Inti Raymi Festival – Peru

Each year on June 24 (winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) Cusco celebrates the Inca Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi). The Inti Raymi was established in 1430 and lasted until 1572 when the Spanish prohibited it as they considered it a pagan ceremony but it continued to be celebrated secretly. In 1944, the festivity…

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Acapulco Cliff Divers – Mexico

The Acapulco cliff divers are Acapulco’s most iconic tourist attraction. The cliff divers jump off the jagged cliffs from different heights into a narrow inlet of shallow water at the base of the cliff. Some divers jump from a height of 115 feet and other from a height of 136 feet. The divers time their…

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Mirage Casino’s Volcano Show – Nevada

Las Vegas has no shortage of entertainment but one of the most popular show to watch is the Mirage Casino’s Volcano Show that is free to the public. The show is a “must see” event for every visitor to Las Vegas and I always make sure to see it every time that I have been…

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Lantern Festival Ceremony at Wat Phan Tao – Thailand

The lantern festival ceremony at Wat Phan Tao is one of the most photographed events of the festival. Almost every blog post that I have seen about the festival includes a photo of this ceremony. The first time I saw a photo of this ceremony my reaction was that this is a must see activity…

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Lantern Festival Night Parade – Thailand

The Lantern Festival Night Parade is held on the second night of the Chiang Mai Lantern Festival. The majority of the parade is made up of walking groups that are representing organizations but there are also floats, figurines and banners that are manually carried by small groups of people. The parade had periods where the…

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Chiang Mai Lantern Festival – Thailand

The Chiang Mai Lantern Festival is really a combination of two festivals, the Loy Krathong Festival and the Yee Peng Festival. The Loy Krathong Festival is also known as the Floating Lantern Festival and is celebrated by floating lanterns on the water. This festival is celebrated throughout the entire country of Thailand. The Yee Peng…

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Gyeongbokgung Palace Changing of the Guard – S. Korea

My previous post was on the Gyeongbokgung Palace but a visit to the palace is not complete without watching the changing of the guard ceremony. During the Joseon Dynasty, the royal guards were responsible for guarding and patrolling the gates of the capital city and the royal palaces. The guards were split into a day…

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Cherry Blossoms – Japan

Spring in Japan can mean only one thing, cherry blossoms! There are over 100 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. A large majority of them have been cultivated by humans over the centuries for decorative use in gardens and parks but a few varieties are wild and native to Japan’s forests and they can be…

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The Great Race – Trinidad and Tobago

The Great Race is one of the world’s longest continuously running offshore speedboat races. The race began in 1969 and this year’s race on August 17th will be the 51st consecutive year of the race. The race begins in the Gulf of Paria near Port of Spain, Trinidad. It makes its way across the North…

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Changing of the Guards – Greece

The changing of the guard ceremony takes place every hour at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” near parliament in Athens, Greece. This is an event that I would classify as a “Must See” activity when visiting Athens and I would say that it was one of the highlights of my trip to Greece. The…

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Lunar New Year (Part 3) Dragon Dance – Vietnam

This post is a continuation from the post on Lunar New Year (Part 2) Lion Dance. The Lunar New Year Dragon Dance and the Lion Dance are part of the same celebration. I chose to make separate posts because I wanted to have individual focus on each part of this celebration. The photos in this…

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Lunar New Year (Part 2) Lion Dance – Vietnam

Being in Ho Chi Minh City during the Lunar New Year is a unique experience. Normally the city is very busy but on New Year’s Day the city seems almost deserted. It is really strange, the normally packed streets are empty, restaurants and stores are closed. Over the next few days thing start to re-energize….

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