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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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September 2019

Turner Prize 2019 at the Turner Contemporary

September 28, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Margate, Rendezvous
Margate,CT9 1HGUnited Kingdom
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Turner Prize at the Turner Contemporary Margate

The prize and the gallery that were both named for artist J M W Turner will be brought together in 2019, when the Turner Contemporary Gallery...

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November 2019

Stockholm Christmas Market 2019, Sweden

November 23 - December 23
Stortorget, Gamla Stan
Stockholm,Sweden
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Stockholm Christmas Market Gamla Stan

Few cities embrace the festive spirit as wholeheartedly as the Swedish capital. The Stockholm Christmas Market is not just a solitary affair but a series of gatherings that appear across…

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December 2019

Hornbill Festival 2019 in Nagaland, India

December 1 - December 10
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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Hornbill Festival worldwide festival

The biggest event of indigenous warrior tribes in India’s Nagaland state, the 10-day Hornbill Festival sees singing, dance and sports performances mix...

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Konya Whirling Dervishes Festival 2019

December 7 - December 17
Konya Konya,Turkey + Google Map
Whirling Dervishes

For eleven days, the Turkish city of Konya will host one of the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality with the mesmerising beauty of the Whirling Dervishes...

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Beverley Festival of Christmas 2019

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm GMT
Beverley Beverley,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Beverley Christmas Festival

The hugely popular Beverley Festival of Christmas, in East Yorkshire, has grown from a small market to one of the largest festive celebrations...

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Wonderfruit Festival 2019, Thailand

December 12 - December 16
The Fields, Siam Country Club
Pattaya,ChonburyThailand
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Wonderfruit Festival Thailand

Within just a few years, the Wonderfruit Festival has risen to become one of the most anticipated festivals in Thailand blending music and gastronomy with wellness...

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Royal Barge Procession 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

December 12
Along the Chao Phraya River Bangkok,Thailand
Royal Barge Procession, Thailand

The magnificent Royal Barge Procession in Thailand, a very rare and grand event with much splendour, will take place again this December after a seven-year-long hiatus. Involving 52 elaborately crafted…

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Hanukkah 2019 Festival of Lights

December 22 - December 30
Israel and other countries
Hanukkah Festival of Lights Israel

Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most popular and beautiful Jewish festivals around the world. Taking place annually towards the year-end, participants…

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Harbin Ice Festival China 2020 Extravaganza

December 25, 2019 - February 25, 2020
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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La Feria de Cali 2019 (Cali Fair), Colombia

December 25 - December 30
Various locations in Cali Santiago de Cali,Colombia
La Feria de Cali, Colombia

The annual Feria de Cali or Cali Fair in Colombia has grown into one of South America’s most important salsa festivals with fireworks, colourful parades, free music concerts, culture &…

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Rio de Janeiro New Years Eve 2019

December 31, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro,Brazil
rio de janeiro new years eve

We have all heard about the city of the carnival, but how about Rio Rio de Janeiro New Years Eve, is it the place to toast in 2019? Mike East went to discover what it is all about...

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January 2020

Voodoo Festival 2020 in Benin

January 10, 2020
Ouidah Ouidah,Benin + Google Map
Voodoo Festival Benin

The Voodoo Festival or the Fête du Vaudou is a celebration of traditional religions in the West African country of Benin, the cradle of the voodoo cult. Voodoo claims a prominent place ...

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Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2020

January 23, 2020 - February 2, 2020
Salt Lake City Salt Lake City,UTUnited States
Sundance Film Festival

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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Tsagaan Sar 2020 in Mongolia

January 25, 2020 - January 27, 2020
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 2020

January 25, 2020 - January 30, 2020
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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February 2020

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2020 in Thailand

February 7, 2020 - February 9, 2020
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 2020, now in its 43rd edition, is one of the most colourful events in Thailand attracting thousands of floral enthusiasts year on year. It’s not…

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2020, Taiwan

February 8, 2020 - February 9, 2020
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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Thaipusam Festival Malaysia 2020

February 8, 2020 - February 10, 2020
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. A million devotees and visitors gather from all over Asia for a…

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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020

February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020
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 2020 is this vibrant…

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Valentine’s Day 2020 around the world

February 14, 2020
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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