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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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January 2021

Harbin Ice Festival China 2020 Extravaganza

January 5 - February 25
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 as it is officially known - has grown into the…

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Burns Night, Scotland, UK, 2021

January 25
Dumfries Dumfries,ScotlandUnited Kingdom
Burns Night Burns Supper

Held in January, long with Hogmanay and St Andrew's Day, Burns Night is the leading festival in Scotland. However, Burns Night is more widely celebrated across the country than the…

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Thaipusam Festival Malaysia 2021

January 28
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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Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2021

January 28 - February 3
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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Tapati Rapa Nui (Easter Island) 2020, Chile

January 29 - February 6
Easter Island Chile
Tapa

How about a festival on one of the most remote islands in the world? Easter Island’s Tapati is a celebration in a place that is fascinating to explore between events.…

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Venice Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia) 2021

January 30 - February 16
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…

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February 2021

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2021 in Thailand

February 5 - February 7
Nong Buak Hard Public Park, Arak Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat
Chiang Mai,Chiang Mai50200Thailand
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Free
Chiang Mai Flower Festival

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival, now celebrating its 45th anniversary, is one of the most colourful events in Thailand attracting thousands of floral enthusiasts year on year. The 2021 Chiang…

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Tsagaan Sar 2021 in Mongolia

February 12 - February 14
Various
Tsagaan Sar, Mongolia

Tsagaan Sar or Mongolia’s lunar new year is the most important festival for ethnic Mongols and the people of the Arctic where age-old rituals combine with eating local delicacies such…

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Chinese New Year 2021, Global

February 12
Various
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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Panama Carnival (Panama Carnaval), 2021

February 12 - February 17
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. The Panama Carnival…

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Festival du Voyageur 2021, Winnipeg, Canada

February 12 - February 21
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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Fête du Citron Menton (Lemon Festival) 2020

February 13 - February 28
Office de tourisme de la ville de Menton, 8 avenue boyer - Palais de l'Europe
Menton,06500France
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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 2021 Around the World

February 14
Various
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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Naked Man Festival, Okayama (Hadaka Matsuri)

February 20
Saidaiji Kannon-in Temple Okayama,Chūgoku RegionJapan + Google Map
Free
Naked Man Festival

The Saidaiji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri in Okayama, colloquially known as the naked man festival, is the largest of a series of similar festivals held around Japan. Thousands of naked men...

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Chingay Parade Singapore, 2021

February 20 - February 21
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard038975Singapore + Google Map
Free
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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Dallas Blooms 2021, Dallas Texas, USA

February 20 - April 11
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road
Dallas,75218United States
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Dallas Blooms

Held at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and one of the largest floral festivals in the US Southwest, Dallas Blooms has been ranked as one of the top 14…

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2021, Taiwan

February 26 - February 27
Sky Lantern Release Square Shifen,New Taipei countyTaiwan + Google Map
Free
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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March 2021

St David’s Day 2021, Wales, UK

March 1
Wales United Kingdom
St David’s Day

We’ve all heard of St Patrick’s Day, but how many of you know of St David’s Day? The much neglected patron saint of the principality of Wales is celebrated on…

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Khövsgöl Ice Festival 2021, Mongolia

March 3 - March 4
Khövsgöl Lake Khatgal,Mongolia + Google Map
Khövsgöl Ice Festival, Mongolia

Each March, residents of Mongolia’s Khövsgöl Lake area celebrate the Khövsgöl Ice Festival with horse-drawn sleighs, elaborate ice sculptures, traditional food and vibrant competitions including ice skating, ice sumo wrestling,…

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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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