One of the most exciting and holistic ways to experience local flavor in an exotic destination is to plan travel around a cultural festival. Experiencing unique holidays, holy days, and other established cultural traditions offers travelers insight into the subtle, yet universal sense of joy, hope, and optimism found in many forms all across the globe.
Cox & Kings is happy to accommodate travelers seeking first-hand experiences with cultural festivities. As such, we're proud to offer travel packages coordinated around landmark cultural events. Here are a few to consider when making your next travel arrangements.
HOLI DAY FESTIVAL - INDIA
One of the most colorful festivals found on the planet; the Indian Holi Festival kicks off on the final full-moon day of the lunar cycle in late February or early March. The festival is celebrated throughout the country, though the most exuberant and enduring celebrating is done in the Uttar Pradesh in the temples of Vrindavan, the mythical birthplace of the Hindu god, Krishna.
Nonetheless, Holi is known to be one of India's most secular festivals. The streets and venues swarm with people dousing themselves and others in colored water and powder. Traveling to India for this festival is sure to be unforgettable as the sight has been described as an "Aurora Borealis of people."
SAINT PATRICK'S DAY FESTIVAL - DUBLIN, IRELAND
The Irish reach exquisite levels of revelry while paying homage to their patron saint. This festival began as a celebration of Christianity's arrival in Ireland.
Since then, the custom has evolved into a worldwide party honoring Irish culture. If you are planning on booking luxury travel to Ireland, be sure to consider going on or around March 17 so you can take place in this exciting celebration.
CHINESE NEW YEAR - CHINA
The Chinese New Year is the most significant holiday in modern Chinese culture. Families travel from far and wide to reunite during this time, and the country's most exuberant pageantry comes to life in the form of fireworks, dragons, lanterns, flowers, and other decorations.
If you are planning to travel to China for this unique celebration, check the lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year celebration takes place on the first day of the lunar calendar, usually in January or February.
GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL - ENGLAND
What makes the Glastonbury Music Festival so extraordinary is that it's the largest outdoor music and performing arts festival worldwide.
The festival takes place at the end of June and lasts five days. All manners of performance are featured, including music, dance, theater, comedy, and cabaret.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD) - MEXICO
Traveling to Mexico at the beginning of November offers the chance to experience Mexican culture at its most elaborate. Family members gather together to remember their lost loved ones and to honor them with breathtaking feats of pageantry.
Dia de Los Muertos is a one-of-a-kind celebration, featuring a daring blend of Catholic and ancient Aztec traditions. Essential to the fanfare of Dia de Los Muertos is the construction of honorary altars using fake skulls, as well as the creation of skulls made entirely of sugar.
Centering your luxury travel plans around a cultural festival is a great way to learn more about the different cultures of the world and experience a unique aspect of the place you are visiting. No matter what festival you have the opportunity to attend, it is likely to be a one-of-a-kind experience you are not soon to forget.