Sunday, 30 October 2016
Saturday, 29 October 2016
New Year's Eve Copenhage
Even though new year celebrations are held around the city of Copenhagen, tourists should make their way to Amalienborg Square. Thousands of locals and visitors gather here for the fireworks displays and a fascinating party atmosphere in full swing. The Royal Guard Parade is held in front of the square, providing insight into the Danish monarchy.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Bhutanese Epic Group Tour)
Monday, 24 October 2016
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Olojo festival is a three-day event.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Friday, 14 October 2016
calendar in February is Mawlid an-Nabi, which celebrates the day the Prophet Mohammed was born. This is one of the few Islamic celebrations in which travelers can partake as the festivities are taken out of the home and into the streets. Stalls with food and sweets line the streets and locals dance and sing until late into the night. The atmosphere is electric and the day is undoubtedly enjoyed by all.
is characterized by displays of music, dance, and all-round festiveness.
why Eid al-Fitr, a holiday celebrating the end of the holy month Ramadan and the end of the fasting period, is a big deal.
Celebrations are held all over the
country in August, with mass
ceremonies taking place in mosques everywhere. The main events on the day are largely family-based, with families gathering for a veritable feast,
the exchange of gifts, and a look back at the month and what it meant in their lives.
Islamic faith. So strongly that believers around Sudan slaughter sheep and hold great feasts with family and friends. The festival usually lasts for two to three
days, during which time there are
several trips to the mosque.
social rankings, who dance and hug in the street. This part of the festival is called Hadra. The festival-goers sing along to traditional hymns and songs –
called qasaids - and hold a large parade that passes through many culturally significant landmarks. For travelers, this really is one of the most spiritually uplifting and most inspiring traditions to witness in the region.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
and music. In addition, the state holds a major jazz festival, the Montserrat Caballe Singing Contest focused on opera, classical music concerts, and other similar events. Most festivals take place between May and October when getting around the country is easiest
with nicer weather. Festivals are
popular with visitors and focus on
snow, food, and much more.
Andorran residents and tourists alike in May, and brings together female clowns from several countries around the world
including the USA, as well as audiences from many regions.
August, this traditional and much-loved event is celebrated in the capital city for three days. Other towns including Canillo, Ordino, and Encamp also celebrate their own village festivals in summer.
festivals, Our Lady of Meitxell Day was first held in 1873. The event honors the state's patron saint with its focus on a replica of the Chapel of Meritxell's sanctuary. People arrive from all over the principality on September 8 and a mass attended by prominent politicians
and priests is held in the chapel. All
businesses and shops are closed, and a torch procession, dancing in the streets, music, parties, and concerts are part of the celebrations.
October in Val d'Ordino is named after the famous guitarist. International orchestras and musicians alike arrive to
perform, and it's a popular attraction for the classically-inclined.
calendar, the International Jazz Festival takes place in Escaldes-Engordany and has featured jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Fats Domino. Hugely popular,
the entire town joins in the celebration, both on and off the street.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
related to Islamic beliefs are widely
observed. Côte d'Ivoire Holidays also include celebrating different pieces of history, many of which are
characterized by festive parades and colorful performances.
and continues until late afternoon the following day.
celebrated on August 7 each year to
commemorate the country's liberation from France. The event is marked by all kinds of cultural activities, lively performances, parades, and other festivities.
costumes and masks. The celebration is held in the northern region in the town of Man.
celebrated by local Christians with all-night church services that start on Christmas Eve (December 24) and end at 6:00 a.m. During worship, you can expect singing, group dancing, poetry recitation, skits, testimonies, prayers,
and a sermon. Ivoirian Christians do not exchange gifts on Christmas, they wait until the new year to signal good prosperity.
Ramadan and the post-Ramadan feast known as Eid al-Fitr. Tabaski, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, is observed by religious families. The event dates vary according to the lunar calendar.
Monday, 10 October 2016
are stunning showcases of Senegalese music and art. The Senegalese ring in every New Year by drumming and celebrating at the Abéné Festivalo and wind down each year with the Les Blues
du Fleuve acoustic blues concert series. Contemporary artists from across Africa seize the opportunity to display their talents at the Dak'art Biennale, held only once every two years.
and percussion players may be the
festival's main event, but visitors can also enjoy nightly dancing and
traditional Senegalese wrestling
matches. This celebration of
Casamance culture attracts performers and visitors from across West Africa and even as far as Europe.
part of the short-lived Federation of
Mali. Schools are closed for two weeks and most Senegalese spend this national holiday visiting family and friends. Drill teams and color guards from Senegal's military and police forces march down Dakar's streets during Senegal's largest Independence Day parades.
across St Louis. However, Senegal
River cruises may be the most romantic ways to enjoy these unforgettable musical performances.
world. However, the focus is on African choreographic expression,
entertainment, and education.
descendants of the slaves forced to
leave Africa from Gorée Island.
Conferences and meetings filled with debates and discussions are held alongside lively dancing and musical performances. Many performers and visitors of African descent have rediscovered their roots at this emotional festival held between November and December each year.
Dakar production trainees. Today,
filmmakers from across Senegal can have their productions screened at restaurants, museums, and other centers of culture throughout Dakar. Many Dakar institutions mount special
screens during the festival.
Sunday, 9 October 2016
liberation from colonial Europe. It is
observed in other countries like the UK, US, Tanzania, Spain, Kenya, and Ghana. There are plenty of street marches, school lectures and artistic rallies.
Ramadan (Eid-al-Fitr) is celebrated
with prayer, festivals and food.
Saturday, 8 October 2016
festivals celebrated throughout the year in different parts of the country reflects this diverse mix of African traditions. For example, Gbagba, which celebrates traditional African agricultural values, is one of the largest Togo holidays. Voodoo is also followed in Togo, an aspect which is reflected by the annual
of Knives" and is a show of might dating back to the days of Semassi warriors; the final day is called 'Kosso' and is when women come to celebrate the role of warriors.
festival of initiation for young ladies is held in Kabye land. Locals dress in traditional costume and there are
several dancing ceremonies.
region, this multi-day festival has three purposes: firstly, to worship the animist deities; secondly, to signal the end of the farming cycle with the harvest; and thirdly, to celebrate the beginning of the
rest period. There are many songs and dances performed, all with an
undercurrent of traditional African
which predicts fortunes of the coming year. Blue indicates abundant harvests, red means it will be a year of war, black
means famine and floods, while white means the year will be blessed with luck. The festival is held 30 miles from Lome and is a time of year which many families use to reunite.
Thursday, 6 October 2016
The Benin holiday called Voodoo Day happens countrywide in January and is quite the sight, while the Quintessence Film Festival in Ouidah in the same month is a hit with cinema-lovers.
the world to celebrate the unique and often misunderstood Voodoo religion. There are several ceremonies, the most
controversial of which is the sacrifice where a priest rips a chicken's neck off with his teeth. While not for the squeamish, this is quite something quite unique to witness in Benin.
which the organizers are especially
between March and May, Gelede is a festival which honors mothers in the community and to pay respect to their female elders. One of the more vibrant festivals in Benin, choreographed dances, singing, music, and drumming are loved by all. The men don large masks and walk around to amuse the women. The city of Cové is especially
known for its public displays during the period.
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
influenced by the country's strong
Catholic beliefs with traditional, religious celebrations still a major part of the Luxembourg holiday calendar. Music and film festivals are also common throughout the year, and Discovery Zone and the Summer in the City are popular with both locals and tourists.
February 2 young children go door to door singing the song of St Blasius, usually carrying a liichtebengelcher (a wooden rod tipped with a small light).
Although the custom began as the poor begging for food, kids are greeted with candy or money.
Tuesday, burning the Buerg is another traditional Luxembourgish custom which has been maintained over the years. The Buerg is a huge bonfire, comprising hay, logs, and brushwood topped with a crucifix.
community event, complete with tasty servings of mulled wine and barbecued meats.
pilgrimage to Luxembourg Cathedral, dating back to 1666. Over the final two weeks of April, people from all over Luxembourg and regions of Belgium and
Germany flock to the capital to honor a wooden statue of the country's patron saint, St Maria. As the fortnight celebration comes to a close, a procession is held through the streets with the statue.
the local wine makers and gearing up for the summer months.
long festival held in March is expected to keep attracting more people and garner more prestige.
celebrates the rich past of this charming nation. The holiday was officially created in the 19th century on the Dutch king's birthday; however, upon independence, the event was moved to June 23 by Grand Duchess Charlotte to
take advantage of the good weather. The festival traditionally begins with a torch-lit parade past the royal palace in Luxembourg City followed by an impressive fireworks display. The city then transforms into a huge street party with food stalls, bands, and many other
forms of jovial entertainment.
been running for more 15 years and
encompasses a wide-ranging collection of events and concerts. Starting in June and running until September, the festivities are free and include open-air art exhibitions, music festivals, and street performances. Each year around 1.5 million visitors experience the exhilarating and diverse events from the Blues'n Jazz Rallye to
The closing night also symbolizes the end of summer and is celebrated with an extravagant fireworks display.
handicrafts, sumptuous winter foods like pancakes and soups, and Christmas decorations in squares around the city. This is a brilliant time to visit Luxembourg and immerse yourself in the fun and festivities.
Monday, 3 October 2016
Most El Salvador Holidays and Festivals are religious in nature and take place in the summer, which is during wet season, though it rarely rains all the time. Easter is held in high esteem and main cities make a big deal out of honoring their patron saint. San Salvador has the biggest events, including the August Festival and Independence Day.
This important El Salvador Tradition is a religious festival known as Semana Santa in the Spanish-speaking world and features a carnival-like atmosphere
across Latin America. Best experienced in San Salvador with street parades and performance art, the week-long event is usually held in late March through Easter Sunday.
The Panchimalco Flower and Palm
Festival in May is a good time to take in local culture. Admire beautiful floral arrangements and garlands displayed throughout the towns, villages and beach resorts nationwide. Accompanying the event is music and traditional dress.
The best time to be in Santa Ana—
though perhaps not if you want peace and quiet—is Fiesta Julias which runs through the month of July. There are street parades, masses and cultural
events galore in this most colonial of Salvadoran cities. There are also
fairground rides and clowns for the kids.
Of all El Salvador Holidays, Fiestas
Agostinas, in early August is one of the most popular ones. Held in the capital of San Salvador, a marching band wakes the city up at 4:00 a.m., after which parades, sports, food, and art exhibitions take place.
Balls of Fire Festival
This fun, fiery event in late August is held in Nejapa—just north of San
Salvador—and sees fire-throwers with elaborately painted faces on the streets and a general appearance of anarchy.
September 15 marks El Salvador's
independence from Spain in 1821 with flag-waving, parades and fireworks on the beaches, in the cities and mountain towns. The biggest national day celebrations take place in San Salvador.
San Miguel Carnival
November in San Miguel is party time, with beautiful dancing girls and parades to honor the San Miguel patron saint. Bands from the region play reggae, samba and funky, local merengue on the streets.
*culled from www.iexplore.com
Saturday, 1 October 2016
There are several Azerbaijan holidays and events throughout the year. The busiest month is May, largely because of Baku's many food festivals and jazz concerts. A majority of the locals are Muslims so Ramadan (also called Ramazan) is one of the most important and highly anticipated celebrations in
the country. There are also plenty of
national days honoring important
historical events during the struggle for independence.
Known as the 'Day of Sacrifice' or
'Qurban,' Gurban Bayram celebrates the end of the Haji pilgrimage and Abraham's sacrifice for God. A camel or goat is sacrificed to remember Abraham, who slaughtered a ram instead of his own son.
Ramazan Bayram (Ramadan) is
internationally known as 'Eid Ul Fitr,' which sees an entire month of fasting, ending on the day of the full moon. Sweets and gifts are exchanged between Azerbaijan family members and friends. The two-day celebration is lively and interesting with people flocking to the mosques to pray. They greet each other with 'Eid-Mubarak,'
which means 'May you enjoy a blessed festival.'
The New Year of the Zoroastrian,
Novruz Bayram is considered a public holiday in Azerbaijan. Traditionally, a novruz table is adorned with candles, colored eggs, dry fruits, and sweets. Foods that start with the letter 's' (such as sumakh, sir, sabzi, sib, serkeh, and
sonbol) are served. The center of the table is never without a bowl of goldfish because it is believed that when the New Year comes, the goldfish will face north.
Held every May 9, Victory's Day is
celebrated to honor the Soviet
Republic's triumph over Germany in
WWII. It is also to show respect for the veterans who died in battle.
International Women's Day
Held annually on March 8th, a global celebration honors women throughout the world, of which Azerbaijan takes part. There are presentations and films about women's issues, empowerment
A public holiday on May 28, Republic Day remembers the formation of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan in
International Baku Jazz
Azerbaijanis love jazz, and every year, Bazu plays host to various concerts put together by musicians and bands from different countries. Jazz artists fro Georgia, Israel, USA, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Canada come to perform.
Day of National Salvation of
June 15 is a state holiday celebrating Heydar Aliyev's return as the country's leader. Known for leading his people to significant social and economic changes, he ultimately improved the quality of life in Azerbaijan and brought
stability to the nation.
*culled from www.iexplore.com