Category: Culture

Mani Rimdu Festival

Mani Rimdu is one of the oldest festivals celebrated by the Sherpa inhabitants of greater Khumbu valley. Celebrated for 19...

Binche Carnival, Belgium

One of the world’s strangest festivals takes place on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) in Binche, Belgium. Men parade through the town...

Spain’s best festivals

Spain is the world’s best festival destination with every town in the country holding its own unique street party....

Carnival in Tenerife

Carnival season is nearly upon us, but if Brazil is too far to get to, Europe has its...

Ati-Atihan festival

The Ati-Atihan festival is a wild, week-long party in honour of Santo Niño (baby Jesus), that began in...

New year fireworks, Germany

We love this photo of new year’s fireworks in Rems-Murr Kreis district, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, by Herbert Kehrer. See more...

Perchten winter festival

The annual Perchten festival sees participants dress as terrifying creatures (the mythical following of pagan goddess Perchta) to chase...

Fire festivals

Britons celebrate Bonfire Night this week (on the 5th of November) originally to mark the day of the...

The coolest festival in the world

China’s Harbin Ice Festival promises towering snow sculptures featuring mythic figures, a temporary city of famous buildings rendered in...

Battle of the Queens

Every October, these feisty Herens cows fight each other in the otherwise sleepy Swiss village of Aproz, in an event...

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

This Monday (8th September) saw residents of the village of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire perform the eccentric Abbots Bromley...

Regata Storica, Venice

This Sunday, Venice’s Grand Canal will be transported back to its glorious past at the Regata Storica, the main event...

Tomatina festival

The world’s biggest food fight takes place in the Spanish town of Buñol every August. More than a...

Burning Man Festival

Every year over 60,000 festival goers descend on the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, for this festival...

Notting Hill Carnival

Preparations are being made for this year’s flamboyant Notting Hill Carnival on the 24th and 25th August. The event,...

Esala Perahera festival

The Buddhist festival Esala Perahera takes place this year from 1-11th August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Also known as...

Eid prayer

Muslims worldwide are celebrating the religious holiday Eid-Al-Fitr this week. Eid marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy...

Festival of the Redeemer

This weekend Venice celebrated the Festival of the Redeemer, lighting up the city’s famous skyline with fireworks. The...

Naadam festival in pictures

This week (starting on the 11th July) Mongolia’s traditional festival, Naadam, whips the country into a frenzy of colourful costume...

Calgary Stampede in pictures

Calgary Stampede is Canada’s largest rodeo, a ten day event featuring hair-raising competitions with the world’s best cowboys. We picked...

Inti Raymi festival

The Festival of Inti Raymi (which means festival of the sun) brings crowds onto the streets in the...

Dragon boat races

Dragon boat racing is an ancient sport that is still extremely popular in China. Last week Dragon boat races...

The pilgrimage to El Rocío

The Romería (pilgrimage) de Rocío is Spain’s largest and most spectacular pilgrimage. Thousands of pilgrims walk through the countryside to...

Gawai Dayak Festival

Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated by the Dayaks, the native people of Borneo, that will take place...

Sydney in lights

Vivid Sydney is an amazing event featuring giant light projections that transform the city’s buildings. It is held...

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling

Every Spring Bank Holiday one of England’s most eccentric festivals is held: the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling. Competitors chase...

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri is a wild and wonderful Shinto festival in which ornate shrines called Mikoshi are carried through...

Pooram

Today, ornately decorated elephants will be paraded through the temple precincts in the Valluvanadu region of Kerala, India, for the annual...

Seville Fair

Throughout this week the Feria de Abril (Seville Fair) fills this beautiful Andalucian town with music, dancing and spectacular horse...

Holy Week processions

During Holy Week in Spain, Catholic brotherhoods take to the streets to perform solemn processions, often dressed in striking...

Songkran festival

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year’s Day festival, celebrated on the 13th to the 15th April and co-inciding with...

Cherry blossom parties

During spring, people gather all over Japan to have picnics and gatherings under the cherry blossom, a custom...

Las Fallas festival

Sculptors have been working for many months in the Spanish city of Valencia to create fallas – elaborate...

Holi festival of colours

Holi is a Hindu celebration of the end of winter. It is celebrated throughout India and Nepal, although...

Novice monks

Novice monks at the Full Moon Festival in Bagan, Myanmar (also known as Burma), by Lynn Gail. According to...

Carnival in South America

It’s carnival time in Latin America and some of the best street parties in the world are kicking off...

Venice in pictures

What better time to visit Venice now that masked carnival goers are transforming this already amazing place. In...

Sami people

Today is Sami National Day, a day of celebration and recognition of the Sami people, an indigenous community...

Setsubun

Setsubun means ‘Bean-Throwing Festival’, and is held the day before the beginning of spring in Japan, in association...

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa festival celebrates Norse traditions in Shetland, Scotland on the last Tuesday in January every year. Locals...

Tamborrada Festival

At midnight on the 19th January every year, the city of San Sebastian comes alive with the sound...

Timkat Festival in pictures

Colourful Timkat festival is the Orthodox Ethiopian celebration of Epiphany, that takes place every 19th January. We chose some...

Harbin Ice Festival

The city of Harbin in northern China is known for its harsh winters. But the town makes a...

Voodoo Festival

Every January thousands of Beninese flock to the town of Ouidah for the annual Voodoo Festival. Some 40%...

Black Nazarene

Every 9th of January a life-sized sculpture of Jesus called the ‘Black Nazarene’ is taken through the streets of Manila, the...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to one and all! New Year fireworks and Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London...

Happy Christmas

Out There wishes you a great Christmas! Here is one of our favourite seasonal photos of Lillehammer in Norway. Could...

Festival of the Sahara

Every year in late December thousands flock to the desert oasis town of Douz in southern Tunisia, for...

Winter Solstice at Stonehenge

Each year on Winter Solstice (the 21st December) visitors gather together with some of England’s Druid, Pagan and...

Whirling Dervishes Festival

This week, thousands gather in the ancient Turkish city of Konya to watch the annual Whirling Dervish Festival....

Miss Rodeo America Pageant

In pictures Every December Las Vegas plays host to a unique competition in which state rodeo queens battle...

Tori-No-Ichi

Tori-No-Ichi is a traditional festival held on Japan on various days in November (known as days of the...

Pushkar Camel Fair

In pictures Every year the Indian town of Pushkar in Rajisthan holds a five day camel fair, one...