Tag Archives: festivals

The Catalonian tradition of a Calçotada

The Catalonian tradition of a Calçotada

Lasting from roughly January until Easter, the Catalonian tradition of a Calçotada springs up, quite literally, in a variety of places in and around the area of Tarragona. Put very simply, a Calçotada is a big barbecue that pays homage to the spring onion. This annual event, however, actually celebrates the harvest of the calçot (spring onion), and combinesContinue Reading

Speaking of the devil….

Speaking of the devil….

If you happened to watch the Sri Lankan leg of Amazing Race Australia in 2011, you may recall the chaos that followed the Sri Lankan Mask Festival, as teams were lost in a frenzy of masked dancers. The history of Sri Lankan masks actually dates as far back as the 15th century, with strong links toContinue Reading

Songkran Festival – it’s impossible to stay dry

Songkran Festival – it’s impossible to stay dry

Yes you read it right. Unless you stay locked up indoors, it’s impossible to stay dry during Thailand’s Songkran festival. Songkran is my favorite, and Thailand’s most famous festival. It’s the world’s biggest water fight, and it takes place from April 13th to 15th every year. For locals, it means a long holiday and theContinue Reading

The food of Thingyan

The food of Thingyan

Last month, I introduced you to Thingyan festival. This month I’ll tell you a little more about Thingyan festival, but from a different perspective, food, and for a couple of good reasons: 1) It’s April so that means it’s Thingyan season, and; 2) Everyone likes food and it’s a must to try the local foodContinue Reading

Food, glorious F.O.O.D

Food, glorious F.O.O.D

There’s really no better place to celebrate all things related to glorious food than the Orange F.O.O.D Week gourmet festival held in April. I’m not really sure where to start when it comes to this festival; with over 120 events being held by local producers, providores and vineyard, it’s really one helluva show. You canContinue Reading

Nowruz

Nowruz

Open the windows, 
For the kind breeze is celebrating the birthday of the beautiful flowers, 
And spring,
 On each and every branch,
 Close to each young leaf,
 Has turned on lovely candles! Fereydoon Moshiri, contemporary poet After a long and harsh Iranian winter, March is the time when the sun finally gets the strength toContinue Reading

Thingyan spirit

Thingyan spirit

In Myanmar (or Burma, as it was once known before), March is the time when summer steps in, and summer holidays start. Like in many other countries, summer holidays are the time when families carry out their plans for summer vacation activities. There are a variety of holiday destinations to choose from, but the mostContinue Reading

El Vive Latino

El Vive Latino

Having a country like the United States as a next door neighbor has its upsides and its downsides, and I am sure many Mexicans would rather be far away from our friend in the north. But if there is one thing I love about being so close to the States, it’s that it’s really easyContinue Reading

Yalda

Yalda

At the end of last year, miles away from Iran and surrounded by Christmas shoppers and images of Santa Claus on the streets of Madrid, I was looking everywhere for watermelons and pomegranates, two fruits traditionally eaten on the Iranian Persian festival called Yalda. People in many parts of the world celebrate Christmas. However, ChristmasContinue Reading

Jakarta Night Festival

Jakarta Night Festival

For the last six years, I have been living between my hometown Bogor and Jakarta (Indonesia’s capital). Bogor is a city in West Java located very close to Jakarta (approximately 60 km, or 1.5 hours drive). Up until now I haven’t spent New Year’s Eve in Jakarta and experienced its big celebrations. Before 2012, mostContinue Reading

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