The Scene

We round up some top events dur­ing De­cem­ber and Jan­uary

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Spices of the Caribbean De­cem­ber 13-16 Jade Moun­tain, St. Lu­cia

Find the ac­tual spice of life at the Spices of the Caribbean fes­ti­val. The spir­ited event kicks off with your choice of a cock­tail soiree or a spiced rum party. Ex­pand your hori­zons through a broad host of ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties: com­pli­men­tary cook­ing classes on the beach, tours, food, work­shops and more are in­cluded dur­ing this spicy four-day spec­ta­cle. Reach into the Caribbean’s spice boxes all over. James Beard award win­ning chef Allen Susser leads the charge for the event. For more in­for­ma­tion visit jade­moun­tain­stlu­cia.com.

Ayut­thaya World Her­itage and Red Cross Fair De­cem­ber 13 – 22 Ayut­thaya, Thai­land

Cel­e­brate Ayut­thaya dur­ing its World Her­itage and Red Cross Fair. The city’s gov­ern­ment, pri­vate sec­tor and cit­i­zens come to­gether to cel­e­brate the “World Her­itage City” ev­ery year. The fair fea­tures ac­tiv­i­ties such as a light and sound show, cul­tural ex­hi­bi­tions, lo­cal mu­sic, con­certs, singing con­tests, beauty con­tests and more, along with the OTOP Prod­ucts Fair and Lo­cal Goods Fair. At­ten­dees can en­joy a wide va­ri­ety of Thai cui­sine and lo­cal dishes at the fes­ti­val. For more in­for­ma­tion visit tourismthai­land.org.

Rhythm and Vine De­cem­ber 29 – 31 Gis­borne, New Zealand

Get lost down un­der the Down Un­der in the Rhythm and Vine, New Zealand’s big­gest and hottest mu­sic fes­ti­val. It started back in 2003 merely as a crafty way for its creators to clev­erly es­cape the win­ter cold, but at­tracted a sur­pris­ing 1,800 at­ten­dees. Since that time, it’s grown ex­po­nen­tially in both size and clout at­tract­ing over 30,000 at­ten­dees. A scant decade later, the stellar event draws ma­jor mu­sic artists, and this year will in­clude names such as Wiz Khal­ifa and Em­pire of the Sun. For more in­for­ma­tion visit rhyth­mand­vines.co.nz.

The Lan­tern Fes­ti­val Fe­bru­ary 24, 2014 Shang­hai

Watch with child-like won­der the en­chant­ing Lan­tern Fes­ti­val, which cel­e­brates the time­less Chi­nese com­pas­sion on a home­sick palace maid. He suc­cess­fully con­vinced ev­ery­one that the town would burn to the ground un­less a red fairy was ap­peased with glow­ing lanterns and de­light­ful sweet treats. The palace maid was dressed as the red fairy and was greeted with a celebration. Since that time, the en­dear­ing story is cel­e­brated on the 15th For more in­for­ma­tion visit china.org.

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