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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 2020

White Nights Festival 2020 Saint Petersburg, Russia

May 22 - July 21
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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June 2020

Kutztown Folk Festival 2020, Pennsylvania, USA

June 27 - July 5
Kutztown Fairgrounds, 450 Wentz St.
Kutztown,PA19530United States
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$5 – $14
Hex sign, Pennsylvania, USA

Billed as America’s oldest folklife festival and hailed as one of the country’s top celebrations, the Kutztown Folk Festival is a veritable journey back into time with plain, good old-fashioned…

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July 2020

Candle Festival Thailand, 2019

July 5 - July 7
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...

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Naadam Festival Mongolia 2020

July 11 - July 15
ulaanbaatur ulaanbaatur,Mongolia + Google Map
Naadam Festival. Photo credit Marcin Konsek

Also called the Olympic Games of nomads, the spectacular Naadam Festival in Mongolia is the country’s biggest event and its national pride. Taking place every July...

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UK Pride, 2020, Newcastle, UK

July 17 - July 19
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne,TynesideUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ comminity in Britian, in July 2020, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. UK Pride Events Planning is underway…

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August 2020

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2020, India

August 22 - September 1
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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Onam Festival 2020, Kerala, India

August 22 - September 2
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 2020, UK

August 29 - August 31
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 29 - August 30
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 2020

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2020, UK

September 7
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. Horn Dance Ritual The folk dance…

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October 2020

Durga Puja Festival 2020, India

October 22 - October 26
All over the Indian subcontinent
Durga Puja Festival India

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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November 2020

Diwali 2020 (Deepavali), Festival of Light, India

November 14
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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Pushkar Camel Fair 2020, India

November 22 - November 30
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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Barbados Celtic Festival 2020, Barbados

November 24 - November 30
Bridgetown, Barbados Bridgetown,Barbados + Google Map
Barbados Celtic Festival

The Caribbean island of Barbados is to host the Barbados Celtic Festival, from 24 to 30 November, in the capital Bridgetown; a celebration of Celtic and Bayan music and rum. …

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December 2020

Hornbill Festival 2020 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 2020

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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La Feria de Cali 2020 (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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April 2021

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021
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 2021

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31, 2021
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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July 2021

Dunmow Flitch Trials 2021, Essex, UK

July 10, 2021
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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