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The Indian festival calendar: November – December 2017

The Indian festival calendar: November – December 2017  Dev Deepavali celebrations in VaranasiImage courtesy: ©DEBA PRASAD ROY/Lonely Planet As the winter months set in, the almanac brings in some colourfully splendid festivals… here is a look at some: Ganga Mahotsav and Dev Deepavali  Where: Varanasi When: November 1-3 Celebrated as a...

A spook-tacular Halloween experience in Ambergris Caye!

A spook-tacular Halloween experience in Ambergris Caye! October and Halloween are like peanut butter and jelly – you can’t think about one without the other. We welcome October with open arms. The red white and blue September Celebrations décor has come down, and are now...

Halloween in San Pedro: recapping one scary weekend!

Halloween in San Pedro: recapping one scary weekend! Another Halloween has come and gone, and with it memories of spectacular costumes. From humans to pets, this year island residents and visitors went above and beyond in dressing up for this ghoulish holiday. As always, San Pedro...

Celebrating the Garifuna with Battle of the Drums

Celebrating the Garifuna with Battle of the Drums Every November 19th, Belize celebrates one of its most vibrant cultural groups, the Garifuna. Garifuna Settlement Day is one of the largest and most celebrated national holidays, heralding the arrival of the Garinagu people to Belize after...

Orange Walk’s 6th Tacos Fest – delicious!

Orange Walk’s 6th Tacos Fest – delicious! Belizeans who love good food all headed north to Orange Walk Town on Sunday, November 27, for the 6th annual Tacos Festival at the Banquitas House of Culture. The tacos came in all flavors and were made of...

From jungles to beaches: Ring in the New Year

From jungles to beaches: Ring in the New Year in Belize! As the New Year approaches, we tend to start debating as to where we will be when the clock hits twelve on December 31st. Home with family? A party with friends? A romantic dinner...

Flavours of Diwali :: Festival Wishes

Flavours of Diwali  Bursts of sparkle, startling bangs, vibrant rangolis, a game of cards, a roll of the dice, and the best of clothes — yes, Diwali is all that, but not just. Diwali is also piping hot gulab jamun stuffed with saffron and pistachio,...

The best of Thimphu during Mountain Echoes Literary Festival

The best of Thimphu during Mountain Echoes Literary Festival  Terraced fields and government buildings in ThimphuImage courtesy: ©Sam W Stearman/Getty Images/Flickr RF Attending Mountain Echoes, a literary festival held from August 24th to 27th in Thimphu is a good way to soak up the culture of...

The India festival calendar: September–October 2017

The India festival calendar: September–October 2017  Performers walking in the streets of Mysore during procession at Dussehra.Image courtesy: ©CamBuff/Shutterstock As monsoon clouds slowly depart and the temperature eases up, the almanac brings in some of the most colourful and exciting festivals of the year. Here are...

Festival of the month: Durga Puja

Festival of the month: Durga Puja :: Lonely Planet India A beautifully decorated idol of goddess Durga at a pandalImage courtesy: Flickr/Ramakrishna Reddy Y/CC BY 2.0 When it’s time for Durga Puja (25 –  30 September 2017) the atmosphere around many cities is infused with excitement and frenzy...

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