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Getting Ready for Mahashivratri, the Great Night of Shiva!

Alka Pratap | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion
Alka Pratap

India is the land of festivals. In fact, there is a festival for almost every day. This is testimony to the spirit of celebration that underlies India's cultural ethos. Festivals in India aren't just about revelry. They are also a means for spiritual growth.

This Is How One Spanish Town Gets Ready For Lent

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion

Lent starts early this year -- but these Spaniards are ready. Hundreds of cheery festival-goers poured into the streets of the Galician town of Xin...

Turn Left at the Oyster Festival!
A Festival a Month for 2015

Natalie Compagno | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Natalie Compagno

Great festivals are conducive to great travel. They are mankind at its best - free-spirited and welcoming. They also offer countless opportunities for the unexpected. Here is a festival a month to put on your calendar for 2015. And don't worry, January's festival doesn't start until the end of the month, there is still time to get to all of them.

These Photos Show Ukraine's Wackiest Festival

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

The Ukrainian festival of Malanka is as wacky as they come. One night every year, Ukrainian villagers dress up as bears, goblins and other characte...

5 Awesome Festivals in India You Shouldn't Miss

Alka Pratap | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Alka Pratap

Indian culture is pretty damn ancient and the variety of what it has to offer is quite mind-boggling. The festival of Diwali has just gone by for example, with its lights, colors, fireworks and delightful cuisine.

What I Learned From Celebrating Diwali

Alka Pratap | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Alka Pratap

The Indian festival of Diwali is celebrated for a number of reasons. Legend has it that Lord Krishna slew the demon Narakasura on this day, and thus, Diwali has been celebrated every year to commemorate the event.

A Pictorial Tour of Monticello's Heritage Harvest Festival

Carolyn Bass | Posted 12.02.2014 | Travel
Carolyn Bass

Urban farming is sweeping the country as individuals and families seek ways to eat more healthily while also whittling down the grocery bills. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's legendary estate in Charlottesville, Va. recently offered two-days of gardening, farming, and DIY classes and demonstrations during its annual Heritage Harvest Festival.

America's Weirdest Fall Festivals

MiniTime | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Whether you're betting on speeding coffins, tasting teriyaki bear or just yelling your head off, autumn brings a sense of excitement to the kookiest festivalgoers.

The World's Most Interesting Festivals

Viator | Posted 11.19.2014 | Travel
Viator

From fire dancing to flesh piercing, there are some experiences that seem extremely strange to the uninitiated. However, once you've either seen it firsthand -- or taken part in it -- you'll never be quite the same.

The Biggest, Gayest Music Festival Ever Hits Austin This Weekend

Logan Lynn | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Logan Lynn

This coming weekend, September 12-14, over 100 LGBTQ artists and performers will descend upon Austin, Texas for the inaugural Stargayzer Festival -- an epic 3-day queer music & arts mega-fest, previously unmatched in scale.

5 Ski Resort Beer Festivals Not to Miss

Liftopia | Posted 10.13.2014 | Travel
Liftopia

Ski resorts offer large open venues, great views, and a population of eager enthusiasts (AKA skiers) ready to knock back a few pints.

End of Summer Festivals In And Around New York City

MiniTime | Posted 09.27.2014 | New York
MiniTime

From now until the end of September, there's everything from musical and dance events to Italian feasts to a Hong Kong Boat Festival that are out of this world and great for kids of all ages. Here's a shortlist of what's coming up so you don't miss out on their best offerings for kids.

13 Reasons to Travel for a Festival

Adam Groffman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Adam Groffman

Tell me: Do you love festivals? From multi-day music festivals to gay pride events, film festivals, cultural events and art shows -- festivals are a p...

The 2014 American Black Film Festival Premieres in New York City

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 18 years, the American Black Film Festival has migrated from Acapulco, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, to Miami, Florida and now New York City.

Live and Dangerous: Firefly Music Festival 2014

Jeff Pollack | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

The Firefly Music Festival is a mixed-genre, down to earth music festival held yearly in the lush, wooded landscape of Dover, Delaware. Thanks to a consistently stellar lineup and drama-free reputation, Firefly has grown from a hidden gem into one of the festival season's essential events.

6 Festivals for Throwing Shit Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Toss tunas, chuck oranges, and drench strangers with Rioja in the name of celebration!

Carly Ledbetter

23 Real Struggles Of Going To A Music Festival

HuffingtonPost.com | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment

Hundreds of thousands have experienced it. Days without food and water. Scorching temperatures. Difficulty finding shelter. Sound like a life or d...

Live & Dangerous: Coachella 2014

Jeff Pollack | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

It's not always about the main acts -- here are 3 emerging acts slated to perform that everyone will be buzzing about post-Coachella.

Learning Los Angeles: Aaron Paley Founder of CicLAvia, "I'm So Excited About Living Here!"

Cathy Weiss | Posted 05.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

Aaron Paley of CicLAvia is a San Fernando Valley kid who knew there was more to LA than his suburban neighborhood. He grew up organizing family festi...

5 Gluttonous Festivals Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.11.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Americans aren't in the minority when it comes to stuffing their faces full of food in the name of celebration.

Yoga Festival + Tropical Paradise = Travel Perfection

Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel

What happens when you combine a picturesque Hawaii setting with the world's happiest, most fun-loving yogis? Perhaps the most well-rounded and travel-...

Wooly Beasts and Meat Jelly: Hungary's Spring Countryside Festivals

WHERE | Posted 04.30.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Grab a flight, and head to the land of the Magyars to experience these quintessential Central European spring festivals.

Live and Dangerous: SXSW 2014 (Part 2)

Jeff Pollack | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

Just in time for SXSW's March 7th kickoff, here is Part II of the Live & Dangerous feature -- featuring 3 more essential emerging acts to catch at this year's highly anticipated festival.

The 2014 Pan African Film Festival Gives Top Award to Of Good Report

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival ran from February 6th to the 17th -- 177 feature films, docs, shorts and web series screened daily at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Locals and out-of-towners gathered to honor black films.

Live and Dangerous: SXSW 2014 (Part 1)

Jeff Pollack | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

Attendees will be hard-pressed at this year's festival to find a band with more energy and spark than NONONO. The Swedish folk/electro-pop group emerged late last year with the wildly infectious single "Pumpin' Blood" and have been building momentum ever since.