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Carnevale di Venezia – Carnival of Venice

Carnevale di Venezia – Carnival of Venice

Italy’s pride and most important carnivals, Carnevale di Venezia or Carnival of Venice reflects the grandiose culture of the Venetians as well as its rich history and craftsmanship. Culture lovers are acquainted with the familiar sights of Venice’s carnival marked with masks and flamboyant costumes. But is it more than fanfare? Getting to know this festival is digging deeper into the rich and intriguing past not just of Venice and Italians, but way to back to Roman era. The Fanfare Begins Carnevale di Venezia is held two Saturdays before Ash Wednesday and official ends on Shrove Tuesday, which is the … Continued
Tribal Drumbeats and More at Ati-Atihan Festival

Tribal Drumbeats and More at Ati-Atihan Festival

If there is one country whose calendar of events is filled with festivals, it would be the Philippines. Music and dance has been a part of its culture filled with rituals from harvesting, planting, marriage, birth, and even death. Witnessing these festivals is a great reason to fly to the Philippines. If you are to pick one event, join the festivities of the Ati-Atihan Festival known as the “ Mother of All Festivals”. Philippines’ Mother Festival This jovial event is held every third Sunday of January, in time for the feast of the Holy Child Jesus called, Santo Niño, in … Continued
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival

Hogmanay is the Scottish version of New Year’s celebrations with Edinburgh leading this world-famous event. There are still lingering questions on where the word, “Hogmanay” actually came from but the accepted fact is that is a Scottish word for “last day of the year”. It is a three-day celebration with each city having their own traditions and events, but a closer look will reveal their similarities. Hogmanay traditions across Scotland is about fire like a celebratory burning of a Viking ship, Fireballs Ceremony in Stonehaven, and Edinburgh’s torchlight procession. As the capital city, it goes without saying that Edinburgh is … Continued
Banff Snowdays: Add Excitement to Your Winter Days

Banff Snowdays: Add Excitement to Your Winter Days

Winter doesn’t have to be gloomy and cold. You surely know the various winter sports and activites to bit the winter blues, or various destinations with their own unique winter attractions. If you happen to be in Canada or planning to spend the holidays in the country, check out Banff Snowdays and you will experience the joy with snow! Come to Canada at any time from January 8 to February 9 and celebrate the season with the annual SnowDays at Banff National Park! If money and time isn’t an issue, why not stay for the whole month instead? Canada’s Winter … Continued
Harbin Ice Festival: Creating a Magical World of Ice

Harbin Ice Festival: Creating a Magical World of Ice

The largest ice and snow festival all happens in China – where else! Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival beats other ice festivals with their gigantic ice and snow sculptures of famous landmarks, personalities, and other creations. For more than 30 years, the ice festival is a positive adaptation to the region’s frigid winter temperature. In recent years as it gains more global popularity, snow and ice sculptors the entire world participate and compete at China’s top ice and snow festival. As early as December 28, the festival is launched with the formal opening occurring on the 5th day … Continued
Times Square New Year’s Eve – New York

Times Square New Year’s Eve – New York

Every major city in the world seems to have their own one of a kind New Year’s Eve party and celebration. From Paris to Tokyo, cities have their own way of meeting the New Year and bidding goodbye to the current year with a bang but nothing compared to New Year’s Eve celebration in New York. Doesn’t even come as a surprise? New York City, the most beautiful and stunning concrete jungle in the world, America’s pride and home to the most culturally-diverse community. In fact, New York started this extravaganza on ringing the New Year. This posh celebration dates … Continued
Burning the Clocks – Brighton

Burning the Clocks – Brighton

A local event in the seaside city of Brighton is the annual Burning of the Clocks. Participated by 2,000 people and witnessed by up to 20,000 spectators, the organizers behind the event, Same Sky, still aims to further promote this festivity. Organized by a charity-based artist and local group, Burning of the Clock is the community’s answer to the threat of commercialism of Christmas. Brighton is a strong LBGT community and this event shows that they have festive occasion that is not boxed by a single orientation, beliefs, and religion. Winter Solstice Burning the Clocks is a winter solstice, a … Continued
Sinterklaas Parade in Amsterdam

Sinterklaas Parade in Amsterdam

The holiday season will not be complete without one important figure – Santa Claus. However, for the Dutch, it is a little bit different (though they share some similarities) for they believe in Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas. The annual arrival and Sinterklaas parade marks the start of the Dutch capital’s Christmas season. It signals other events to follow that both locals and visiting tourists all look forward to – Christmas markets, Festival of Lights among others. Saint Nicholas is a character that the Dutch cherish and his traditional like his arrival in Amsterdam is an observance observed by different generations. … Continued
A Festive Holiday at the Budapest Christmas Fair 2015

A Festive Holiday at the Budapest Christmas Fair 2015

Are you thinking of a great way to celebrate your Christmas overseas? Then consider coming to the Budapest Christmas Fair 2015 at the Vörösmarty Square. Enjoy the festive event from November 27 this year to January 1 next year. You can even explore stunning sights and sounds in as early as November 13! Budapest’s Festive Square   http://theonlinetraveljournal.com/budapest-christmas-fair/ The Square is strategically located in the middle of the city, and you won’t surely miss it! Especially with the various delectable products offered in the area, you could even just use your nose to follow the rich fragrance brought about by … Continued
Hotel Myosen – Myoko. Japan home for Ski-Resorts

Hotel Myosen – Myoko. Japan home for Ski-Resorts

If you are interested in visiting an exceptional yet relatively unknown ski resort in Japan then why not visit Akakura, Myoko. Nestled right next to the famous Mount Myoko, this town is one of the oldest ski villages in Japan, around 1 hour from Nagano. The mountain receives up to 16 metres of dry powder snow annually making it one of the most heavily snowed areas in Japan. The mountain is home to five separate ski resorts; Akakura Onsen, Akakura Kanko, Suginohara, Ikenotaira and Seki Onsen. The facilities and equipment of all of these resorts are up to the standard … Continued