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When planning a visit to Oman, make sure to plan your trip around the festivals of Oman. These are not to be missed and are a true reflection of Omani culture. Sultan Camel Race Cup If you are staying at a property such as the Al Falaj Hotel in the summer, then make sure to witness one of the oldest Arab sports – Camel Racing. Taking place at the Royal Cavalry track at Al Felaij, camels especially trained for racing compete during this festival. Salalah Festival Beginning in mid-July, this festival goes on until late August. As this festival occurs during the monsoon season, the city of Salalah is cool and full of greenery. In addition to hosting cultural shows, games and circuses, one would also …

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Religious festivals play a major role in the culture of the Maldives and since it is a fully Muslim nation, these events are not surprisingly, linked to Islam. From vibrant celebrations to reflective observances here are some of the main festivals held annually. Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday In commemoration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, the Maldives joins the Islamic world in celebrating Mawlid un-Nabi on the third month of the Islamic calendar (Rabi al-Awwal). Mosques resounding with prayers, street processions, recitation of Sufi poems and communities coming together in harmonious festivities create an atmosphere of unity and reverence. Ramadan Experience the serene aura that blankets the Maldives during the holy month of Ramadan. A key aspect of this period is …

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Thailand, a land of rich traditions and vibrant culture, hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, each offering a unique blend of spirituality, colour, and joy. Dive into the heart of Thai celebrations with these unmissable festivals that showcase the country’s cultural diversity: Loy Krathong | img via flickr 1. Songkran: Thai New Year Water Festival When: April 13-15 Where: Nationwide Highlights: Experience the world’s largest water fight as Thais and visitors alike come together to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year. Water splashing symbolizes purification and cleansing for the year ahead. You can witness this from anywhere including serviced apartments Bangkok such as Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok. 2. Loy Krathong: Festival of Lights When: November (date varies) Where: Nationwide, with grand celebrations in Chiang Mai …

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Vietnam, with its rich tapestry of traditions, boasts a myriad of festivals that offer a glimpse into the country’s vibrant culture and heritage. Here are some must-experience festivals that will immerse you in the lively spirit of Vietnam. 1. Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year): Celebrated in late January or early February, Tet is the most significant and widely celebrated festival in Vietnam. Experience colourful parades, traditional performances, and the iconic Dragon and Lion Dances. Don’t miss the festive atmosphere and traditional dishes associated with Tet. 2. Huong Pagoda Festival: Taking place in the Perfume Pagoda, near Hanoi, this festival spans from January to March. Join pilgrims on a boat journey to the pagoda, nestled amid picturesque limestone mountains. The festival is a blend of …

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Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Botswana by partaking in its lively events and festivals that celebrate traditions, arts, and the spirit of the nation. From colourful cultural gatherings to wildlife-centric celebrations, here are some highlights to add to your Botswana itinerary: Maun International Arts Festival: Held annually in Maun, this festival is a vibrant celebration of arts and culture. From traditional dance and music performances to contemporary art exhibitions, the Maun International Arts Festival showcases the diversity of Botswana’s artistic talent. Engage with local artists, attend workshops, and experience the dynamic cultural scene in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Kalahari Desert Festival: Venture into the heart of the Kalahari Desert for a unique cultural experience at the Kalahari Desert Festival. This event …

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In the vibrant tapestry of Thai festivals, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival stands out as a celebration of spiritual cleansing, cultural traditions, and a culinary exploration of plant-based delights. Delve into the vibrant spectacle that is the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Origins and Significance: A Tapestry of Spiritual Practices The roots of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival trace back to the early 19th century when a Chinese opera troupe fell ill while performing in the region. To appease the gods, locals adopted a vegetarian diet and engaged in rituals. Today, the festival is a blend of Taoist practices, vibrant processions, and vegetarian feasts. The Nine Emperor Gods: Guardians of Purity Central to the festival is the veneration of the Nine Emperor Gods, revered in Taoism. Devotees believe that …

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