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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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May 2021

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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October 2021

Wang Yeh Boat Burning Festival, Taiwan

October 24 - October 31
Donggang Donggang,Taiwan + Google Map
Wang Yeh Boat Burning Festival, Taiwan

Happening only every three years – in the Chinese years of the Ox, Dragon, Goat and Dog – 2021 is your chance again to witness one of Taiwan’s top festivals,…

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Aké Festival, Laos, Nigeria 2020

October 28 - October 30
Lagos Lagos,Nigeria
Lebogang Mashile Aké Festival

Africa’s leading arts and book event Aké Festival will return Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 October with a free programme of 65 inspiring talks, workshops, panel discussions...

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November 2021

Day of the Dead Festival, 2021

November 1 - November 2
Mexico City Mexico City,Mexico + Google Map
Day of the Dead Festival worldwide festivals

Many people associate the Day of the Dead Festival with Mexico, but actually it is an equally important part of the culture of Guatemala (on 1 November) and El Salvador,…

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Diwali 2021 (Deepavali), Festival of Light, India

November 4
Various
Diwali

What do you do when you return home after having been exiled for 14 years? You heave a sigh of relief and celebrate. That’s what happens during Diwali (also called…

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Light Festival Ghent, Belgium

November 10 - November 14
Ghent Ghent,Belgium + Google Map
Light Festival Ghent

Every three years the city of Ghent in Belgium lights up with a series of spectacular and imaginative light installations from international artists. The next Light Festival Ghent will be…

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Cambodia Water Festival 2021 Phnom Penh

November 18 - November 20
Phnom Penh Riverside, Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh,Cambodia
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Free
Cambodia Water Festival in Phnom Penh

This year the Cambodia Water Festival, or Bon Om Touk to give its Khmer name, falls on 18 to 20 November. For three days watch as Phnom Penh’s riverside explodes…

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Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festivals, 2021

November 19 - November 21
Various
Loy Krathong Yi Peng Thailand

Thailand’s most beautiful and beguiling festival, Loy Krathong is enormously popular with Thais and visitors alike. Thousands of little candle lights and flowers drift down waterways...

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Monkey Buffet Festival, Lopburi, Thailand 2021

November 28
Phra Prang Sam Yot temple, Tha Hin, Mueang Lop Buri District
Lopburi,Lopburi15000Thailand
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Monkey Buffet Festival

Lopburi, in Northern Thailand, is already famous for its Khmer temple crowded with monkeys, but every year in November the whole town goes ape when visitors from Thailand...

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January 2022

Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2022

January 25, 2022
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 2022

Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2022, Spain

February 22, 2022 - March 2, 2022
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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Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2022

February 25, 2022 - March 5, 2022
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro,Brazil + Google Map
Rio Carnival is postponed

The Rio Carnival is the biggest and greatest celebration on Earth. While locals know where to go and what to do; however, as it’s a big Latin American city, the…

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Carnaval de Binche 2022, Belgium

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
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.…

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Battle of the Oranges, 2022, Ivrea, Italy

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
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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Trinidad Carnival, Port of Spain 2022

February 28, 2022 - March 1, 2022
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, and is probably the most vibrant…

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April 2022

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 29, 2022 - May 2, 2022
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
festivals in the uk Jack of the Green Hastings

The Jack in the Green Festival takes place in the Sussex coastal town of Hastings – 1066 and all that – traditionally over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. A…

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May 2022

Vivid Sydney 2022, New South Wales

May 27, 2022 - June 18, 2022
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 27 May to 18…

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July 2022

Dunmow Flitch Trials 2022, Essex, UK

July 9, 2022
Taberds Ley Great Dunmow,EssexUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12 – £22
Dunmow Flitch of Bacon

Few of the many festivals in the UK are steeped in a history as long as the Dunmow Flitch Trials. Held every leap year, in Great Dunmow Essex, the trials…

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August 2022

Notting Hill Carnival, London 2022, UK

August 27, 2022 - August 29, 2022
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

Traditionally the iconic Notting Hill Carnival is held over the August bank holiday weekend. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family day, and the main parade…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 27, 2022 - August 28, 2022
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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