leaves the snug sanctuary of his ...
North America United States Pennsylvania Punxsutawney, PA Family Festivals Traditional Festivals February
Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night

The Brits love a liberal lashing of irony, and it's with that in mind that every 5th of November they go to great lengths to ...
Europe England London Historical Festivals Traditional Festivals November
Hogmanay

Hogmanay

The Scots have always been a highly hospitable bunch proud of their tradition. And for the brave, what better way to see it in action ...
Europe Scotland Edinburgh New Year Events Traditional Festivals December
Hounen Matsuri

Hounen Matsuri

You can never find a giant 12 foot phallus when you need one but then when you don't... Join the fun at the Tagata Shrine ...
Asia Japan Komaki Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals Adults Only Festivals March
Ikari

Ikari

Before the Balkans War lay to ruin the mighty Stari Most that magnificently spanned the Neretvan River, Mostar played host to Ikari — the world's ...
Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar Traditional Festivals Sporting Events July
India Pakistan Border Closing Ceremony

India Pakistan Border Closing Ceremony

If you find yourself crossing the border at Wagah — between India's Amritsar and Pakistan's Lahore — park up and hang out for the over-the-top ...
Asia India Wagah National Festivals Traditional Festivals Year Round
Jerez Grape Harvest Festival

Jerez Grape Harvest Festival

Sip sherry at old tavernas and experience the passion of flamenco during this 500 year old celebration of Jerez's world-famous tipple. The Jerez Grape Harvest ...
Europe Spain Jerez de la Frontera Wine Festivals Traditional Festivals September
Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival

Every summer since 1640 the city of Edirne plays host to an age old Turkish tradition — Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling. Barefoot and stripped to the ...
Europe Turkey Edirne Sporting Events Traditional Festivals June
Las Fallas

Las Fallas

Spain puts its hand up repeatedly when you're compiling a list of the world's largest and most exciting festivals — there's La Tomatina, San Fermin, ...
Europe Spain Valencia Street Parades Traditional Festivals March
Le Van Duyet Tomb Festival

Le Van Duyet Tomb Festival

Vietnam's path to becoming the prosperous emerging nation we know it as today has been a long an arduos one. Centuries before the Vietnam War, ...
Asia Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Traditional Festivals Historical Festivals September
Moldova National Wine Day

Moldova National Wine Day

The history of Moldovan winemaking is as rich as the soil of the country's Pucari Region. Those lucky enough to be in Chisinau over the ...
Europe Moldova Chisinau Wine Festivals Traditional Festivals October
Mud Slinging Festival

Mud Slinging Festival

Many of Japan's more renowned cultural festivals involve grown men dressed in nothing more than loincloths (fundoshi in the local lingo) doing strange things to ...
Asia Japan Yotsukaido Adults Only Festivals Traditional Festivals Nude Festivals February
Naadam

Naadam

Join thousands of nomadic tribesmen fresh from the Steppes during Mongolia's annual famed competition of manly pursuits, Enin Gurvan Naadam, or simply, Naadam. It's one ...
Asia Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Sporting Events Traditional Festivals July
National Voodoo Day

National Voodoo Day

The Atlantic coast city of Ouidah in Benin plays host to the country's drum fuelled and colourful National Voodoo Day celebrations each January. Followers gather ...
Africa Benin Ouidah Religious Events Traditional Festivals January
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, the world's largest and most celebrated beer festival. Never been? Close your eyes and picture part Disneyland, part Bud Brewery. Oktoberfest is to the ...
Europe Germany Munich Beer Festivals Traditional Festivals September
Palio of Siena

Palio of Siena

Amidst a flurry of medieval pageantry in the ancient Piazza del Campo, Siena's historic, Il Palio is a horse race with a difference and an ...
Europe Italy Florence Horse Racing Events Traditional Festivals Sporting Events July
Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

For five days each year the sleepy, lakeside settlement of Pushkar comes to life in a sea of colour, cattle and camels during the world-renowned, ...
Asia India Pushkar Fairs Traditional Festivals November
Regata Storica

Regata Storica

Venice's history is inextricably linked to rowing. Her gondolas and gondoliers are as iconic as Pisa's tower or Rome's colosseum. Come the first Sunday of ...
Europe Italy Venice Sporting Events Traditional Festivals September
Return to the Ridings

Return to the Ridings

For centuries the Scottish border towns of Hawick, Jedburgh, Lauder and Selkirk have been keeping a watchful eye on their southern neighbours, the ever-so-meddlesome English. ...
Europe Scotland Hawick Historical Festivals Traditional Festivals May
San Fermin

San Fermin

The event draws party-goers from near and far and although Sanfermines entails so much more to the locals, it's the Encierro — the daily running ...
Europe Spain Pamplona Traditional Festivals Bizarre Festivals July
Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival

Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival

For camel wrestling aficionados there's only one place to be come January; an ancient stadium at Ephesus, near the town of Selcuk, (which is near ...
Europe Turkey Izmir Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals January
St. Andrews Highland Games

St. Andrews Highland Games

Pop on some plaid and head for St. Andrews for their annual Highland Games held annually on the last Sunday of July. Brimming with tradition, ...
Europe Scotland St. Andrews Sporting Events Traditional Festivals July
Temple Bar TradFest

Temple Bar TradFest

Fancy the fiddle? Pining for the pipes? If you like your music with an Irish bent, there's only one place to be come January; the ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Traditional Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals January
Tinku Festival

Tinku Festival

Each May thousands of indigenous Bolivian indians descend on the isolated, mountainous city of Macha in the hope of picking a fight. The 600 year ...
South America Bolivia Macha Traditional Festivals Bizarre Festivals May
Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

Like your festivals wind-swept, scorched and dripping with tradition? Then Up Helly Aa may just be the fest for you. For 24 hours on the ...
Europe Scotland Shetland Islands Traditional Festivals Historical Festivals January
Virgin of Suyapa Festival

Virgin of Suyapa Festival

The grandiose Basilica de Suyapa in Tegucigalpa plays host to one of Central America's smallest, yet most adored statues — the Virgin of Supaya, the ...
Central America Honduras Tegucigalpa Religious Events Traditional Festivals February
Whirling Dervishes Festival

Whirling Dervishes Festival

The 13th century Sufi poet, Celaleddin Rumi (Mevlâna) is widely considered one of the world's great mystic philosophers. His religious writings and poetry are highly ...
Europe Turkey Konya Traditional Festivals Religious Events December

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