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Recent Festivals and Events Articles

  • Holidays and Festivals in El Salvador A mock bullfight staged at Christmas in Tacuba.Salvadorans are festive folk and celebrate a number of holidays during the year. Depending on how you feel about crowds, you might want to plan your travels to coincide with holidays and festivals or to avoid them.
  • The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario View across a wide green lawn of the Festival Theatre with modern angles and tall glass windows.The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario typically opens with preview performances in late April and early May and continues through October. Beyond the plays, the festival offers a variety of theater tours, lectures, and special events.
  • Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: July to December Gombey dancers perform at the daylong festival honoring Bermuda’s labor movement.Though the summer is generally prime festival season, don’t expect things to slow to a crawl in the latter part of the year. Outdoor sports and competitions continue on year-round, as do many of Bermuda’s heritage events. Here’s the annual line-up from July to December.
  • Cricket Cup Match in Bermuda Cricket played in Bermuda at the Cup Match.Don’t worry if you can’t fathom a “maiden over” or a “googly”—Cup Match is still the very best fun you can have in Bermuda all year. From beaching and boating to al fresco dance parties wrapped in swizzle-infused bonhomie, Cup Match is an authentically Bermudian festival. Make a very long midsummer weekend of Bermuda’s favorite ...
  • Traveling During Kurban Bayramı in Turkey Visiting Turkey may be an intense experience for Westerners traveling to Muslim country for the first time during Kurban Bayramı, the most revered Islamic religious festival of the year.Traveling in Turkey during the religious festival Kurban Bayramı can be a challenge. Use this advice to both plan ahead and smooth your way while traveling.

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Featured Holiday Articles

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  • Visiting a Shinto Shrine on New Year’s Eve in Akan A red Torii gate stands out sharply from the snow during the day.On New Year’s Eve, many people in Japan brave the snow to visit Shinto shrines and pray for good fortune in the coming year. Ruthy Kanagy invites us to experience the tradition through her eyes, from making an offering to warming up with grilled mochi and a cup of hot, sweet sake.
  • Chaul Chnam Thmey: Happy New Year in Cambodia Chedis made of sand and small model boats in front of Wat Atui, an active Khmer temple next to the ruins of a small Angkor era temple, which stands in a village between Siem Reap and Phnom Krom.In many places around the world, December is a month filled with holiday celebration. In Cambodia, a predominantly Buddhist nation, the New Year is celebrated in April (right in the middle of the hot season) and is the most important spiritual and social event of the year. Author Tom Vater discusses how the holiday is ...
  • Réveillon in Imbassaí A row of red and yellow umbrellas dot a strip of sand along a palm-tree lined beach.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.
  • New Year’s Eve in Ecuador: Embracing Local Culture Political satire is a popular theme for the monigotes and años viejos. Photo © Amy E. Robertson.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.
  • Chun Jie: Spring Festival in Beijing Stuffed animals line booths at at temple fair in Chaoyang Park.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.
  • ‘Tis the Season of Salt Cod, Piñatas, and Ponche DecorationsMexico’s Christmas season is full of tradition and pageantry—though very few conifers. Julie Doherty Meade describes the various ways of celebrating, and she shares the story of her own first Christmas in Mexico.
  • A Merry Cuban Christmas A santa hat on a white sand beach.There’s a good reason that many Cubans have never seen Santa, and it’s not because he couldn’t get a visa—nor that it’s never been known to snow in Cuba. To Cuba’s young, bearded revolutionaries, Christmas was both religious and capitalist at the same time, so the holiday was officially banned. Christopher P. Baker discusses the ...
  • Christmas Celebrations in Delhi In a home with a parquet wood floor, crepe paper is strung from a ceiling light with a decorated Christmas tree in the foreground.Christmas is not the most feted day of the year for most people in Delhi, but it definitely does not go by unnoticed. Author Margot Bigg discusses holiday celebrations in India.
  • Christmas in Paris: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire From Paris to Provence, chestnut vendors bring edible holiday cheer to the streets for a few weeks each year. Photo © Aurelia d'Andrea.Nat King Cole probably didn’t have Parisian street corners in mind when he crooned the opening lines to the classic holiday tune “The Christmas Song,” but chestnuts roasting on an open fire are an annual tradition that adds a hefty dose of seasonal charm to the City of Light. Author Aurelia d’Andrea reveals the best ...
  • A Queenstown Carol Strapped in to the parasail, Michelle looks over her shoulder from far above the landscape of Queensland.For those from the northern hemisphere, it’s a bit surreal to experience Christmas “down under.” Author Michelle Waitzman shares her first experience of the holiday in New Zealand, from a paragliding adventure she’d never forget to a shared meal that showcased the Kiwi community spirit.

Image at top of the Grove City Balloon Festival © J. Todd Poling, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.