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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

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31
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. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus…

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June 2021

Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival 2021, Thailand

June 11 - June 13
In the town’s main street Dan Sai,Thailand + Google Map
Phi Ta Khon Festival Thailand

The immensely popular Phi Ta Khon Festival – also known as the Ghost Festival – is the best reason to visit Loei, a Thai province rarely frequented by international tourists.…

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Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2020

June 20 - June 21
Stonehenge Wiltshire,SP4 7DEUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Stonehenge Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is a time when the days really get long and the nights are short. There is no…

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Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2021

June 25 - June 27
Blenhem Palace, Woodstock
Oxford,OX20 1PPUnited Kingdom
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£15 – £25
Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Held in June each year, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a wonderful horticultural show set in the surroundings of arguably England's finest stately home...

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White Nights Festival 2021 Saint Petersburg, Russia

June 26 - August 27
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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July 2021

The Dancing Devils of Yare, Venezuela

July 3
Yare MirandaVenezuela + Google Map
Dancing Devils of Yare

One of the most spectacular and colourful festivals in Venezuela, the Dancing Devils of Yare dates back to 1749, and in 2020 it will be held on 3 July. As…

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George Town Festival 2021, Penang

July 10 - July 18
George Town Penang,Malaysia
George Town Festival Penang Malaysia

Less than a week after celebrating its UNESCO World Heritage Day, once again culture, art and heritage will take over Penang’s capital during the George Town Festival from 10 to…

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UK Pride, 2021, Newcastle, UK

July 23 - July 25
Exhibition Park and the Town Moor, Exhibition Park and the Town Moor
Newastle-upon-Tyne,United Kingdom
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Free
UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Britian, in July 2021, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. UK Pride Events Unfortunately UK Pride…

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Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 2021

July 23 - August 1
Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street
Ventnor,Isle of WightUnited Kingdom
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Ventnor Fringe

The Isle of Wight's award winning arts festival, Ventnor Fringe will be from 23 July to 1 August, 2021. This year's Fringe will feature perfiormances outdoor cinema and improv events.…

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Candle Festival Thailand, 2021

July 23 - July 25
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 are shown off at…

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August 2021

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021

August 6 - August 30
Edinburgh Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street
Edinburgh,EH1 1QSUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Fringe

One of the largest arts festivals in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in the Scottish capital from 6 to 30 August, 2021. The 2021 Fringe will go…

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Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh International Festival)

August 7 - August 29
Edinburgh Festival The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh,EH1 2NEUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh Festival, or Edinburgh International Festival, kicks off on 7 August, 2021. This year’s programme features some of the best...

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Onam Festival 2021, Kerala, India

August 12 - August 23
Kerala KeralaIndia
Free
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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Feria de las Flores 2021, Medellin Colombia

August 12 - August 22
Medellin Medellin,Colombia + Google Map
feria de las flores

Medellin Colombia is a city transformed and what better way to experience this wonderful city than by visiting its annual Feria de las Flores or Flower Festival held each July…

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Freedom Festival Hull 2021, Yorkshire

August 20 - September 5
Hull Hull,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Freedom Festival Hull 2021

Held in late August ro early September, the Freedom Festival Hull is the flagship event in the former UK City of Culture’s festival calendar. Now in its 14th year and…

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Southampton Pride 2021, UK

August 28
Guildhall Square Southampton,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
southampton pride

More than 17,000 people are expected to travel to the South coast for Southampton Pride on 28 August 2021. The event will include a Pride Village and Market Hall inside…

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September 2021

Las Fallas de València 2021, Spain

September 1 - September 5
Plaza del Ayuntamiento Valencia,Spain + Google Map
Free
Fallas de Valencia

This September will see Las Fallas de València return to the third Spanish city having been postponed from March. Las Fallas de València 2020 was postponed due to Covid. The…

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Berlin Festival of Lights 2020, Germany

September 3 - September 12
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 70 locations spread all over the city.…

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2021, UK

September 6
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. The 2020 Abbots Bromley Horn Dance…

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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2021, India

September 10 - September 19
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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