No matter where you go around the globe, people love to celebrate. And when it comes to celebrations, festivals are a great way to experience a destination—from savoring traditional foods to learning about local culture though clothing, dances, and other arts. Join Zegrahm’s expert Expedition Leaders and experienced local guides to discover some of the world’s most unique and fascinating festivals!
Though technically not a festival, the Oberammergau Passion Play is a celebration nonetheless. From May to October, nearly the entire population of this Bavarian town of 2,000 performs in the Passion of Christ—the largest amateur stage production in the world. The play has taken place every decade for the last 400 years, and involves a combination of dramatic dialogue, choral music, and tableaux vivants—static scenes from the Old Testament.
Ethiopia’s Feast of the Epiphany, Timket, is one of the highest and holiest holidays in the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian calendar and dates back to the 16th century. It is celebrated in enthusiastic style with three days of festivities that spill out into the streets with red carpets, feasting, colorful processions, exuberant songs, spontaneous dances, and exquisitely-dressed locals.
The largest religious gathering in the world, this festival was recently added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, citing the event’s “central spiritual role in the country.” Dating back over a millennia, participants take a ritual dip in the holy waters of the Ganges, attend musical performances, spiritual lectures, fairs, and other spectacles that celebrate the community.
The Sami Easter Festival is a four-day event where you may witness a variety of unique events including reindeer races, snowmobile races, ice fishing competitions, joik singing, and theater productions. You’ll also see colorfully dressed locals celebrating weddings, baptisms, and confirmations, and attending Easter church services.
This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates the nomadic heritage of Mongolia in an outstanding combination of arts and sports. Music and dance herald the core of the festivities—the sports of wrestling, horseracing and archery. You will find Naadam celebrated throughout the country, with an elaborate national festival in the capital and local celebrations throughout the countryside.
Each year, thousands of villagers from various highland tribes gather in Baliem Valley to showcase their costumes, music, dance, and culture. Witness mock battles between warriors sporting vibrant body paint, extravagant wigs, intricate jewelry, and feathered headdresses; as well as traditional songs and dances, pig racing, spear throwing competitions, and more.
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