Event Category: Cultural Festivals

There are so many cultural festivals and cultural events around the world that sometimes it is difficult to know where to start, which is where Travel Begins at 40, with our extensive selection of festivals across the globe, comes in handy.

Cultural Festivals Around the World

Let’s start with global cultural festivals. Ever wanted to see the Cherry Blossom Season in Japan, or perhaps the Chingay Parade in Singapore, celebrating the country’s rich heritage. You might even prefer watching the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taiwan.

Cultural Events

Of course, there are as many cultural events as festivals. So why not travel to India to see the Pushkar Camel Fair, although we suggest you don’t take a camel home with you. Or, if in Japan, head for the Setouchi Triennale, although you will have to wait until 2021 for the next one, so you better make it there in 2019.

Cultural Celebrations

Celebrations abound everywhere. In Belgium one of the most important cultural celebrations is the Gentse Feesten, or the Ghent Festival in English. Or perhaps you might prefer the Candle Festival in Thailand, or Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival, or how about celebrating Nowruz or Persian New Year.

Religious Festivals

Although, there are religious festivals across the globe, nowhere are these more colourful than in India. Religious festivals of India range from the Diwali Festival to Holi Festival and Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, these religious observances take place throughout the year. Here are our five unmissable Hindu Festivals in India, although perhaps the Onam Festival in Kerala should have made the list.

Indeed with so many festivals to choose from we have listed Travel Begins at 40’s favourite esoteric festivals around the globe from Peru to Hampshire.

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December 2022

Harbin Ice Festival China Extravaganza

December 23, 2022 - February 28, 2023
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 2023

Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2023

January 19 - January 29
Salt Lake City Salt Lake City,UTUnited States
Sundance Film Festival film festivals

Held in late January / early February each year the Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the US. Along with the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), Cannes,…

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Chinese New Year 2023, Global

January 22 - February 9
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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Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2023

January 31
Lerwick Lerwick,Shetland IslandsUnited Kingdom + Google Map
festivals in january Up Helly Aa 3

If you want to see a horde of Vikings parading through the streets, before burning a galley boat and then making merry for 12 hours, Up Helly Aa is the festival for you...

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February 2023

Festival of the Candelaria (La Fiesta de la Candelaria)

February 2
Puno Puno,Peru + Google Map
Every February the streets of Puno are swamped in an explosion of colour and filled with music and dancing, which combine into one oFestival of the Candelaria (La Fiesta de la Candelaria)

Every February the streets of Puno are swamped in an explosion of colour and filled with music and dancing, which combine into one of Peru’s greatest public events - Festival…

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2023 in Thailand

February 3 - February 5
Nong Buak Hard Public Park, Arak Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat
Chiang Mai,Chiang Mai50200Thailand
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Chiang Mai Flower Festival

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is one of the most colourful events in Thailand attracting thousands of floral enthusiasts year on year. It’s not haphazard that Chiang Mai...

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Chingay Parade Singapore, 2023

February 3 - February 4
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard038975Singapore + Google Map
S$20 – S$60
Singapore Bicentennial Chingay Parade

There is no event that encapsulates the multi-cultural nature of Singapore than the Chingay Parade, held each year during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Literally meaning...

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Fiesta Tapati de Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile

February 3 - February 11
Easter Island Chile
Fiesta Tapati de Rapa Nui

How about a festival on one of the most remote islands in the world? Easter Island’s Fiesta Tapati de Rapa Nui is a celebration in a place that is fascinating…

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Venice Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia) 2023

February 4 - February 21
Venice Venice,Italy + Google Map
Venice Carnival

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…

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Hoi An Lantern Festival, Vietnam

February 4
Hoi An Ancient Town, Cau Temple, Hoi An
Hoi An,Viet Nam
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Lanterns for sale in Hoi An night market

The Hoi An Lantern Festival is celebrated once a month on the full moon, and most significantly on the first full moon of the lunar new year. On these days…

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Viareggio Carnival 2023 (Carnevale di Viareggio) Italy

February 4 - February 25
Viali a Mare promenade, Percorso Sfilata
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€15 – €40
Viareggio Carnival

Along with the Venice Carnival, the Viareggio Carnival or Carnevale di Viareggio is one of the largest carnivals in Italy. Held in the Tuscan coastal city in February, the Carnival…

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2023, Taiwan

February 5 - February 8
Sky Lantern Release Square Shifen,New Taipei countyTaiwan + Google Map
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

Experience the magic of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in February when thousands of glowing lights float up into the ink black sky above the small hillside village of Shifen…

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Thaipusam Festival Malaysia 2023

February 5
Batu Caves, Batu Caves
Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
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Thaipusam Festival

Every year the impressive Thaipusam Festival celebrations take place inside the Batu caves near Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Due to Covid the 2021 celebrations will be more muted ...

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Fête du Citron Menton (Lemon Festival) 2023

February 11 - February 26
Office de tourisme de la ville de Menton, 8 avenue boyer - Palais de l'Europe
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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.…

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Valentine’s Day 2023 Around the World

February 14
Valentine's Day

It’s that time of the year again that love birds look forward to, many singles dread, and some brave souls try to ignore. The least that could be said about…

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Battle of the Oranges, 2023, Ivrea, Italy

February 16 - February 21
Ivrea Ivrea,PiedmontItaly + Google Map
Italy Festivals Battle of the Oranges carnivals 2019

Referred to as the biggest food fight in Europe, the Battle of the Oranges takes over the town of Ivrea on the three days preceding Lent, from the Sunday to…

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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2023

February 16 - March 19
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 is this vibrant city’s…

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Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2023, Spain

February 16 - February 22
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…

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Bahia Carnival (Carnaval Baiano), Brazil

February 16 - February 22
Bahia Carnival

Yes, we have all heard of Carnival in Rio, but what about a Carnival in the part of Brazil where the influence of African culture is at its strongest? The…

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Festival du Voyageur 2023, Winnipeg, Canada

February 17 - February 26
St Boniface Winnipeg,ManitobaCanada + Google Map
Festival du Voyageur

The largest winter festival in Western Canada, the Festival du Voyageur, or "Festival of the Traveller" for the non-Francophones out there, is a celebration of all things wintry...

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