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March 2019

New Orleans Mardi Gras 2019

March 5
New Orleans New Orleans,LAUnited States + Google Map
New Orleans Mardi Gras

New Orleans Mardi Gras or ‘Fat Tuesday’ is one of the biggest parties in the USA and very distinct from the Rio Carnival or the Trinidad Carnival, Port of Spain. Processions and floats pass by, organised by krewes, many of which have been around for decades and have intriguing names like Bacchus, Endymion, or the Knights of Chaos. These floats may be visually stunning, or be aimed to make you laugh, or to satirise some human failing. They parade in…

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Olney Pancake Race 2019

March 5 @ 11:55 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Olney Olney,BuckinghamshireUnited Kingdom

While people around the UK are celebrating the approach of Lent by tossing pancakes in the warmth of their own kitchen, the gentlefolk of one Buckinghamshire town take to the streets for the Olney Pancake Race. History of the Olney Pancake Race Dating back to 932 and mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, the town of Olney was originally not only famous for its lace-making but its annual pancake race, which has been run in the town since 1445…

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Camel Festival (Temeenii Bayar) Mongolia 2019

March 6 - March 7
Gobi Desert Dalanzadgad,South GobiMongolia + Google Map
Camel Festival Mongolia

During the Camel Festival, held in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, nomadic herders show off their skills during the biggest camel race in the world, alongside cultural activities involving colourful costumes and camel products…

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Frozen Dead Guy Days, Colorado, USA

March 8 - March 10
Guercio Park Town Square parking lot, and 1st Street Nederland,COUnited States + Google Map

Over the first full weekend in March, Nederland in Colorado hosts one of the quirkiest festivals in the US, if not the world. Frozen Dead Guy Days features frozen festivities with dozens of live bands and such offbeat icy escapades as polar plunging in fancy dress costume and ice turkey bowling. Bredo Morstol and the Origins of Frozen Dead Guy Days Marking its 18th incarnation in 2019, Frozen Dead Guy Days promises to be something of an ice-cool spectacle. Almost certainly…

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Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season 2019

March 18 - April 22
All over Japan
Cherry Blossom Japan

The Cherry Blossom or sakura is one of Japan’s top highlights every year when locals and visitors gather to admire the stunning, blooming cherry trees in parks and streets. The entire 3,000-km-long country turns topsy-turvy with lots of hanami or flower viewing picnics taking place underneath the spectacular cherry trees. This explosion of colour is a true national treasure in the country and is the pride of every Japanese. The red and white flowers during the famous Cherry Blossom come…

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Holi Festival 2019 India

March 20 - March 21
Holi Festival

Holi Festival 2019 is a riotous two-day Hindu celebration where crowds douse each other with colour and water – and is probably India’s most vibrant and fun festival.  Holi sees family, friends and strangers come together to dance, laugh and feast, celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of the spring harvest season. Most often associated with getting drenched in water and throwing coloured powders or gulal at one another, Holi Festival actually consists of two parts:…

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Persian New Year (Nowruz Festival) 2019

March 21
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. Nowruz literally means “new day” and remains an important festival in countries with ancient Persian cultures in many parts of the world. Persian New Year occurs yearly on the vernal equinox, the first day of spring when the centre of the sun is positioned directly above the equator, and day and night are equally long.…

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National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC

March 23 - April 13
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, looking like canopies of snowflakes, an event the US capital celebrates with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. They are mainly Yoshino cherries and are grown in three different parks in DC, located around the Tidal Basin, the East Potomac Park and the Washington Monument. There are 3,750 cherry trees in the Tidal Basin…

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April 2019

Kanamara Matsuri, Japan Penis Festival, 2019

April 7
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 pay tribute to fertility in an age-old ritual, amidst thousands of phalluses of all sizes, shapes and colours. Kanamari Matsuri means Festival of the Steel Phallus and is becoming more and more popular every year amongst Japanese and foreigners alike, to whom it is more commonly known as the Japan Penis Festival. The modern day purpose of…

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Songkran, Thailand Water Festival, 2019

April 13 - April 15
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songkran worldwide festivals

Songkran 2019, or Thailand's water festival, is an occasion of great fun especially in the major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The whole country grinds to a halt as people are sprayed with industrial water guns or whatever comes most easily to hand. Celebrated from April 13 to 15, it's best to turn up in swimming gear and wrap your fun, money and credit cards up in plastic so as to fully participate in the festivities. Songkran Water…

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Setouchi Triennale 2019, Japan

April 26 - May 26
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 of creativity, inspiration and beauty returns for its fourth edition, transforming the Japanese region of Setouchi once again into a mecca of art. The scattering of small islands of the Seto Inland Sea, or Setouchi for short, is littered with incredible modern art and sculptures, and form one of Japan’s most cultural regions.…

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May 2019

Zurich Tanzt Dance Festival 2019

May 3 - May 5
Zurich, Wasserwerkstrasse 93
Zurich,8037Switzerland
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Zurich Tanzt

Zurich will be the home to a city-wide festival of dance in May. Held from May 3 to 5, Zurich Tanzt assembles some of the finest contemporary dancers in the Swiss city, to display their innovative dance routines and practices. Now in its seventh year, Zurich Tanzt takes place over three days with original works as well as an extensive programme of courses that everyone can join in. Headlining the contemporary dance festival last year were Delréves from Spain and…

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Faroe Islands Seafood Festival 2019

May 4
Torshavn Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands Seafood Festival returns to Tórshavn on May 4. Over 8,000 people attended the event in its third year in 2017. A vast array of different seafood is served, such as lobster, mackerel, shrimp and porbeagle, to name only a few. The best bit? It’s all free of charge. People have the opportunity to choose their own seafood and grill their own food, or try the splendid fish soup, prepared and served by seafood chef Birgir Enni, owner…

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Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2019

May 4 - May 19
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The 21st Isle of Wight Walking Festival will take place from 4 to 18 May. Walkers of all abilities can join in the two weeks. With more than half of the Isle of Wight designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths and 60 miles of coastline, the island is noted for its great walking.  History of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival The first festival was held in 1999, consisting of 39 walks with…

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Cheung Chau Bun Festival, 2019

May 9 - May 13
Pak Tai temple, Pak She StreetCheung ChauHong Kong + Google Map
Cheung Chau Bun Hong Kong

If you love eating Chinese buns, then the Cheung Chau Bun Festival could be right up your alley. Held annually on the island of Cheng Chau in Hong Kong, the festival attracts tens of thousands of local and overseas tourists to join the island’s 25,000 inhabitants, making it one of the most important cultural events in Hong Kong. What is the Cheung Chau Bun Festival in Hong Kong? Believed to have grown out of Taoist rituals celebrating the end of…

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Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2019

May 17 - May 18
Hua Hin Hua Hin,Thailand + Google Map
Hua Hin International Jazz Festival

It could hardly get any better when you combine a seaside beach and Thai food with world-class live jazz. The Thai royal seaside resort of Hua Hin, a three-hour drive from Bangkok, will once again host the annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival. The following information and festival dates will be updated when details of the Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2019 are released. The line-up of international and local jazz artists this year will ensure that the 2019 edition will be…

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Alresford Watercress Festival 2019

May 19
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
alesford watercress festival

If you are a fan of cress then Hampshire is the place to head for this May. Held on 19 May, the 2019 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand visitors flocking to New Alresford, dubbed the 'capital of watercress'. For the 15th year, the town centre will transform into a giant street festival with local fare available from the more than 80 food stalls, including members of the Hampshire Farmers' Markets and other local producers, creating a fresh market showcasing…

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Barbados Celtic Festival 2019

May 21 - May 26
Bridgetown, Barbados Bridgetown,Barbados + Google Map
Barbados Celtic Festival

The Caribbean island of Barbados is to host the Barbados Celtic Festival, one of its most spectacular festivals and one of the foremost Celtic festivals globally, from 21 to 26 May, in Bridgetown.  (Details of the 2019 Barbados Celtic Festival will be printed below when announced) A three-day fun-packed event of entertainment, folk music and food, The Barbados Celtic Festival  features talent from Ireland, Scotland and Barbados. Hamish Stuart and Molly Duncan from the Original Average White Band headline the festival…

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Malton Food Festival 2019, Yorkshire

May 25 - May 26
Malton YorkshireYO17United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Malton Food Festival

One of Yorkshire's premier local food festivals will occur in the town of Malton on May 25 and 26, 2019. Celebrating its eleventh anniversary the Malton Food Festival 2019 (or Malton Food Lovers Festival to give its full title) will attract tens of thousands of foodies from across the county and elsewhere in the UK. This year's festival will feature four of the county's Michelin star chefs - Tommy Banks, owner of the Black Swan in Oldstead, Andrew Pern, of…

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June 2019

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2019

June 7
Hong Kong Harbourfront Arena Hong Kong,China + Google Map
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

One of the most dramatic festivals in Asia, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival celebrates when some 2,000 years ago Qu Yuan, a Chinese official, threw himself into the Mi Lo River in protest against corrupt rulers. Then locals rowed their boats in a rush to save him. Others beat drums and gongs in an effort to scare away the fish that might eat the hapless official. They were unsuccessful however, and afterwards they threw offerings of glutinous rice dumplings or…

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