When to go on a festivals holiday
The best time to go to a festival? When it’s on! Most have fixed dates, publicised long in advance, while others are staged according to weather conditions or local calendars.
Many festivals are intimately connected to the seasons, being held during mild summer months or just after the rains, when it’s pleasant and possible to gather, celebrate, camp and cook. Others, such as Harbin’s Ice and Snow Festival, rely on the extreme cold of winter to run, while in Bhutan, festivals are held throughout the year, but always on the 10th day of the month. Organised tours to witness the world’s festivals know exactly when each event is scheduled to take place and will get you there ready for the opening ceremony, often allowing time either side to explore or relax, too.
Our Festivals Holidays
WHEN TO VISIT FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD, MONTH BY MONTH
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