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We round up some of the top events in the months ahead from all over

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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.

Alikaraw Fes­ti­val

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

Pon­gal

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.

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