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Once-a-Year Wonders

22 Jan 2024 Experiences, Couples, Family, Solo Traveller, Travel Tips
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Festivals are a sensory feast with the aromatic embrace of incense, the exhilarating sizzle of fireworks and the enchanting glow of vibrant lights. They commence with the rhythmic beat of dancers and extend into the early morning hours with a symphony of dance and music. They embody joy, serving as a vibrant reminder that life is meant to be savoured to the fullest. It's time to journey across borders to delve into the heart of diverse traditions and celebrations that unfold across the world. Remember, these events don't happen every day.

Rio Carnival (Brazil)

Take centre stage in this epic annual event and let the rhythm take over. This mesmerising celebration features vibrant costumes, pulsating samba rhythms and a kaleidoscope of colours that transform the streets of Rio de Janeiro into a massive party. Don an elaborate costume and samba your way through the non-stop action as you get swept up in the energy and euphoria of the biggest party on earth. 

Rio Carnival

Land Diving Festival (Vanuatu)

Discover the heart-pounding Land Diving Festival, also known as the Naghol Festival, in the South Pacific paradise of Vanuatu. This original form of bungee jumping is hailed as 'the most remarkable custom in all of Melanesia' and is credited with influencing the invention of bungee jumping by Kiwi AJ Hackett. Observe as courageous men leap from wooden towers with vines tied to their ankles, showcasing incredible skill and bravery. This inspiring ceremony not only celebrates the yam harvest but also serves as a fertility rite for men.

Land Diving Festival

Gorilla Naming Ceremony (Rwanda)

Engage in a profoundly meaningful gorilla naming ceremony dedicated to conservation, fostering a deep connection with nature and wildlife in Rwanda. Celebrate the ongoing conservation efforts aimed at protecting the endangered mountain gorillas. Participate in the joyous ceremony where newborn gorillas are bestowed with names, giving them with the value they undoubtedly deserve and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Rwanda's lush mountains. 

Gorillas, Rwanda

Day of the Dead (Mexico)

Feel the mystical vibes of Dia de los Muertos, the annual Day of the Dead festival, where celebration revolves around rituals, inviting you to dive into the spooky and sacrilegious ceremonies that have made this tradition infamous in Mexico City. This festival pays homage to departed loved ones through elaborate altars, colourful parades and lively festivities. Skeletons are everywhere, serving as a reminder that death is just a part of life.

Day of the Dead, Mexico

Holi Festival of Colours (India)

Infuse your cultural journey with a burst of colour at the Holi Festival of Colours in India. Join the locals in this celebration, where people of all ages come together to play with vibrant coloured powders, marking the arrival of spring and honouring the triumph of good over evil. It's a joyous and visually stunning experience that encapsulates the spirit of togetherness and renewal. 

Holi Festival of Colours

It's time to see how the world celebrates its most important days in person, stepping beyond your comfort zone and immersing yourself in the diverse tapestry of global events and festivals. Start planning your next trip by contacting your local Travellers Choice agent

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