We travel for many reasons, and for us, we especially love experiencing the various celebrations of different cultures. Allowing us an insight that mere sightseeing will never afford, here are 5 exciting events happening next year around the world that you should definitely start saving for.
Holi Festival 2018
One of the most anticipated celebrations in the Hindu calendar, the Holi Festival is celebrated in spring and is also known as the festival of colours, thanks to the custom of throwing coloured powder at each other. The festival signifies the triumph of good over evil; the arrival of spring and the end of winter; and a day to laugh, play, forgive, forget and repair broken relationships. Lasting for a day and night (the eve of Holi is known as Holika Dahan, which gets it name from the death of Holika, a demon slayed by Vishnu), celebrations go full swing across India, with her streets are painted in a myriad of colours as both locals and travelers partake in the festivities, making for fantastic street and portraiture photography – as well as a great deal of fun
Join us next year 24 Feb – 3rd Mar as we experience Holi while traveling across some of India’s oldest and most sacred cities.
San Fermin Festival
Also known as the Running of the Bulls, the festival of San Fermin is a historically rooted, week-long celebration that is held annually in the city of Pamplona in Navarre, Spain. Held in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Naverre, perhaps the most iconic event held in this 7-day revelry of dancing and drinking is the running of the bulls. Imagine thousands of locals and tourists running in front of the bulls through the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Pamplona, while onlookers sing, dance and cheer them on! This adrenaline packed event is perhaps the most famous festivity in Spain, and ends in a dazzling display of fireworks.
Run the bulls with us next year 4th – 9th July, and capture some of Spain’s gothic landmarks as we travel from Madrid to Pamplona to Zaragoza.
Pushkar Camel Fair
The largest camel fair in the world, the Pushkar camel fair Is a livestock fair and cultural event held in November at the time of the full moon. This spectacular event attracts over 400,000 people to Rajasthan over a period of 5 days to not only buy and sell livestock, but also take part in the many competitions like the ‘longest mustache’ and tug of war, and watch folk dancers and musicians perform. An exciting camel race starts off the festival, followed by music, songs and exhibitions. Lively and colourful, the festival also draws an influx of Hindi pilgrims, who come from all over India to not only attend the fair, but also visit the nearby temples and dip in the Pushkar lake on the last day of the fair, a holy day known as Kartic Purnima.
Explore incredible India with us next year 10th – 17th November. Visit famous spots like the Amer Fort in the Pink City and spend 2 whole days immersing yourself in the fair.
The Great Migration
Certainly one of the most wondrous sights in the world, The Great Migration of Tanzania in the Serengeti National Park sees nearly 1.5 million creatures on the move, from great wildebeest to zebras to elephants. Seeking greater pastures, the herds move north, crossing the marshy, crocodile-infested Grumeti River. The park has the highest concentration of large mammals on earth, particularly for its 2,500 lions. Answer the call of the wild and head on a safari like no other as you witness this spectacular sight for yourself, while having the chance to visit the Oldupado Gorge, where hominid footprints believed to be more than 3.6 millions years old can be seen.
See stampeding wildebeests, visit the villages of traditional tribes and capture dramatic landscapes with us next year 14th – 25th July.
Waisek Day Lantern Festival
See the night sky in a new light on the Waisak Day Lantern Festival, a day that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Observed during the full moon in May, thousands of monks gather at the Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 9th century. The celebration is marked by the 1,000 lanterns that are lit and released into the night sky to symbolize light and enlightenment, setting the inky darkness aglow as they gently float skyward.
Visit a famous tea plantation, bustling local markets and lush rice terraces while witnessing this grand display of 1,000 lights with us next year 26th – 30th May.