What in the world is hap­pen­ing this month

Condé Nast Traveller Middle East - - Word Of Mouth -

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At mid­night, hun­dreds of lanterns mark the start of Tori-No-Ichi ( 003-3872 1667, tori­ Cel­e­brated ev­ery 12 days at rooster shrines and tem­ples across Tokyo, you’ll find shops sell­ing ku­made, or bam­boo

rakes, to “rake in” good for­tune and busi­ness pros­per­ity. Ex­pe­ri­ence all-round pos­i­tiv­ity while wad­ing through the crowd as cheer­ful shouts from peo­ple wish­ing each other good health and luck fill your

ears and lift your spir­its.


PHOBJIKHA VAL­LEY, BHUTAN Spread­ing aware­ness about the en­dan­gered avians, the Black-Necked Crane Fes­ti­val ( en­try from AED 25; cel­e­brates the ar­rival of th­ese sa­cred birds in the win­ter months. Share the sense of joy and hon­our felt by the com­mu­nity as they sing folk songs, dance wear­ing crane masks and per­form en­vi­ron­men­tal-con­ser­va­tion

themed dra­mas.

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This car­ni­val is so huge it’s called the “Fifth Sea­son”. The Düs­sel­dorf Karneval ( dues­sel­dorf-touris­ kicks off with the awak­en­ing of Hoppeditz, the car­ni­val jester. Emerg­ing from a mus­tard pot, he de­liv­ers a scathing speech

known as the Nar­ren­schelle (“joker’s scold­ing”) to the mayor – who is known to re­spond from the town hall bal­cony. Fol­low­ing months see the mayor get “kid­napped” by witches and a pa­rade

of satir­i­cal floats.



Give in to sweet-tooth crav­ings at the Festa del Tor­rone, or Nougat Fes­ti­val

( fes­tadel­tor­, dubbed the “sweet­est event of the year”. The nine-day event cel­e­brates ev­ery type of nougat imag­in­able. The streets of Cremona come to life with games, live mu­sic, per­for­mances, food tast­ings and the high­light of the fes­ti­val – a pa­rade fea­tur­ing more than 150 peo­ple dressed in

Re­nais­sance cos­tumes.

Colour­ful Tori-No-Ichi dec­o­ra­tions in Ja­pan

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