Top Choice Art in Naoshima

Setouchi Triennale

This festival of art, music, drama and dance comes around every three years and has a packed calendar of events occurring on multiple Inland Sea islands, many on Naoshima. Previous schedules have been spread across …
Top Choice Religious in Varanasi

Dev Diwali

Leading up to the day each year that the gods are said to descend to Varanasi – fifteen days after Diwali – the ghats along the Ganges glow in the flames of thousands of tiny oil lamps, thousands more of which are l…
Top Choice Religious in Gokarna


A chariot bearing statue of Lord Shiva's and his lingam is pulled through the streets by hundreds of pilgrims to conclude this nine-day festival.
Top Choice Religious in Donggang

Burning of the Wang Yeh Boats

One of Taiwan's top folk festivals, this involves inviting gods to earth, feasting them, and then asking them to carry trouble-causing demons and plagues away with them on a boat. In the spectacular conclusion, the …
Top Choice Performing Arts in Denpasar

Bali Arts Festival

This annual festival, based at the Taman Wedhi Budaya arts centre, is an easy way to see a wide variety of traditional dance, music and crafts. The productions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata ballets are grand, and …
Top Choice Cultural in Sapporo

Sapporo Yuki Matsuri

Held in early February, this is one of Japan's top festivals. From humble beginnings in 1950, when local high-school students built six snow statues in Ōdōri-kōen, the festival now hosts an international snow sculpt…
Top Choice Cultural in Jagdalpur

Bastar Dussehra

In Bastar the Dussehra date (usually in early October) is just the last of 75 days of rituals and preparations which give Bastar Dussehra claim to be one of the world's longest festivals. Things climax in the final …
Top Choice Religious in Colombo

Vesak Poya

The birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha is celebrated across Colombo (and Sri Lanka), but the festivities around Gangaramaya Temple and South Beira Lake are mind-blowing. Huge eruptions of coloured light displa…
Top Choice Religious in Miyajima


This Shintō ritual sees decorated wooden boats float by to the sound of traditional drums and flutes. It's held in summer, starting early evening on the 17th of the sixth lunar-calendar month (late July/early August…
Top Choice Religious in Ki

Ki Chaam Festival

The monastery at Ki is the scene of whirling dances performed by brightly costumed and masked lamas on the last day of this one-week festival, which is attended by villagers from across Spiti and serves as a ritual …