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Festivals and cultural events are to travel what herbs and spices are to cooking: without them, the entire experience is much less exciting and satisfying. The web has brought world culture within our reach, and there are many websites that not only list festivals and events abroad, but also provide in-depth cultural background information to help travelers gain an understanding of local traditions, beliefs and values that underlie these celebrations.

Below we have listed selected descriptive guides and articles from, as well as our favorite websites for providing information about festivals and cultural events worldwide. —Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl

 Featured Articles on Festivals and Festival Travel Abroad
Living Festivals Living Festivals: How to Get Into the Local Spirit by Jim Kane
How to participate in local festivals as a sensitive observer in order to get into the local spirit, build friendships, and express respect for the people and the culture being visited.
Chad Wodaabe Festival Annual Festival of the Wodaabe in Chad by Senior Contributing Editor Lies Ouwerkerk
A richly illustrated story about rarely seen courtship rituals and beauty contests.
White-water rafting in Andorra China’s Best-Kept Secret: Festivals in Guizhou Province by Lies Ouwerkerk
The ethnic minority festivals in the Guizhou Province of China are a spectacular experience, in a beautiful land, with great hosts. This highly illustrated article bursts with color and life.
Sicily festival Connecting to Culture through Community Events: Sicilian Sagre by Amy E. Robertson
Colorful and sacred festivals in Sicily offer a direct way to connect to the community and share an experience with the local culture.
The Paro Festival in Bhutan Bhutan’s Paro Tshechu Festival
An Expression of Gross National Happiness in the Land of the Thunder Dragon
by Lies Ouwerkerk
Lies takes you inside a sacred festival in the “world’s last Shangri-la," as Bhutan often has been dubbed, and provides an in-depth and illustrated explanation of the colorful dances and rituals.
Khumb Mela Religious Festival Kumbh Mela: The Largest Religious Gathering in India and on Earth by David Joshua Jennings
Nothing can quite prepare you the Kumbh Mela, the planet’s biggest religious gathering. It is a time when millions of Hindu pilgrims come together to bathe ceremoniously in India’s holiest rivers.
Christmas in Switzerland A Swiss Christmas Market and Regional Holiday Festival in Montreux by Sonja Holverson
An illustrated view of an elaborate Swiss Festival in the Montreux region, finalizing with a climb to Santa Claus' alpine house
Christmas abroad 9 Ways to Spend a Traditional Christmas Abroad by Jonathon Engels
Every culture and subculture celebrates sacred events differently. Christmas is no different, and the author explores 9 very different ways he has experienced the event. He concludes that there is a great inherent desire for people around the world to share sacred days and communal events.
The Semana Santa Easter Festival in Antigua, Guatemala
Festival on the Niger: Africa's Most Exciting Celebration Of Tribal Traditions And Cultures
The Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
A Summer Solstice Festival in Saint Joan, Menorca, Spain
Valencia Welcomes You to the Fallas Festival: Celebrate the Rebirth of Spring in Spain
The Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany: More Than Just a Beer
Festivals in Salzburg: A City for Music Aficionados
Austrian Music Festivals Recall a Long Heritage
Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico
Carnival in the Dominican Republic: How to Quitar la Mala Suerte (Get Rid of Bad Luck)


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