New eBook: Bucket List Festivals, The 100 Best Festivals in the World

And I’m back after a long break! I’m excited to tell you about my new eBook, Bucket List Festivals: The 100 Best Festivals in the World, which has been in the works for quite a while. Based on my popular blog post The 50 Greatest Festivals in the World, the book features 100 articles, including… More New eBook: Bucket List Festivals, The 100 Best Festivals in the World

Orange Fever: Queens Day Parties in the Netherlands

Koninginnedag, or Queen’s Day, is a national holiday in the Netherlands, celebrated on April 30th, or April 29th if the 30th falls on a Sunday. The holiday was first celebrated in 1885 as Prinsessedag (Princesss Day) to honor Princess Wilhelmina on her birthday, but became Queens Day when Princess Wilhelmina became queen. The holiday jumped… More Orange Fever: Queens Day Parties in the Netherlands

Better Than Mardi Gras? The Jazz Fest in New Orleans

This festival takes place during the last weekend of April and first weekend of May. Formally known as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Jazz fest is a traditionally celebration of New Orleans and Louisiana culture, although the festival has become a vibrant and exciting melting pot of cultures. The celebrations began in… More Better Than Mardi Gras? The Jazz Fest in New Orleans

Songkran Water Festival: The Worlds Biggest Water Fight

Celebrated across Thailand, the Songkran Water Festival heralds the new year with a country-wide water fight. It is a Thai national holiday and workers and students are given the days (and often a full week) off. In its early years, the date of the festival varied because it was based on astrological calculations (the date… More Songkran Water Festival: The Worlds Biggest Water Fight

Dye the World Green: What is Saint Patricks Day, Really?

Saint Patricks Day (also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick), was originally a celebration of the beginning of Christianity in Ireland but has expanded into a world-wide celebration of Irish culture. St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 5th century and forced into slavery in Ireland at age 16, and set to… More Dye the World Green: What is Saint Patricks Day, Really?

Celebrating Cryogenics in Style: The Frozen Dead Guy Days

This strange festival is held each year on the first full weekend in March. The festival began in 2002 to celebrate winter and the frozen corpse of Bredo Morstel that was kept cryogenically frozen in a shack in the town. Bredo Morstel was a Norwegian citizen. Upon his death, his grandson Trygve brought his body… More Celebrating Cryogenics in Style: The Frozen Dead Guy Days