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Durga Puja: The Ultimate Bengali Experience

This is a guest post from Arnab of Travel Andy. Durga Puja: Calcutta’s Carnival If you want to experience everything that identifies the Bengali culture and personality, you must experience Durga Puja (worshipping of Goddess Durga) in Kolkata (erstwhile Calcutta). Just because I mentioned the word “worshipping,” don’t assume this is an overtly religious festival! The religious […]

Semana Santa in Sevilla

Every year, during the last week of Lent, almost every town and city in Spain celebrates Semana Santa or Holy Week. Culminating on Easter Sunday, Semana Santa is from April 13-20 this year (2014), kicking off with Palm Sunday. It’s also one of the biggest celebrations in the country. Catholic fraternities and brotherhoods (hermandades and cofradías) lead somber […]

It’s Mardi Gras, Y’all!

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Happy Fat Tuesday! Today is the culmination of a multi-month’s long celebration, beginning on King’s Day (January 6) and lasting until Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. For those of you non-religious folks out there, Lent is a solemn period observed by many Christian denominations on the liturgical calendar, which occurs 46 days before Easter. Traditionally, […]

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