September 2 (TravelAndy): From the Iron Age to the Roman Empire, from Vikings to Jacobites, from epic battles to great escapes, September will be a month of historic proportions with a jam packed calendar of events celebrating Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Borders Heritage Festival will kick-start the September celebrations with their opening weekend set to acknowledge the region’s spectacular heritage through light, music, storytelling, theatre and performance. Lighting the Borders (1-3 Sep) will use a variety of lighting at a range of historical sites including Neidpath Castle, Duns Law, Riddell Tower and Hume Castle, to form a chain of light across the landscape at dusk each evening.
The opening weekend will continue with Mary Queens of Scots Festival (2 & 3 Sep) set to take place in Kinross. The event will commemorate Mary’s life as Kinross poignantly marks the 450 year relationship with the Castle on Loch Leven Island where she was held captive and where she spent some of her most troubled years, and the end of her reign in 1567.The programme will include living history encampments, music, food and drink as well as children’s entertainment. Continue reading Join Scotland’s Year of History celebrations
September 1 (TravelAndy): Shinju Matsuri (festival of the pearl) has always been a festival based on Broome’s unique community spirit, cultural diversity and vibrant history.
The festival celebrates the four diverse cultures which have come together in Broome over the past century for pearls: Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Indigenous Australian.
Shinju Matsuri will always encapsulate the values of the Broome community, running annually since 1970. Continue reading Shinju Matsuri starts in Broome from Sep 2
March 13 (TravelAndy): Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated in India and various places around the world today.
Though the festival has Hindu origins, this festival, which is associated with the arrival of Spring, has in recent times transcended religious and political boundaries and is celebrated by people in many countries of the world.
In India, the festival is mainly associated with people colouring each other up with coloured powder (gulal) and water-based colours. Many also associate the festival with the drinking of bhang, an intoxicant that is typically mixed with milk shakes. Continue reading Holi, the festival of colours, today
January 4 (TravelAndy): In a bid to promote tourism, South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is getting ready to host a series of festivals along the eastern coast of river Godavari.
The three major festivals include, Kakinada Beach Festival scheduled at the NTR Beach in Vakalapudi from January 12, 2017. Similarly, a four-day Konaseema Festival will be hosted on the banks of the Godavari at Muramalla from February 22 and the three-day ‘Manyam Jatara’ in the Agency area from March 26, said The Hindu.
“These festivals provide a platform to display the rich culture of the district. Food stalls will serve exclusive cuisine of local flavours, while the handicrafts and handlooms of the local artisans will also be on display,”said N. Chinarajappa, deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading Festival boost for Andhra tourism
November 10 (TravelAndy): The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Poush Mela festival, celebrated at Shantiniketan in east India’s West Bengal state, to be concluded within three days of its commencement.
This order has been passed to control the growing pollution left by the stall owners and visitors, which harm the environment of the place in a significant way, said The Times of India.
The festival is scheduled to begin on December 23, 2016 and conclude on December 26, 2017. Continue reading Poush Mela to be 3-day affair: Green body
October 31 (TravelAndy): Scores of visitors are expected to flock the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, which is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, California, today.
The festival will take place today from 18.00 to 23.00 at the Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.
While the street party is free and open to the public, it is recommended to leave the kids and pets at home, said the official West Hollywood (WeHo) website. Continue reading West Hollywood Halloween carnaval kicks off
October 30 (TravelAndy): India is celebrating the festival of Diwali today.
The primarily Hindu festival celebrates the victory of Good over Evil.
The festival is marked by the lighting of diyas (earthen lamps) and display of fireworks.
This year, there are a large number of voices on social media calling for the abandoning of noisy crackers citing the distress they cause to babies, the elderly and animals. Continue reading Diwali, the festival of lights, today
October 1 (TravelAndy): India’s Uttarakhand state will host Tehri Festival at Koti colony on the eponymous lake on October 15 and 16.
The two-day festival will have adventure activities such as river rafting, canoeing, paragliding, parasailing and kayaking. Tourists can take part in all the activities and watch experts demonstrate their skills.
Additionally, the festival will showcase high-octane music and dance along with exhibition of firework on the concluding day. Continue reading Water sports galore at Tehri lake fest
August 1 (TravelAndy): India’s youngest state Telangana will celebrate its first Krishna Pushkaralu, the holy festival along the river Krishna, from August 12.
This festival is celebrated along the bank of the river once every 12 years. It continues for 12 days at a stretch. Krishna Pushkaralu is celebrated along the course of the river in the staes of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.
This year, the Krishna Pushkaralu will be celebrated from August 12 to August 23. Continue reading Krishna Pushkaralu fest from August 12
July 5 (TravelAndy): The temple town Puri in east India’s Odisha state is gearing up to celebrate its famous car festival from tomorrow.
During the festival, the three idols of Puri’s famous 12th century Jagannath temple are brought out of the temple and taken to the Gundicha temple on wooden chariots, called raths.
The deities — Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra — return to the Jagannath temple after a week. Continue reading Puri set for rath yatra (car festival)
March 30 (TravelAndy): Goa is already buzzing with its biggest Spring festival, the Shigmo fest, and it is all set to host the Goa food and culture festival from April 6.
The Shigmo festival, which is celebrated as part of Holi, the festival of colours, began on March 24 and will conclude on April 7.
The major highlights of Shigmo include the traditional folk dance and portrayal of various mythological scenes through colourful parades that take place across the state. Continue reading Festival keeps Goa abuzz with tourists
March 13 (TravelAndy): In a bid to attract adventure enthusiasts, Ladakh is all set to start its first polo festival, which will be held from July 11-17, this year.
The festival will be set in Ladakh’s Chushot village, in an attempt to place it on the tourism map of India’s state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Chushot, is located along the bank of Indus river, in the Leh district. Continue reading Ladakh’s polo festival to begin from July 11