We round up some top events during December and January
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.