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2017 Festivals Perfect for Holidays

by Travelbag on 08 November 2016, 10:11AM

The calendar year is filled with amazing wanderlust-inducing festivals, from the common and well known such as Christmas in New York to more unknown, but equally amazing, Japanese snow festivals. All of which, are well worth adding to, and ticking off, your bucket list. There’s nothing worse than arriving at a destination to find you just missed an amazing experience by a few short days. So, to help you out we’ve put together a list of stunning festivals for you to plan around and the make most of your downtime.

Important holiday Dates:

Some key dates for 2017 that you might want to consider when planning your holiday are as follows.

*Whit Half Term » Feb 10th – 28th

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) = Feb 28th

Easter Sunday = April 16th

*Easter Term Holiday » April 1st – 23rd

*Summer Half Term » May 27th – June 4th

Ramadan » May 27th – June 25th

*Summer Holidays » July 20th – Sept 4th

*Autumn Half Term » Oct 23rd – 30th

Thanksgiving = Nov 23rd

*School holidays are dependent on local constituencies.


Mardi Gras: 6th January – 28th February

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! (French: "Let the good times roll!"). We can’t think of anywhere better to celebrate the spring holiday of Mardi Gras than in New Orleans. The famed Bourbon Street is home to 5 days worth of amazing large parades. The official New Orleans festival season begins on January 6th, otherwise known as ‘Epiphany’, or the end of Christmas. Mardi Gras, the actual ‘Fat Tuesday’, is on Shrove Tuesday A.K.A Pancake Day (February 28th).


Chinese New Year: 27th January – 4th February

2017 celebrates the Year of Rooster; other years of the Rooster include 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2029. We suggest celebrating The Chinese New Year in Hong Kong; the city combines old traditions and practices with the younger generations customs. Here you’ll find the time old customs like praying and setting off lanterns inscribed with wishes perfectly blended with the modern laser light show, which takes place every day. Furthermore, the fireworks over Victoria Harbour along with the Tsim Sha Tsuji street parade are not to be missed!


Sapporo Snow Festival: 6th – 12th February

This Japanese Festival first started in 1950 when a group of students made 6 snow sculptures in Odori Park. Now sculptures line 1.5 km of Odori Park and use around 16 000 tonnes of snow (that’s roughly 3500 truck loads!). The Japanese military, the Self-Defense Forces, and many volunteers craft the sculptures. Recent highlights include; a Star Wars sculpture, a snow replica of Melbourne’s Flinders street station, and 2016 saw a 17ft snow model of Macau’s ruins of St Paul’s.


Rio Carnival: 24th February – 1st March

The Rio De Janiero Carnival is synonymous with Rio, you can’t think about one without the other. The grand, glitzy, and glamorous celebrations take centre stage in the Rio Sambadrome, a purpose-built 90 000 seat arena that resonates the energy of the competition. For a free experience of the amazing parades, we recommend a Bloco, held by dance schools in the Favelas. Blocos are usually themed fiestas and incredibly informal, an ideal way to feel the famous Rio carioca spirit (encouragement to live life to the fullest).


Adelaide Art Festival: 3rd March –19th March

 Adelaide is renowned for its year-round celebrations, there’s never a boring Sunday, however, it’s the fortnight-long fringe festival that deserves a holiday planning around it. For more than 55 years the Adelaide Festival has wowed and delighted spectators. Adelaide’s Art Festival is home to the world’s largest free literature festival called “Writers’ Week” and runs alongside the nation’s favourite music festival “WOMADalaide”. The celebrations take place throughout Adelaide but the majority of the main events are found in and around the festival centre of Elder Park


USA Independence Day: 4th July

Independence Day is one of the biggest celebrations in the American calendar so you can be sure to find amazing celebrations throughout the country. The celebrations take place to remember the 13 states that gained independence from the British Empire. The day is a national holiday and often involves fireworks, BBQing and carnivals.

Read about the top 5 places to spend Independence Day.


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico: 7th – 15th October

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival set over three days and consisting of over 500 balloons. This Fiesta is not only a spectacle thanks to the cacophony of balloons seen here, but also the competitions that the aircraft pilots part-take in.


Day of the Dead: 31st October – 2nd November

The world-famous festival in Mexico concentrates mostly around family, food, and flowers. The three-day fiesta is a host of contrasting colours and amazing smells thanks to an abundance of flowers, baking and fire. For the biggest and greatest experience, we recommend the capital of Mexico City; expect scenes similar to those seen in the opening shot of James Bond Spectre – minus the explosions and collapsing buildings, of course.   


Thailand Loi Krathong: 4th November

This Thai festival can literally be translated into “to float a basket”. Based on lunar calendars, the date of this celebration changes each year. Seeing hundreds upon thousands of candles twinkle and light the night sky is a sight not to be missed, no other experience is quite like it. We recommend going to the quieter island resort of Phuket for a more traditional setting.


Start planning your holiday today. If you need more inspiration, read our latest travel blogs or speak to our travel experts.

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