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December 2018

Harbin Ice Festival China 2018 Extravaganza

December 25, 2018 - February 28, 2019
Harbin Harbin,China + Google Map
Harbin Ice Festival

Once mostly a regional affair, the Harbin Ice Festival, China - or the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival...

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January 2019

Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 India

January 15 - March 4
Triveni Sangam Allahabad,Uttar PradeshIndia + Google Map
Ardh Kumbh Mela

Ardh Kumbh Mela is a phenomenal spectacle of millions of Hindu pilgrims in India who gather every six years to bathe in a sacred river – this time in Allahabad. Billed as one of the largest peaceful mass gatherings on earth, and recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, at least 120 million people are expected to attend 2019's Ardh Kumbh Mela. Sadhus – religious ascetics who consider themselves as guardians of the faith and of whom some cover…

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February 2019

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019

February 5 - February 19
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is undoubtedly China’s pre-eminent and most intense festive period characterised by sumptuous family meals, the colour red, paper lanterns and lots...

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Fête du Citron Menton (Lemon Festival) 2019

February 16 - March 3
Menton Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur + Google Map
Fete du citron carnivals 2019

Situated on the Côte d’Azur in the Alpes Maritimes, the town of Menton could be forgiven for just becoming a playground for the rich, like neighbouring St Tropez and Monaco. Instead, however, it came up with the highly innovative and colourful La Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival), which attracts thousands of visitors annually and is an intensive labour of love for its citizens. The region of Menton is a producer of high quality lemons thus was the lemon festival conceived…

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Venice Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia) 2019

February 16 - March 5
Venice Venice,Italy + Google Map
Venice Carnival carnivals 2019

Juxtapose one of the most beautiful cities in the world alongside one of the most colourful and exciting carnivals globally and it has to be a winning formula. Masked costumed revellers intermingling in St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, or sailing along the Grand Canal, create a spectacle not to be missed – the Venice Carnival. Origins of the Venice Carnival So how did one of the most famous carnivals in the world begin? It is thought the festivities…

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2019, Taiwan

February 19
Sky Lantern Release Square Shifen,New Taipei countyTaiwan + Google Map
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

Experience the magic of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival when thousands of glowing lights float up into the ink black sky above the small hillside village of Shifen in northern Taiwan. A few years ago The Discovery Channel named the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival one of the best festivals from around the planet while in 2016 National Geographic listed it among the 10 best winter trips worldwide. Taking place during the first full moon of the Chinese Lunar New Year…

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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019

February 21 - March 23
Different venues in Hong Kong Hong Kong + Google Map
Hong Kong Arts Festival

International top artists giving world class performances ranging from the classical to the avant-garde, and the familiar to the surprising – the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019 is this vibrant city’s premier cultural happening. Organised since 1973, the festival is now in its 47th edition and has grown into the territory’s biggest arts event of the year drawing thousands of spectators. What is the Hong Kong Arts Festival? During the four weeks of the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019, leading…

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Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2019, Spain

February 28 - March 6
Sitges Sitges,CatalunyaSpain + Google Map
sitges carnival carnivals 2019

The Sitges Carnival (Carnaval Sitges) sees the Spanish coastal town brought to life with carnival fever as parties and parades take over the streets in the run-up to Lent. While the event is celebrated throughout Spain, Sitges has built up a reputation as the place to be, thanks to the city knowing exactly how to throw a week-long party. Situated on the Catalonian coast, southwest of Barcelona, Sitges is one of the gay capitals of Europe. Each year, the carnival…

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March 2019

Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2019

March 1 - March 6
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro,Brazil + Google Map
Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival in 2019 begins on 1 March in the afternoon and ends on 6 March when the last reveller flops to the floor. Locals know where to go and what to do; however, as...

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Panama Carnival (Panama Carnaval), 2019

March 1 - March 5
Panama City Panama City,Panama + Google Map
Panama Carnival

The Panama Carnival (or Carnaval in Spanish) is the biggest celebration of the year in the Central American nation. Here’s how it’s done. Bring your water pistol. During the day many Panamanians head off to the beach, of which there are many beautiful ones to choose from, though they are a little way out of the capital. It is in the night when the Carnival party atmosphere begins. There will be elaborately decorated floats, processions, music and a competition to…

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Carnaval de Binche (Carnival of Binche) Belgium

March 3 - March 5
All over town Binche,Belgium + Google Map
Carnaval de Binche

Eerie, identical wax masks, colossal ostrich plume hats, confetti in churches and orange throwing: the medieval Carnaval de Binche (or Carnival of Binche) is like no other in the world. In the land of René Magritte, the Carnaval de Binche definitely lives up to Belgium’s long-time love affair with surrealism. In this tiny town in French speaking Wallonia, hundreds of local males – from toddlers to grandfathers – come out at dawn and roam the streets like the undead woken…

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Winter Golden Eagle Festival 2019, Mongolia

March 3 - March 4
Chinggis Khaanii Khuree Complex, Chingisiin Khuree Tsogtsolbor
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Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia

At Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival in winter, ethnic Kazakhs show off the breathtaking skills of their trained hunting eagles, alongside cultural displays of Kazakh traditional costumes, handicrafts and food...

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Trinidad Carnival, Port of Spain 2019

March 4 - March 5
Port of Spain Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago + Google Map
trinidad carnival carnivals 2019

The World’s greatest party might be in Rio de Janeiro, but the Trinidad Carnival is a mix of centuries of tradition and solid fun. Officially, the Trinidad Carnival begins on the Monday before Ash Wednesday and finishes the following day. In 2019, this falls on 4 and 5 March. However, there is a series of great events around these dates in Port of Spain, and it could really be said to start a couple of days earlier. Sure, it’s not on…

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Camel Festival (Temeenii Bayar) Mongolia 2019

March 6 - March 7
Gobi Desert Dalanzadgad,South GobiMongolia + Google Map
Camel Festival Mongolia

During the Camel Festival, held in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, nomadic herders show off their skills during the biggest camel race in the world, alongside cultural activities involving colourful costumes and camel products…

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Frozen Dead Guy Days, Colorado, USA

March 8 - March 10
Guercio Park Town Square parking lot, and 1st Street Nederland,COUnited States + Google Map

Over the first full weekend in March, Nederland in Colorado hosts one of the quirkiest festivals in the US, if not the world. Frozen Dead Guy Days features frozen festivities with dozens of live bands and such offbeat icy escapades as polar plunging in fancy dress costume and ice turkey bowling. Bredo Morstol and the Origins of Frozen Dead Guy Days Marking its 18th incarnation in 2019, Frozen Dead Guy Days promises to be something of an ice-cool spectacle. Almost certainly…

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Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season 2019

March 18 - April 22
All over Japan
Cherry Blossom Japan

The Cherry Blossom or sakura is one of Japan’s top highlights every year when locals and visitors gather to admire the stunning, blooming cherry trees in parks and streets. The entire 3,000-km-long country turns topsy-turvy with lots of hanami or flower viewing picnics taking place underneath the spectacular cherry trees. This explosion of colour is a true national treasure in the country and is the pride of every Japanese. The red and white flowers during the famous Cherry Blossom come…

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Holi Festival 2019 India

March 20 - March 21
Holi Festival

Holi Festival 2019 is a riotous two-day Hindu celebration where crowds douse each other with colour and water – and is probably India’s most vibrant and fun festival.  Holi sees family, friends and strangers come together to dance, laugh and feast, celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of the spring harvest season. Most often associated with getting drenched in water and throwing coloured powders or gulal at one another, Holi Festival actually consists of two parts:…

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Persian New Year (Nowruz Festival) 2019

March 21
Persian New Year

Experience the opulence of Nowruz – or Persian New Year – with an abundance of food, music and hospitality in one of many Persian-heritage countries. Nowruz literally means “new day” and remains an important festival in countries with ancient Persian cultures in many parts of the world. Persian New Year occurs yearly on the vernal equinox, the first day of spring when the centre of the sun is positioned directly above the equator, and day and night are equally long.…

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April 2019

Kanamara Matsuri, Japan Penis Festival, 2019

April 7
Kanayama Shrine, 2 Chome-13-16 Daishi Ekimae
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Japan Penis Festival

The Japan Penis Festival is arguably the country’s most amusing event when tens of thousands of revellers roam the streets of Kawasaki city pay tribute to fertility in an age-old ritual, amidst thousands of phalluses of all sizes, shapes and colours. Kanamari Matsuri means Festival of the Steel Phallus and is becoming more and more popular every year amongst Japanese and foreigners alike, to whom it is more commonly known as the Japan Penis Festival. The modern day purpose of…

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Songkran, Thailand Water Festival, 2019

April 13 - April 15
thailand Thailand + Google Map
songkran worldwide festivals

Songkran 2019, or Thailand's water festival, is an occasion of great fun especially in the major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The whole country grinds to a halt as people are sprayed with industrial water guns or whatever comes most easily to hand. Celebrated from April 13 to 15, it's best to turn up in swimming gear and wrap your fun, money and credit cards up in plastic so as to fully participate in the festivities. Songkran Water…

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