A Year of Festivals:A Guide to Having the Time of Your Life
Lonely Planet, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
've never planned a trip around a regional festival, but have often been delighted to bump into one during my travels, whether a Buddhist celebration in Ladakh or simply a local flamenco dance that hotel staff in Spain invited us to attend with them. But I like the idea of actively seeking festivals around the world.
f you do too, then dip into Lonely Planet's new introduction to
A Year of Festivals
, billed as '
A Guide to Having the Time of Your Life
'. It begins by asserting that '
Festivals are a Gift: loud, colourful occasions where people can get together with their families, friends and all the friends they're about to make
' and continues to explain
How to Plan the Time of Your Life!
by looking through this volume that organizes festivals by week and by month. Festival reviews include enticing color photos, indicate
Level of Participation
(spectator only to fully immersed in the party), describe the event itself, and also cover
, and where to find
online. So pick your month and jump right in!
hat appeals to me? I like the look of the Indian
Bikaner Camel Festival
in January (Turkey also hosts a
Camel Wrestling Festival
, I kid you not!); in March,
most boisterous of Hindu festivals
') in northern India and Nepal, and
(Cherry Blossom Viewing) in Japan; the May
Pilgrimage of the Gitans
(gypsies) in France; the June
aboriginal festival in Queensland, Australia; the July
Gilroy Garlic Festival
in California; the
Galway Oyster Festival
in September (yumm!); the
Thai Surin Elephant Round-Up
in November; and a Turkish
Whirling Dervishes Festival
in December. In addition to the weekly entries, there are sections on
Festivals & Religion
Festivals & Food
Top Festival Locations
From the Traveller
(photos and commentary) at the back of the book.
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