Festivals are a way to become part of a region’s community. Whether religious or seasonal, somber or silly, formal or casual, festivals mark an occasion that has some type of meaning for the people who honor it. Festivals are a window into the shared traditions, history, and values celebrated by a given culture and often feature multi-faceted and colorful costumes, music, dancing, pageantry, and foods.
Enjoy colorful cultural celebrations? Revel in the pageantry of one of the world's longest Mardi Gras Carnival festivals, held in Limoux, a medieval city of Occitanie region of Southern France. BCD's account of this vibrant tradition is written by local resident Christine Barrely who shares the history of the Limoux Carnival, its masks, pierrot costumes and roots in pagan rituals.
Divali in Trinidad is one of the biggest Divali celebrations in the world outside of India! Watch our video for a peek into the diversity and beauty of this festival that celebrates light over dark each year.
Celebrating the Tumba Festival, Curacao, is a special experience. Curacao's Tumba music was created by slaves as a way to put rumors to music and express their sorrow and frustration. Today, the energetic Tumba music carries a
Hop on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard and head to Oak Bluffs. Follow one of the little alleys off honky-tonk Circuit Avenue to Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association. This National Historic Landmark is a series of concentric circles of teeny Victorian gingerbread houses in a rainbow palette. Since 1869, the community has had a tradition of adorning their pastel-painted cottages with lanterns
Experience Croatia's Brodsko Kolo Slavonski Brod Festival in the Slavonia region of Croatia! Young and old perform complex choreography wearing elaborate costumes in this unique encounter with Croatia's cultural and heritage.
Tartu is Estonia's 'Culture Capital', and I had come here to learn more about the Estonia Song Festival. Meet Uku and Kadi and let them guide you through the University of Tartu's 19th century Lock-Up, the Estonian National Awakening and insight into roots of Estonia's choral culture.
The Slovenia Lipizzaner stallions are a rare breed of horsesthat dates back over 2,000 years. Lipizzana horses were the favoured horse for war commanders and European royalty, the pure strength and agility of this horse is unrivaled.
Parachicos Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, is a spectacular festival, filled with meaning behind the Parachicos tradition colourful costumes and joyful dancing. Read about the experience of the festival and about the historic and cultural reasons the exuberance of this Mestizo festival contrasts with the personal boundaries of many Mayans.