With Chinese New Year on the horizon, most people are aware of the celebrations surrounding the celebration – fireworks, decorations and red letter gifts. Given China's size, history and culture however, there are all sorts of local traditions that go beyond the national festivities.
Taking place over the 27th and 28th of January (although the celebrations stretch between late January and early February), here are some of the country's most fascinating Spring Festival celebrations.
Beijing temple fairs
Traditional Beijing New Year's parties take place in the capital's many parks, palaces and temple complexes. At these cherished places, thousands gather to enjoy folk music, magic acts ...
Located right on the coast of Kenya is the island of Lamu, a pretty island that is home to one of the most ancient, perfectly preserved Swahili settlements in the entire East African region.
700 years old, Lamu Old Town is the product of a history marked by international trade, and throughout the centuries Swahili, Arab, Indian, Persian and European traders have all visited the city, putting their particular cultural and architectural style on the winding avenues and clustered districts that make up the town. Around every corner is another interesting structure, the majority of which are still in use.
For visitors wanting to experience the best the city has to offer, every year the town ...
Usually taking place in the shorter months, the world's many festivals of light are a beautiful way to celebrate brightness and bring a little warmth into revellers' hearts. These goals are just as important in Thailand's Yi Peng Festival, which takes place in Chiang Mai on the second month of the Lanna calendar. In 2016 it will occur between the 14th and 15th of November.
A feast of light and warmth, this special event has a lot to offer visitors – here is why you should attend.
The Yi Peng Festival is almost exclusively a northern Thai event, taking place within the historic Lanna Kingdom that existed between the late 13th century and 1557. The capital of this ...
Although its origins can be traced back to Roman times, May Day celebrations have a distinct and traditional feeling wherever they are being held.
Taking place on the first day of May, every year millions of people enjoy celebrating May Day, spending time unwinding with their friends and family as they are given an extra day off work. But just how did May Day come into being? And how do people choose to celebrate it?
Origins and Interpretations
From exchanging gifts in Italy to singing songs in Spain, it is rare that you will find two countries that celebrate May Day in the same manner – one of the main reasons why May Day is so special. With several nations across the northern ...
When discussing the social trends, ties and activities that link the world together, it would be wrong to ignore the significance of beer. From China to South Africa, Chile to Croatia, beer consumption is a common feature – and that, for many countries, is a cause for celebration.
Throughout the world, beer festivals have a habit of popping up left, right and centre - and that is a good thing! By offering both a range of independent ales and international brands, beer enthusiasts are presented with a great opportunity to sample a bounty of beautiful beers throughout the year. To get involved, all you need to do is make sure you pick the right festival to suit you and your taste!
While some travellers prefer to just dip their toes in a country's culture, others prefer to dive in head first – and for these people, nothing presents a greater opportunity to immerse themselves than that of a festival.
Across the globe this February, there is an entire world of festivals taking place. And as various nations celebrate their unique traditions in a multitude of ways, there has never been a better time to see the world through the eyes of another culture.
Looking to enjoy one of the last great Pagan celebrations and fill up on delicious Russian pancakes at the same time? It is probably worth heading to Moscow this February and enjoying this year's Maslenitsa ...
Celebrated by around 1.6 billion people across the world each year, Chinese New Year is one of the most electric, exhilarating annual festivals on Earth. It is a time when Chinese families come together and enjoy spending time with one another, exchanging gifts, feasting, and having a well-earned moment of relaxation.
Interesting, vibrant and warming, Chinese New Year and the accompanying Spring Festival together make up one the world's most exciting festive periods, and for good reason. Taking place on the 8th of February, what can visitors to China expect from the ancient nation's most famous celebration?
A legendary festival
According to Chinese myth, the New Year celebrations were ...
From fireworks and champagne to all-night parties, bringing in the New Year is something that we do brilliantly across the globe. Over the years, traditions have evolved, but one thing remains constant - New Year's Eve is always a celebration that we look back on throughout the year!
More so than any other festivity on the calendar, New Year's Eve can be a glamorous affair - so why not step a little further afield for your future celebrations? Here, we have compiled the top five New Year's Eve destinations that you might not have considered…yet!
If you are searching for extravagance, you will find it in abundance in Dubai. Known for record-breaking fireworks displays amid its ...
The celebration of Thanksgiving can be a little confusing to those of us who are not American. From the origins of the tradition, to how it is celebrated today, here, we have tried to answer some of those burning Thanksgiving questions, in the hopes that perhaps you could embrace this autumn festival for yourself. Roll on the 26th November!
When the first Pilgrims arrived at Cape Cod, things did not initially go to plan. They spent the first bitter winter on the Mayflower, and suffered many losses. When spring arrived and they moved ashore, the Pilgrims were met by an Abenaki tribesman who taught the Pilgrims how to farm the land. In the autumn of 1621, and the crops that ...
Dressing up in costume, decorating your house with pumpkins and cobwebs, and going trick-or-treating with your family is certainly not everyone's idea of fun. For many, Halloween is a tradition that they would rather escape from each year - not because of the day itself, but because of all the fuss that comes with it.
If you fall into this category, firstly know that you are not alone! More families than you think are eager to avoid the Halloween traditions. Secondly, why not consider taking yourselves away for October 31st in the future? After all, we know just the places you could visit that stay on theme, but in a less-conventional way…
There are few people who don't ...