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Festival of the Sun, Peru

Inti Raymi is an ancient Incan festival celebrated in honor of the Sun God, Inti. Held on the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the festival involves elaborate ceremonies, processions,…

Festival of Giants, France

During the first weekend in July, the north of France celebrates Fêtes de Gayant (Festival of Giants). Most northern cities have a patron giant that is said to protect the…

Tanabata (Star Festival)

Tanabata, also known as the "Star Festival," is celebrated every year on July 7 in Japan. Read more.

Naadam Festival

Naadam is a traditional festival marking Mongolia's independence from China. The 3-day holiday blends traditional arts and sports with competitions in wrestling, horse racing, and archery.


Pflasterspektakel (pavement spectacle), held in Linz, Austria is an annual street art festival. Musical acts, juggling, acrobatics, pantomime, theatrics, and fire dancing are just some of the performances that make…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Scotland's capital hosts the largest performing arts festival in the world.  Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place annually in the month of August and is open to anyone, with any type…

Kanto Matsuri, Japan

The Kanto Festival is an annual event held every year in Akita City, Japan. Eight-meter tall bamboo poles decorated with hanging lanterns are balanced by performers on their foreheads or…

Double Seventh Festival

The Double Seventh Festival, or Qixi Festival, is similar to Valentine's Day in China. It falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.

Spicemas Festival, Grenada

Grenada (known as the "Spice Island" for its tremendous production of nutmeg) hosts its annual carnival called the Spicemas Festival.

Obon Festival, Japan

Obon or Bon is a traditional Japanese Buddhist festival to honor the spirits of ancestors. It is believed that their spirits return to visit during this time, so families visit…