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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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December 2019

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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January 2020

Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2020

January 23 - February 2
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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Tsagaan Sar 2020 in Mongolia

January 25 - January 27
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, Global

January 25 - January 30
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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Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2020

January 28
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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Chingay Parade Singapore, 2020

January 31 - February 1
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard038975Singapore + Google Map
S$28.50 – S$60
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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February 2020

Tapati Rapa Nui (Easter Island) 2020, Chile

February 1 - February 15
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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Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2020 in Thailand

February 7 - February 9
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 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 - February 9
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 - February 10
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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Venice Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia) 2020

February 8 - February 25
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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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020

February 13 - March 14
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
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 15
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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Fête du Citron Menton (Lemon Festival) 2020

February 15 - March 3
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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Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2020, Spain

February 18 - February 26
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 2020

February 21 - February 29
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro,Brazil + Google Map
Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival in 2019 begins on 1 March in the afternoon and ends on 6 March when the last reveller flops to the floor. Locals know where to go and what to do; however, as...

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Battle of the Oranges, 2020, Ivrea, Italy

February 23 - February 25
Ivrea Ivrea,PiedmontItaly + Google Map
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 2020

February 24 - February 25
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. Officially, the Trinidad Carnival begins on…

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Khövsgöl Ice Festival 2020, Mongolia

February 28 - March 1
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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