Saint Patrick's Day, taking place on March 17, is one of the most famous Irish events around, but looking past the green hats and pints of Guinness, what is the history of the occasion and how is it celebrated across the world?
A patron saint
Most people know that Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but there is lots more to the figure than you might realise. According to his works, he was the son of two Roman citizens living in Roman Wales or Scotland in the fourth century BC, who travelled to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Celtic pagans – the metaphorical snakes that the saint 'chased' from the country.
Saint Patrick is also supposedly behind the shamrock being the ...
With no threat of experiencing typhoons, warm temperatures and lots sunshine, February is a perfect time to visit a Southeast Asian destination. In recent decades, nations such as Thailand, India, the Philippines and Myanmar have become very popular with tourists. However, if you are a particularly adventurous traveller there are a range of wonderful places to visit that are still very much off the beaten track.
There are many places in India suited to getting away from it all. Take Majuli in the state of Assam. Here on the world's largest inhabited river island, you can enjoy life in a lush wonderland, riding bicycles and viewing monasteries by day and enjoying delicious local ...
Throughout the ages, spring has been seen as a time of renewal, new life and energy - the perfect contrast to the cold winter. It is because of this that cultures all across the world have, over time, attached all sorts of traditions to spring, read on to find out some of our favourites.
Celebrated by Hindus, Holi (also known as the Festival of Colour) takes place at the end of winter each year – in 2017 it falls on March 12th. Across the world, but particularly in India and Nepal, crowds of people come together to celebrate fertility, love and all things good.
The festival begins the night before with the event of Holika Dahan, when wood and dung are burnt on huge bonfires to ...
There are lots of travellers who adore the snowy landscapes and extreme sports that the winter brings, however there are plenty of others that want to escape the freezing temperatures with a trip to a destination full of long days, high temperatures and everything else great about summer.
Enjoying an increase in tourism following the improvement in relations with the US, the Caribbean island of Cuba has much to offer winter travellers. Alongside the lively culture, beautiful Hispanic architecture and delicious cuisine of the capital Havana, there is much to be found in the way of beaches, scuba diving hotspots and tours through the nation's leafy interior. Stay in the heart of ...
A centre of wealth, opportunity and diversity, Shenzhen perfectly encapsulates the remarkable, relentless development experienced throughout China over the past few decades. The city's towering skyscrapers, busy markets, exciting theme parks and constantly developing cultural and entertainment scene make it a great place to visit for those that want to come face to face with a bolder, more modern China that doesn't conform to the traditional image.
Home to over 10 million people from throughout China, located close to Hong Kong and a base for all kinds of industrial and commercial activities, Shenzhen has a character unlike the interior of China.
Firstly, due to the ...
One of China's cultural gems, Harbin is a brilliant choice of destination for those who revel in culture, architecture and festivities. With a mixture of truly chilly winters and warm, pleasant summers, the city is well-suited to multiple visits throughout the year, although the most notable experiences can be enjoyed when the frost arrives.
Harbin comes into its own during the winter months, when deeply dropping temperatures allow the city to host all sorts of wintry attractions, the most famous of which being the city-wide Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, held in 2017 between January 7th and late February.
During this annual event, a number of outdoor venues play host to a wide ...
There are only a tiny number of places on earth where explorers can enjoy an escape that is visited by so few people at any single time.
Covering just over 340,000 square miles, the Mongolian Steppe, otherwise referred to as the Mongolian-Manchurian Steppe, is an immense stretch of grassland that dominates the Inner Mongolian landscape.
An isolated, semi-circular expanse that is located in between the forests of Siberia and the harsh terrain of the Gobi Desert, the Mongolian Steppe is popularly depicted by lone Mongol horses and seemingly endless greenery.
The Mongolian Steppe is a barren and freezing yet beautiful landscape during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean visits to the ...
Some of the world's most beautiful places are by the lakeside, with crystal-clear waters and stunning panoramas, they make a great destination for a vacation. For guests of Kempinski Hotels there are a number of locations where these natural landscapes are close by – here are some of our favourites.
The Königssee, Germany
With calm, clear waters, lined by steep mountains that are covered in forest, the Königssee is a perfect example of a beautiful alpine lake. Only a short distance away from Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden, guests staying here can take the 20 minute drive to the edge of the lake, to enjoy a relaxed walk along the shore or a boat tour of the lake to take in the amazing ...
Situated on the slopes of the dreamy, blue Adriatic coast, the Slovenian town of Portorož has a long and admirable history of providing laid back comforts to affluent guests, and for over a century, the 'Port of Roses' has accommodated visitors from across the globe. Thinking of visiting one of the Gulf of Trieste's classic resorts? Here is everything you need to know.
The sunny seaside town has long welcomed tourists to its shores. Long ago in the 13th century, the muds and salt water baths of the town were turned into a source of income for the Benedictine monks of the Monastery of St Lawrence, who began offering the treatments to weary travellers.
As centuries passed ...
If you are looking for hot Turkish temperatures, warm turquoise shores and a calm, enjoyable atmosphere, Antalya has it all. This exceptional destination, one of the most popular places on the Turkish Riviera, offers much to travellers of all varieties. The city has ancient ruins, stylish bars, a breezy harbour and beautiful scenery – everything you need for a perfect, sunny getaway.
Despite being a city of over a million, Antalya is one of the most relaxing places on the Turkish Mediterranean. Days spent on Konyaaltı or Lara beaches, wandering through millennia-old Roman ruins, learning about ancient treasures and dining on delicious meals – it is the perfect place to ...