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Songkran Festival 2014

Water Fight

The Songkran Festival in Thailand is celebrated as the country’s traditional New Year’s Day. To the Thais, Songkran is one of the happiest and most anticipated holidays of the year. The festival has been celebrated in the country for centuries, but is believed to be adapted from a holiday in …

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Festival of Colors: Holi 2014

Holi - Festival of Colours (Photo by TANAKA Juuyoh)

Holi is a religious festival strongly observed by India and Nepal. Countries with a diaspora of Hindus also celebrate Holi, particularly Malaysia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, United Kingdom and Mauritius. Holi has a particularly strong significance for the people in the Braj (Uttar Pradesh) region in …

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Christmas 2013: A True International Holiday

Christmas Blooms in Singapore (Photo by summer photo hobby)

Christmas is one of the world’s most recognizable and celebrated holidays. Countries and cultures all over the world prepare for this time of the year and celebrate with much pomp and revelry. It is one of the holidays which have both religious and secular roots. Every year, Christmas falls on …

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Boryeong Mud Festival 2013

In most parts of the world, summer means beach. White beach. And blue waters. But in Boryeong, 200 kilometers south of Seoul, summer means mud, the biggest mud festival there ever is in Asia. Mud madness this year starts on July 19 and concludes on July 28. It’s a Mud …

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Thanksgiving 2013: Coming Together in Gratitude

Thanksgiving feast

Throughout different countries and cultures, people come together to give thanks for the blessings that they have received. One of the most common reasons for such gatherings is to give thanks for a bountiful harvest season. It is observed in many European and Asian countries whose main livelihood is by …

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WOMAD Festival 2013

WOMAD Festival, Charloton Park, Wiltshire.

The World of Music, Arts and Dance is a spectacular universe unto itself. Dancers, musicians, instrumentalists, storytellers, thespians, fire-eaters, jugglers, sitar players, and even bit performers, all find a home – and a large audience – in WOMAD. Anything that is the expression of the spirit and manifested in tunes, …

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Makha Bucha Day 2016

Candle Light Procession in Bangkok (Photo by Taiger808)

Makha Bucha is one of the most important religious festivals celebrated in Thailand, and is done to venerate the teachings of Buddha. In 2016, Thailand will celebrate this public holiday on the 22nd of February which falls on the full moon day of the third month in the lunar calendar. …

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