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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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March 2020

Pasifika Festival 2020, Auckland, New Zealand

March 14 - March 15
Western Springs Park Auckland,New Zealand + Google Map
Pasifika Festival 2020 Auckland

Hosted in New Zealand, the Pasifika Festival in Auckland is the biggest festival to celebrate the cultures of the South Pacific. The Festival attracts around 60,000 visitors, has over 220…

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Cherry Blossom Season Japan 2020

March 16 - April 20
All over Japan
Cherry Blossom Japan

The Cherry Blossom Season Japan or sakura is one of the country's top highlights every year when locals and visitors gather to admire the stunning, blooming cherry trees in parks…

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St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 17
St Patrick’s Festival Box Office, 12 Essex St E, Temple Bar
Dublin,D02 EH42Ireland
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St Patricks Day Parade

St Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is the day that all the Irish diaspora around the world celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. Expect plenty of green…

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National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC

March 20 - April 12
Washington DC Washington DC,United States + Google Map
National Cherry Blossom Festival

Anyone who has visited Washington DC during the Spring will find it impossible to forget the overwhelming sight of hundreds upon hundreds of delicate flowering cherry trees...

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Nowruz or Persian New Year 2020

March 21
Various
Nowruz - Persian New Year

Experience the opulence of Nowruz – or Persian New Year – with an abundance of food, music and hospitality in one of many Persian-heritage countries...

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April 2020

Kanamara Matsuri, Japan Penis Festival, 2020

April 5
Kanayama Shrine, 2 Chome-13-16 Daishi Ekimae
Kawasaki,Kanagawa210-0802Japan
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Japan Penis Festival

The Japan Penis Festival is arguably the country’s most amusing event when tens of thousands of revellers roam the streets of Kawasaki city in April to pay tribute to fertility…

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Songkran, Thailand Water Festival, 2020

April 13 - April 15
thailand Thailand
songkran worldwide festivals

Songkran, or Thailand's water festival, is an occasion of great fun especially in the major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Unfortunatley the 2020 Songkran water fesitval has been…

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Khmer New Year 2020, Cambodia

April 14 - April 16
Cambodia Cambodia
Khmer New Year Trot Dance with Kangcha, photo: Lyheng

With Cambodia’s humidity peaking in April, the refreshing water fights that mark Khmer New Year are a welcome reprieve from the suffocating heat. Here’s how to celebrate Cambodian new year.…

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The Pride of the Americas, Florida, USA, 2020

April 21 - April 26
Fort Lauderdale Greater Fort Lauderdale,FLUnited States + Google Map
Pride of the Americas

With many beach events, music and a parade, the Pride of the Americas will be turning Fort Lauderdale into one big party. ORGANISERS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT PRIDE OF THE AMERICAS…

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May 2020

Romerias de Mayo, Holguin, Cuba, 2020

May 3 - May 8
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Romerias de Mayo

A traditional religious parade Romerias de Mayo has added modern touches, with more than 45 artists from Mexico, Canada, France and, of course, Cuba. Six days of colourful parades and…

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Rocket Festival Thailand (Bun Bang Fai) 2020

May 8 - May 10
Isaan region Thailand
Rocket Festival Thailand

Home-made rockets roaring into the skies, dirty humour, cross-dressing parades, mud fests and lots of rice wine – the centuries-old Rocket Festival Thailand, or Bun Bang Fai...

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Bury St Edmunds Festival 2020, Suffolk

May 14 - May 24
Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, + Google Map
Bones Apart Bury St Edmunds Festival

Tony Christie, Dead Bones and Jenni Murray will appear at the 35th Bury St Edmunds Festival from 14 to 24 May, 2020. Currently (22 March) the Bury St Edmunds Festival…

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Chelsea Flower Show 2020, London, UK

May 19 - May 23
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road
London,SW3 4SRUnited Kingdom
Chelsea Flower Show

The environment and sustainability are the focus for the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show as this famous Royal Horticultural Society event shows that it moves with the times. UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO…

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Vivid Sydney 2020, New South Wales

May 22 - June 13
Sydney Harbour Sydney,New South WalesAustralia + Google Map
Vivid Sydney

VIVID SYDNEY 2020 IS CANCELLED Regarded as the biggest light, music and ideas festival in the South, Vivid Sydney will light up the city's opera house and surrounding harbour area…

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June 2020

The Dancing Devils of Yare, Venezuela

June 11
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 11 June. Every…

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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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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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Feria de las Flores 2019, Medellin Colombia

July 31 - August 9
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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