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41 travel features tagged “Festivals”

The ancient Spanish ritual of baby jumping

A centuries-old tradition held each June in the small town of Castrillo de Murcia involves jumping over mattresses of baptised infants to cleanse their original sin.
18 June 2013

Worldwide Weird

In Ohio, duct tape designs take centre stage

Known as the “duct tape capital of the world” due to its Duck-brand duct tape factory, the town of Avon celebrates the fix-anything adhesive in an annual festival.
Read more… 18 June 2013

Tribal horse racing in Shangri-La

Lonely Planet writer Shawn Low heads to the remote region of Yunnan, China, to observe an electric summer tradition that is part skill and part colourful showmanship.
10 June 2013

The Passport blog

Celebrate the Acropolis’ extraordinary past

Through 31 August, explore the epic myths and tragic history behind the 2,500-year-old Acropolis at Athens’ Hellenic Festival.
Read more… 06 June 2013

Worldwide Weird

Toilets take to the streets in annual US outhouse races

Many frontier cities in the United States still hold an affection for the wooden throne, paying it a special kind of homage each year when teams compete in their own portable potties.
Read more… 06 June 2013

On the road: Nachi Fire Festival, Japan

One of the country’s most spiritual festivals, the centuries-old cleansing ritual held each July uses fire to symbolise the burning away of sins and mistakes from the past year.
29 May 2013


A kaleidoscope of light, music and ideas in Sydney

Starting 24 May, Australia’s largest city will transform into a canvas of art, tunes and colour for the 18-day creative arts festival Vivid Sydney.
Read more… 23 May 2013


Berlin’s Carnival of Cultures

Inspired by London’s and Rio de Janeiro’s famous annual parties, Berlin’s Karneval der Kulturen brings the city streets to life in a four-day blaze of colour and music.
Read more… 16 May 2013

On the road: Kanda Festival, Japan

Ancient Tokyo is brought back to life as traditionally costumed locals parade through the city’s historic landmarks with elaborate floats and portable shrines.
15 May 2013


Hong Kong’s French tour de force

Until 23 June, Le French May arts festival brings music, theatre, film, cabaret, fashion and food to the city, all served up with a Gallic twist.
Read more… 07 May 2013

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