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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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March 2021

Cherry Blossom Season Japan 2021

March 23 - May 7
All over Japan
Cherry Blossom Japan

The Cherry Blossom Season Japan or sakura is one of the country's top highlights every year when locals and visitors gather to admire the stunning, blooming cherry trees in parks…

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May 2021

Rocket Festival Thailand (Bun Bang Fai) 2021

May 8 - May 10
Isaan region Thailand
Rocket Festival Thailand

Home-made rockets roaring into the skies, dirty humour, cross-dressing parades, mud fests and lots of rice wine – the centuries-old Rocket Festival Thailand, or Bun Bang Fai...

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Venice Biennale 2021 (La Biennale di Venezia)

May 22 - November 21
Venice Venice,Italy
Venice Biennale Italy

From May to November, the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia in its original Italian, and in English also called the Venice Biennial) is one of the world’s most prestigious…

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Barbados Celtic Festival 2021, Barbados

May 25 - May 30
Bridgetown, Barbados Bridgetown,Barbados + Google Map
Barbados Celtic Festival

The Caribbean island of Barbados is to host the Barbados Celtic Festival, from 25 to 30 May, in the capital Bridgetown; a celebration of Celtic and Bayan music and rum. …

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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31
Cooper’s Hill Brockworth,GloucestershireGL3 4SBUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

Held in the village of Brockworth in Gloucestershire, the Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday each year. In 2020 it was scheduled…

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June 2021

Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival 2021, Thailand

June 11 - June 13
In the town’s main street Dan Sai,Thailand + Google Map
Phi Ta Khon Festival Thailand

The immensely popular Phi Ta Khon Festival – also known as the Ghost Festival – is the best reason to visit Loei, a Thai province rarely frequented by international tourists.…

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Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2021

June 25 - June 27
Blenhem Palace, Woodstock
Oxford,OX20 1PPUnited Kingdom
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£15 – £25
Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Held in June each year, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a wonderful horticultural show set in the surroundings of arguably England's finest stately home. The show is expected to…

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White Nights Festival 2021 Saint Petersburg, Russia

June 26 - August 27
All over town Saint Petersburg,Russian Federation
White Nights Saint Petersburg Russia

During the period of the White Nights Festival from June to July in Saint Petersburg, the sun never sets and the city never sleeps. Russia’s cultural capital....

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Paradise Kortrijk Triennial, Belgium

June 26 - October 24
Kortrijk Kortrijk,Belgium + Google Map
Paradise Kortrijk Triennial

Inspired by interpretations of the utopian dream of paradise, the Kortrijk Triennial will take place from 26 June to 24 October, 2021 in the Belgium city. Organisers of the Paradise…

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July 2021

UK Pride, 2021, Newcastle, UK

July 23 - July 25
Exhibition Park and the Town Moor, Exhibition Park and the Town Moor
Newastle-upon-Tyne,United Kingdom
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Free
UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Britian, in July 2021, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. UK Pride Events Planning is underway…

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Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 2021

July 23 - August 1
Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street
Ventnor,Isle of WightUnited Kingdom
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Ventnor Fringe

The Isle of Wight's award winning arts festival, Ventnor Fringe will be from 23 July to 1 August, 2021. This year's Fringe will feature perfiormances outdoor cinema and improv events.…

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Candle Festival Thailand, 2021

July 23 - July 25
Different locations across the country Thailand
Candle Festival Thailand

Marking the start of the green (or wet) season, the Candle Festival in July is amongst the most beautiful celebrations in Thailand. Extravagant, intricately-carved candle sculptures are shown off at…

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August 2021

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021

August 6 - August 30
Edinburgh Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street
Edinburgh,EH1 1QSUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Fringe

One of the largest arts festivals in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in the Scottish capital from 6 to 30 August, 2021. Details of this year's festival…

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Vivid Sydney 2021, New South Wales

August 6 - August 28
Sydney Harbour Sydney,New South WalesAustralia + Google Map
Vivid Sydney

Regarded as the biggest light, music and ideas festival in the South, Vivid Sydney will light up the city's opera house and surrounding harbour area from 6 to 28 August.…

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Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh International Festival)

August 7 - August 29
Edinburgh Festival The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh,EH1 2NEUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Festival

Featuring 2,600 artists from 40 countries, the Edinburgh Festival, or Edinburgh International Festival, kicks off on 2 August, 2019. This year’s...

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Onam Festival 2021, Kerala, India

August 12 - August 23
Kerala KeralaIndia
Onam Festival Kerala, India

During the days of the Onam Festival, the biggest and most spectacular festival of Kerala, the entire Indian state goes on a spree of celebrations, music and dance performances...

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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2021, UK

August 28 - August 30
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival returns bigger and better this year over the August bank holiday weekend as usual. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 28 - August 29
Llanwrtyd Wells Llanwrtyd Wells,PowysUnited Kingdom + Google Map
World Bog Snokelling Championship

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is part of a two-day World Bog Series taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. The World Bog Snorkelling Championship…

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September 2021

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2021, UK

September 6
Abbots Bromley Abbots Bromley,StaffordshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

One of the longest surviving medieval rituals in England, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance has been performed in a village in Staffordshire since 1226. The 2020 Abbots Bromley Horn Dance…

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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2021, India

September 10 - September 19
Mumbai Mumbai,India + Google Map
Ganesh Chaturthi festival worldwide festivals

The spectacular Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi festival in September is an 11-day affair of colourful festivities, involving singing, dancing and theatre honouring the birth of the...

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