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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April 2022

Setouchi Triennale 2022, Japan

April 14 - November 6
Setouchi islands Japan
Setouchi Triennale Japan

Every three years the Setouchi Triennale, one of Japan’s biggest festivals of modern art, takes place in the south-west of the country. Come spring this exceptional celebration...

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Venice Biennale 2022 (La Biennale di Venezia)

April 23 - November 27
Venice Venice,Italy
€65
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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September 2022

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2022

September 25 - October 4
Phuket Phuket,PhuketThailand + Google Map
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Thailand is certainly no stranger to everything that’s quirky and out of the ordinary. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival held in autumn – also known under its more Taoist-inspired...

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October 2022

Durga Puja Festival 2022, India

October 1 - October 5
All over the Indian subcontinent
Durga Puja

Durga Puja, one of the most important festivals for Hindu Bengalis, is the biggest yearly event in Kolkata and known as the Carnival of the East. Usually taking place in…

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Onion Market 2022, Weimar Germany

October 7 - October 9
Weimar Weimar,Germany + Google Map
Free
Onion Market, Weimar, Germany

Dubbed the Teutonic Glastonbury by the Telegraph, the Weimar Onion Market, takes place each October in the architecturally stunning medieval city in Thuringia, Germany...

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Cheltenham Literature Festival, 2022

October 7 - October 16
cheltenham, 109-111 Bath Road
Cheltenham,GL53 7LSUnited Kingdom
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Cheltenham Literature Festival

Could there be a more appropriate setting for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival than the historic Regency spa town of Cheltenham...

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Ilkley Literature Festival, Yorkshire, 2022

October 7 - October 23
Ilkley Ilkley,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Susie Dent by John Lawrence

Actors, writers, poets and even a few journos will descend upon the West Yorkshire Victorian spa town of Ilkley in October for the Ilkley Literature Festival. The county might be…

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Berlin Festival of Lights 2022, Germany

October 7 - October 16
Berlin Berlin,Germany + Google Map
Free
Berlin Festival of Lights 2020

Each autumn the German capital becomes a city of illumination for the Berlin Festival of Lights. This year will see art works in locations spread all over the city. Many…

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Lord of Miracles, Señor de los Milagros, Peru

October 18 - October 28
Lima Lima,Peru + Google Map
Lord of Miracles,la procesión del señor de los milagros

A key moment in Peru’s Catholic calendar, the Lord of Miracles, or Señor de los Milagros in Spanish, is a procession that takes place in Lima each October. Hence its…

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Diwali 2022 (Deepavali), Festival of Light, India

October 24
Various
Diwali Festival Festivals in October

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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Dashain Festival Nepal, 2022

October 26 - November 9
nepal Nepal + Google Map
Nepal Holidays Dashain Festival

The Dashain Festival is the longest and most important celebration in Nepal before Tihar or Diwali. Spread over 15 days in September or October, depending on the lunar calendar...

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Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2022

October 27 - October 30
Various venues in Ubud Ubud, Bali,Indonesia
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (often called the Ubud Writers Festival), one of the best literary festivals in the world, is held in the central Bali town of Ubud…

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November 2022

Day of the Dead Festival, 2021

November 1 - November 2
Mexico City Mexico City,Mexico + Google Map

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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Pushkar Camel Fair 2022, India

November 1 - November 9
Pushkar Camel Fair Pushkar,RajasthanIndia + Google Map
Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair in November is a fantastic, colourful madhouse where Hindu pilgrims, mystics, cattle traders, entertainers, tourists and camera crews mix with some 30,000...

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Cambodia Water Festival 2022 Phnom Penh

November 7 - November 9
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 7 to 9 November. For three days watch as Phnom Penh’s riverside explodes…

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Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festivals, 2022

November 8 - November 9
Various
Loy Krathong Festival

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 2022

November 27
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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December 2022

Hornbill Festival 2022 in Nagaland, India

December 1 - December 10
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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Hornbill 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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Wonderfruit Festival 2022, Thailand

December 15 - December 18
The Fields, Siam Country Club
Pattaya,ChonburyThailand
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PATTAYA

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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La Feria de Cali 2022 (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...

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