The Annual World Events Around the Globe

Gaze in awe at the sunrise over Angkor Wat; dance in trance with the Junkanoo parade in the Bahamas; follow the trek of a million wildebeest, antelopes and zebras through the Serengeti; or drift along with a thousand fantasy-shaped hot-air balloons over the desert of New Mexico.

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The world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle: wonderful inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.
Thomas Carlyle

  • Abu Simbel (Egypt) • Illumination of the Temple • The sun lights up Ramses II
  • Angangueo (Mexico) • Monarch Butterfly Migration • Winged visitors arrive for the winter
  • Angkor (Cambodia) • Sunrise at Angkor Wat • Dawn breaks above the Khmer temples
  • Ayers Rock (Australia) • Sunset at Uluru • Pyrotechnic light show in the desert
  • Chichen Itza (Mexico) • Spring & Autumn Equinox • The Mayas’ serpent god descends the temple steps
  • Hammerfest (Norway) • Aurora Borealis • Cosmic light ballet
  • Kruger National Park (South Africa) • Annual Wildlife Census • The Big Five stand up to be counted
  • Kyoto (Japan) • Hanami • Cherry blossom viewing in the Heian capital
  • Mahé (Seychelles) • Sub-Indian Ocean Underwater Festival • Snorkelling & scuba diving around Shark Bank
  • Namaqualand (South Africa) • Wildflower Season • Carpet of colour in Northern Cape Province
  • Serengeti (Tanzania) • Wildlife Migration • Wildebeest trample the endless plains
  • South Georgia Island (United Kingdom) • Penguin Breeding Season • Snowy nursery for gentoos, kings & co.
  • Vancouver Island (Canada) • Whale Watching • Orcas frolic off the coast
  • Vermont (United States) • Fall Foliage • New England’s hillsides ablaze with colour

Our museums, art galleries, theatres and concert halls are our places of communal worship
Desmond Morris

  • Basle (Switzerland) • International Art Fair • Classic modern and contemporary masterpieces
  • Bayreuth (Germany) • Bayreuth Festival • The Mastersingers move onto the Green Hill
  • Bregenz (Austria) • Bregenz Festival • Opera on Lake Constance
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina) • Tango Festival • Theatrical melancholy on the Plate
  • Edinburgh (United Kingdom) • Edinburgh Festival • Music and drama in the Scottish capital
  • Epidaurus (Greece) • Festival • Classical drama in the hills of Argolis
  • Glyndebourne (United Kingdom) • Glyndebourne Festival Opera • Mozart & friends in a pastoral setting
  • Khajuraho (India) • Festival of Dance • Graceful performances before the ancient temples
  • London (United Kingdom) • Last Night of the Proms • Britannia echoes through the Albert Hall
  • Maastricht (Netherlands) • Tefaf • The European Fine Art Foundation’s annual fair
  • Prague (Czech Republic) • Prague Spring • Concerts fill the city’s churches
  • Saint Petersburg (Russia) • Stars of the White Nights • Opera, concerts & ballet on the banks of the Neva
  • Salzburg (Austria) • Salzburg Festival • The sound of music resounds throughout Mozart-Town
  • Santa Fe (United States) • Santa Fe Opera • Musical performances in the desert of New Mexico
  • Savonlinna (Finland) • Opera Festival • Traditional favourites & avant-garde highlights in Olavinlinna Castle
  • Stratford-upon-Avon (United Kingdom) • Shakespeare Season • The Bard comes home
  • Tallinn (Estonia) • Jazzkaar • Echoes of Preservation Hall on the Baltic
  • Tanglewood (United States) • Tanglewood Festival • The Boston Symphony Orchestra visits the Berkshires
  • Verona (Italy) • Opera Festival • Aida, Carmen and Co. in the Roman Arena
  • Yogyakarta (Indonesia) • Ramayana Festival • The epic tale in dance before a floodlit temple backdrop

Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional forms and ceremonies.
Joseph Wood Krutch

  • Andong (Korea) • Mask Dance Festival • Traditional drama and puppet plays in a historic setting
  • Cuzco (Peru) • Inti Raymi • Inca pageant in the Andes
  • Hong Kong (China) • Chinese New Year • Good Wishes, Good Fortune for the next 365 days
  • Kandy (Sri Lanka) • Esala Perahera • Pachyderm parades & costumed dancers at the Temple of the Tooth
  • Luang Phrabang (Laos) • Pi Mai Lao • Water fights and Buddhist ceremonies
  • Mount Hagen / Goroka (Papua New Guinea) • Mount Hagen & Goroka Show • Sing Sing in the Highlands
  • Nassau (Bahamas) • Junkanoo • Parading dancers paint the town red
  • New Orleans (United States) • Mardi Gras • Carnival processions through the French Quarter
  • Nuremberg (Germany) • Christkindlesmarkt • Fairy lights twinkle in front of the Cathedral
  • Pamplona (Spain) • Fiesta de San Fermin • The Running of the Bulls through the Old City
  • Parintins (Brazil) • Parintins Folklore Festival • Festival do Boi-Bumbá
  • Pushkar (India) • Pushkar Mela • Camels for sale in Rajasthan
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) • Carnaval • The greatest show on Earth
  • Sapporo (Japan) • Yuki Matsuri • Sculptures in the snow
  • Siena (Italy) • Palio delle Contrade • Bareback race around the Piazza del Campo
  • Stockholm / Skansen (Sweden) • Midsommar • A long day’s night in northerly latitudes
  • Sukhothai (Thailand) • Loy Krathong • Thai Festival of Lights
  • Venice (Italy) • Carnevale • Masks and melancholy on the Lagoon
  • Vienna (Austria) • Lipizzaner Gala • Caprioles at the Spanish Riding School

Religion pervades intensely the whole frame of society, and is according to the temper of the mind which it inhabits, a passion, a persuasion, an excuse, a refuge.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Bali (Indonesia) • Temple Festivals • Hindu prayers on the Island of the Gods
  • Bandiagara (Mali) • Dogon Masked Ceremonies • Life’s masquerade honoured in elaborate rituals
  • Calcutta (India) • Durga Puja • In honour of the Mother Goddess
  • Fatima (Portugal) • Pilgrimage • Prayers at the Cova de Iria shrine
  • Lalibela (Ethiopia) • Timkat • The Orthodox Feast of the Epiphany
  • Paro (Bhutan) • Tsechu • Dance rituals before Rinchen Pung Dzong
  • Patzcuaro (Mexico) • El Día de los Muertos • Graveside picnics reunite the families
  • Rome (Italy) • Holy Week • The faithful flock to the Eternal City
  • Seville (Spain) • Semana Santa • Penitents in procession through the streets
  • Yangon (Myanmar) • Shwedagon Temple Festival • Buddhists make merit at the Golden Shrine

What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport.
Albert Camus

  • Akureyri (Iceland) • Arctic Open • Golf under the Midnight Sun
  • Albuquerque (United States) • Balloon Fiesta • Up, up and away above the desert
  • Anchorage (United States) • Iditarod • Dog-sled race across Alaska to Nome
  • Antigua (Antigua) • Sailing Week • Yachting in the Caribbean
  • Ascot (United Kingdom) • Royal Ascot • The Royal Family drives over from Windsor for the races
  • Augusta (United States) • Masters • Top golfers in Georgia
  • Boston (United States) • Boston Athletic Association Marathon • A run through the city
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina) • Argentine Open • Polo at Palermo
  • Calgary (Canada) • Calgary Stampede • Bucking broncos in Canada’s Cowtown
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates) • Dubai World Cup • The world’s richest horse race
  • Hamilton (New Zealand) • Maori Canoe Regatta • River races in elaborately decorated longboats
  • Hawaii (United States) • Triple Crown of Surfing • Surfin’ safari on Oahu’s North Shore
  • Kitzbühel (Austria) • Hahnenkamm-Rennen • Alpine ski race
  • London (United Kingdom) • Wimbledon • The All-England Lawn Tennis Championships
  • Louisville (United States) • Kentucky Derby • The first jewel in the Triple Crown of American horse racing
  • Madrid (Spain) • Fería de San Isidro • The start of the bullfighting season
  • Melbourne (Australia) • Melbourne Cup • Australia’s richest horse race
  • Monte-Carlo (Monaco) • Grand Prix • Formula One drivers race through the streets
  • Paris (France) • Tour de France • Cyclists arrive in the capital after a gruelling trip round the country
  • Pasadena (United States) • Rose Bowl • Football and floats to greet the year
  • Rostock (Germany) • Hanse Sail Regatta • The biggest maritime folk festival on the Baltic
  • St. Moritz (Switzerland) • Cartier Polo World Cup • Top teams play chukkas on the frozen lake
  • Sydney (Australia) • Rolex Hobart Yacht Race • Across the Bass Strait to Tasmania

Society is a masked ball, where everyone hides his real character, and reveals it in hiding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Berlin (Germany) • International Film Festival • The Golden Bears are awarded at Potsdamer Platz
  • Cannes (France) • Film Festival • Hollywood stars en fête on the Côte d’Azur
  • Milan (Italy) • Collezioni Donna • Italy’s top designers and visiting luminaries
  • Munich (Germany) • Oktoberfest • Bavarian Gemütlichkeit in the beer tents
  • New York (United States) • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade • Santa comes to town with Snoopy & Co.
  • New York City (United States) • New Year’s at Times Square • Auld lang syne in the New World
  • Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) • Pan-African Film Festival • Showcase for the continent’s aspiring actors
  • Paris (France) • Prêt-à-Porter Féminin • The fashion houses point the way
  • Pebble Beach (United States) • Concours d’Elégance • Vintage automobiles on show by the sea
  • Sundance (United States) • Sundance Film Festival • Indie productions in the mountain resort
  • Toronto (Canada) • International Film Festival • Hollywood blockbusters and experimental cinema
  • Venice (Italy) • Film Festival • La Serenissima forms the cinematic backdrop
The annual World Events around the globe


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Folklore Festival

Globetrotters in a hurry fly in via Manaus in just over an hour, but with time to spare you can rent a hammock aboard one of the riverboats and marvel at the mangrove swamps and jungle of the world’s largest tropical rainforest as you cruise down the Amazon. It will take 20 – 30 hours to reach the town of Parintins on Tupinambarana Island, depending on the speed of the current. More wonders await you at the end of your magical mystery tour. For three days at the end of June, the town takes sides with the local citizens showing their true colours in the Festival do Boi-Bumbá, as the Parintins Folklore Festival is also called. Only the Carnivals in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia attract more spectators. Colourful, often conflicting legends surround the origins of the event. Ranging from the fulfilment of a vow to Saint John the Baptist to the symbolic protest of the poor and underprivileged to sheer plagiarism, they indicate that the celebration developed – initially on a much smaller scale – around the turn of the last century. Today’s epic performances, held in the Bumbódromo arena, are a more recent development and centre on a contest between the red-clad supporters of Boi Garantido and the blue-clad Boi Caprichoso fans, each representing a different district of town.....Read the complete chapter in the book

When my father told me I live in a fantasy land,
I nearly fell off the Little Prince’s planet.

Peter Finkbeiner

ALBUQUERQUE, United States

International Balloon Fiesta

“Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away; / Come fly with me, let’s take off in the blue/ Once I get you up there where the air is rarified/ We’ll just glide, starry-eyed”… Frank Sinatra was not the first to recognise the seductive charms of taking off into the blue empyrean. Ever since the Montgolfier brothers launched the first hot-air balloon near Lyon in 1793, the sport has attracted amateurs and adventurers. Observation balloons were introduced during the American Civil War and World War I; Swedish engineer S.A. Andrée had to abandon an attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon in 1897; and in 1999, Brian Jones and Jacques Piccard, grandson of a famous Swiss balloon pioneer, made the first non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in a balloon. For holidaymakers, a dawn flight floating soundlessly above the vineyards of Napa Valley or across the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps remains a truly romantic way to start the day....Read the complete chapter in the book

Bring the balloon of the mind
That bellies and drags in the wind
Into its narrow shed.

W.B. Yeats


International Tango
Festival & World Cup

The tango is to Buenos Aires what the waltz is to Vienna: the rhythmical expression of the city’s soul. Today both dances conjure up visions of glamour and elegance, as men in tailcoats and women in sleek ball gowns glide across the dance floor. And yet, like the waltz a generation previously, the tango provoked a scandal amongst the Upper Crust when it made its appearance at fashionable soirées in the mansions of Recoleta during the early years of the twentieth century. Blending elements from the West African candomble and the Creole milonga with the tristesa of Spanish flamenco, the tango’s thinly-disguised sexual choreography had developed in the brothels patronised by the city’s lonely foreign immigrants. Early versions had no lyrics, but were accompanied by a small band consisting of guitar, flute and violin. The bandoneon, imported to Argentina from Germany in 1886, added the characteristic plangent melancholy....Read the complete chapter in the book

“Por una cabeza todas las locuras
su boca que besa borra la tristeza,
calma la amargura...

Carlos Gardel

AYERS ROCK, Australia

Sunset at Uluru

“In all directions stretched the great Australian Emptiness, in which the mind is the least of possessions.” Nobel Laureate Patrick White poignantly summed up the archaic loneliness which characterises the heart and soul of the vast continent. The Red Centre of Australia is the largest sandstone monolith in the world, formed almost 600 million years ago on the ocean floor and now rising above the sandy desert plains some 450 km (280 miles) to the southwest of Alice Springs. Across the millennia the extremes of wind and rain have weathered its feldspar-rich surface, rusting the iron oxides and creating the famous reddish hue. In the harsh glare of the sunlight the colour changes throughout the day, culminating at sunset in glowing shades of scarlet which gradually darken as night falls. Nearby lie the evocative Olgas, the ‘many heads’ collection of rocks also known as Kata Tjuta....Read the complete chapter in the book

In the beginning the Earth was an infinite and murky plain,
separated from the sky and from the grey salt sea
and smothered in a shadowy twilight.

Bruce Chatwin

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