All about Phansa (or Buddhist Lent)

All about Phansa (or Buddhist Lent)

This Friday marks the beginning of the Buddhist celebration of the Phansa Rains Retreat (sometimes also known as Buddhist Lent). In Thai, this first day of the celebration is known as Khao Phansa and commonly falls in July; Oak Phansa marks the end of it and is usually in October. Phansa...

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Get the party started! The best of Venice’s summer festivals

Get the party started! The best of Venice’s summer festivals

Here in Venice, we like to keep traditions alive — and what better way to do so than by celebrating and partying with friends and family! If you want to celebrate like the locals do, be sure to mark these festivals in your calendar for a summer visit to Venice....

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How to survive Toronto Nuit Blanche

How to survive Toronto Nuit Blanche

For a Fine Arts graduate like myself, Toronto Nuit Blanche approaches with a certain resemblance to the countdown to Christmas. And much like Christmas, it also hinges on a single night that is supposedly magical or, at the very least, transformative. The concept of Nuit Blanche first emerged in 1984, when Jean Blaise...

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The 7 Coolest Annual Festivals in Vilnius

The 7 Coolest Annual Festivals in Vilnius

Vilnius is definitely a city that flies under the radar and shies away from the top of people’s ‘must-see’ lists. It’s good, really, because it means a true local experience is more accessible to the average visitor. And one of the best ways (in our humble opinion) to get a...

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The Best Local Festivals in Amsterdam

The Best Local Festivals in Amsterdam

Amsterdamers know how to beat it. Festivals are what we do here in the NL, after months and months of being confined to our houses, from spring to fall the city is alive with events. Here are our fave local festivals in Amsterdam. Beginning in 1970, PinkPop is how the Dutch...

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7 Festivals Around The World That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

7 Festivals Around The World That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

We’ve all heard of Carnival, Coachella, and Oktoberfest, but the world is full of festivals, many of which we’ve never heard of. The good news is, the world is big enough for them all! Here are our picks for seven festivals around the world we bet you’ve never heard of....

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5 Essaouira Music Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

5 Essaouira Music Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

If there’s any city obsessed with music festivals, it’s Essaouira – there’s one for every season! It’s a bit difficult to pick just one, so here are our picks for five Essaouira music festivals you don’t want to miss. 5. Les Alizes Les Alizes is a  spring Classical musical festival...

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