2017 Exotic World Festival dates for December listing 2017-09-23T16:03:40+00:00

2017 Exotic Festivals December Listing

World Festival dates and information

Yomatsuri in Chichibu, Japan

Yomatsuri in Chichibu, Japan; 2-3 December

These listings are mostly about odd events in Exotic Places. Generally we do not list European or English Speaking festivals here – unless they are exceptionally alien!

Calendar Dates are sometimes unconfirmed and occasionally unreliable, so check before booking. TBC/A = To Be Confirmed/Announced

December 2017

Throughout December
(every year)

MALI, Crossing of the Cattle at Diafarabé – an ancient tradition celebrating, you’ve guessed it, desert herds crossing the river. Lively and fascinating. Mali Travel Guide, Mali Pictures

2 – 3 December
(Same dates every year)

JAPAN, Chichibu Night Festival (Yomatsuri) in Chichibu, not far from Tokyo. In one of Japan’s most impressive night parties teams of costumed men drag six massive, illuminated floats around the town’s narrow streets while kids perform dances and drama on board, backed by drums, flutes, fireworks and fuelled by barrels of saké. Crowded of course, but the crowds are fun and friendly.

7 December
(Same date every year)

GUATEMALA, La Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil), Guatemala City, Antigua and throughout the country – an old tradition to chase evil spirits away from homes and neighbourhoods in time for the holy season or make way for Mary. A huge bonfire made of the collected rubbish with the papier-maché devils on top, accompanied with music, firecrackers and fireworks.

10 – 17 December
(Same dates every year)

TURKEY, Whirling Dervishes Festival, at the Museum of Mevlana, Konya – awesome spinning dance to trance in honour a Sufi saint, Mevlana. Attended by up to a million people. Turkey Travel Guide

13 – 21 December (St Thomas’ Day)
Same dates every year

GUATEMALA, Fiesta de Santo Tomas in the town of Chichicastenango – a week-long religious festival to celebrate its patron saint in an unique fashion with a spectacular traditional dance – the Palo Volador ( men hanging themselves by ropes from a 30 meter pole, swinging and spinning).

mid-December to 1 January

BRAZIL, Christmas Festival in Salvador, a pretty, warm city loaded with street decorations and lights, music, parades, shows and kid’s stuff. Brazil Travel Guide

mid December and a week into January

DUBAI, Al Dhafra Festival  – held over 3 weeks in December into January, this annual festival celebrates the Bedouin culture. It is held in Madinat Zayed and shows off local crafts, cooking and other traditions. It is centred around a camel fair which includes races, auctions and even beauty competitions. If you love deserts this is the place or you, and you can find out more about the festival here (in Arabic). If you want to visit book your trip to Dubai here (in English!).

26 December &
1 January
Same dates every year

BAHAMAS, Nassau, Junkanoo festival – an energetic nationwide celebration with music and a massive street parade full of colour, marking it’s slave history.

31 December

BRAZIL, New Year’s Celebration in Rio de Janeiro – Like Edinburgh, this is one of THE places to be at this time. Various curious seaside rituals dedicated to Iemanja – Goddess of the Sea and Carnal Pleasure – during the day, then wild parties on the beaches accompanied by samba bands at night. . . Brazil Photos

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