On a parade route, a trio of women in floral crowns with a cape of leaves and leis around their necks.

Festivals and Events in Honolulu

Author Kevin Whitton covers the best festivals and events during the calendar year, from the Lantern Floating Hawaii festival on Memorial Day to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival in September and more.

Dancers in matching white tops and red skirts hold colorful parasols as they perform.

Happy New Year, Cambodia-Style

Choul Chnam, the Khmer New Year, celebrates the beginning of the Buddhist religion. For three days in mid-April, thousands of Cambodians head for the Angkor temples to celebrate, picnic, and sight-see. Learn more about the holiday and how it’s celebrated.

A mural with Maya influence by graffiti artist Nunca.

Visual Art & Architecture in Mexico

Julie Doherty Meade discusses the history of visual art and architecture in Mexico, from the stepped temple-pyramids of the pre-Columbian era to the influence of French occupation on Mexico City. Read on to learn more about Mexican art—both past and present.

A row of red and yellow umbrellas dot a strip of sand along a palm-tree lined beach.

Réveillon in Imbassaí

In Brazil, it’s customary on New Year’s to get decked out in immaculate white and offer flowers to Iemanjá, Queen of the Seas. Resident Michael Sommers shares a fun, humor-filled experience of the end-of-the-year holiday.

Political satire is a popular theme for the monigotes and años viejos. Photo © Amy E. Robertson.

New Year’s Eve in Ecuador: Embracing Local Culture

Instead of singing “Auld Lang Syne” when midnight strikes in Ecuador, residents set dummies on fire. Read on to learn more about the country’s biggest tradition on New Year’s Eve as Amy E. Robertson shares her experience of the holiday in Quito.

Stuffed animals line booths at at temple fair in Chaoyang Park.

Chun Jie: Spring Festival in Beijing

Chun Jie celebrates the beginning of the new Chinese year. Like most Chinese holidays, its exact date varies slightly from year to year, depending on the Chinese calendar. Author Shannon Aitken discusses the holiday’s traditions and why this may (or may not) be a great time to visit Beijing.