We round up some of the top events in the months ahead from all over
We round up some top events in the upcoming months.
Christmas At Mount Vernon
Alexandria, VA Nov. 27, 2015 – Jan. 6, 2016
Washington’s estate is decked out in holiday decorations, chocolate-making and 18th century dancing, plus rare tours In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings for a camel to entertain his guests. In 2015, the camel is back. Visit mountvernon.org.
Mevlan Whirling Dervishes
Konya, Tukey December 10-17
This ten-day festival celebrates the power of spirituality. Based on the teachings of the 13thcentury poet Rumi, the ritual whirling is a highly structured ceremony that has made the list of UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Noche de los Rábanos
Oaxaca, Mexico December 23
La Noche de los Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) is a unique folk art festival that takes place just prior to Christmas. The humble vegetable becomes intricate carvings of animals and saints, conquerors and kings, and anything else you can imagine. Visit oaxaca-mio.com.
Mt. Abu Winter Festival
Mt. Abu, Rajasthan December 29 – 31
This winter celebration lets visitors explore the spirit of Rajasthani culture and tribal life. The festival includes performances. Other highlights include contests like skating, horse races, boat races and tug-of-war. Visit mountabu.nic.in/winfest.
Hilongos, Leyte, the Philippines December 31, 2015
In this ancient ritual, the people of Hilongos in Leyte province celebrate the Petal fairies (Water, Air and Light) who sustain the beauty of the earth. Participants dances and songs to celebrate the bounty of nature. Visit islandsphilippines.com.
Sifonica de Galicia
Abu Dhabi January 13 – 14
Spain’s leading orchestra debuts at Emirates Palace with Mahler’s 6th Symphony on Jan. 13. The second night features Brahms’ 4th Symphony and works of Wagner, plus Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Visit abudhabievents.ae
Tamil Nadu January 14 – 17
The joyous Hindu harvest festival of Pongal is celebrated across the southern Indian state of Tamil is boiled with milk and harvest offerings of thanks are placed in the midst of colorful painted patterns called kolam. Visit pongalfestival.org.
Quebec Winter Carnival
Quebec City, Canada January 29 – February 14
This 60-year-old event is the largest winter carnival in the world. Must-sees include the Ice Palace and the evening parades. Snow sculptures surround the Place Desjardins and Place Loto-Québec, and ice canoes race on the St. Lawrence River. Bon temps! Visit carnaval.qc.ca.