Home to various cultures, communities, religions and languages, it would only be logical for India to have some really unique and vibrant festivals. You've no doubt heard of Holi, the festival of color, and Diwali, the festival of light, both celebrated madly across the country. But what about the state and region-centric ones that aren't as well-known but equally magnificent, that every traveler to India should experience at least once?
It is not surprising that the sole purpose of any traveler visiting Peru (in this age of time-constrained vacations) is often just to experience mighty Machu Picchu and the old colonial architectural grandeur of Cusco.
Truly believing in the phrase, ‘life is a celebration’, Peru is home to a number of festivals that are based on its history, culture and mythology, probably the most of any South American country. Usually rooted in religion, both pre and post Christian, they have a few things in common: pomp, colour, flamboyance, bonhomie, lots of food, lots of drink and lots of fun.
Festivals (matsuri) in Japan are celebrated with an insane amount of zest and energy. It’s one of those rare occasions where people come together, let their hair down and enjoy a party. While most of them are small local events, some are truly grand and breathtaking.