Building a Day of the Dead altar

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Sarah Gilbert celebrates the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca with an altar-building Despite its name, Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is far from a macabre festival. Combining pre-Hispanic traditions with Spanish Catholic influence, the Zapotec Indians believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living once a year… Read more »

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Festivals of India

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With so many festivals on offer in India, it isn’t hard to look beyond the more common ones to find a slightly different festival experience. Below is just a selection of some of India’s most unique festivals on offer to travellers.   Durga Puja – best experienced in West Bengal/Kerala Much like Diwali, Durga Puja… Read more »

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Colombia’s Great Cultural Expression

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Originating from an indigenous tribal festival that honoured the moon god, later adapted to fit in with the Catholic carnival tradition and then finally tweaked to fit in African traditions, the Blancos y Negros Carnival is one of Colombia’s greatest cultural expressions. Experiencing the Blancos y Negros Carnival is perhaps one of the best options… Read more »

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead

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It may seem morbid to the outsider but Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is anything but this to Mexicans. Taking place at the start of November, the Day of the Dead is a celebration where the dead can come alive again; something particularly fascinating for those who understand death differently. Today… Read more »

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Nagaland’s tribal culture

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Bordering onto Myanmar, Nagaland embodies the rugged beauty of India’s North East and is a wilderness of unkempt forests and rolling mountains waiting to be explored. The multitude of colours that fill Nagaland’s scenery can also be found in the state’s myriad tribes, which each have their own unique character and distinct customs. Running for a… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Meeting the Mursi

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[Part 7] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival.   For the first time on this trip it rained the entire night so the roads were waterlogged in places and what was solid red road had become a bed of mud by… Read more »

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Ethiopia: The Omo Valley

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[Part 6] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival.   As is becoming commonplace in this part of the world, I once again woke up to sublime views of the lake. I couldn’t enjoy the scenery for too long, as we had… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Arba Minch

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[Part 5] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival.   Since there was a lot of driving still ahead of me I opted for the easier and less tiring option of flying to Arba Minch in the south. There are only 3… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Lalibela

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[Part 4] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival. I woke up to stupendous views of the mountains. I guess the clue was in the name of the hotel (Mountain View). Breakfast was good, and I was told that we would be… Read more »

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