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This is Wikitravel's '''Current and upcoming events''' section about events, festivals, holidays that are happening around the world. For yearly calendar of events please look [[Calendar of events and festivals| here]].  
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[[File:Feria de Abril.PNG|thumb|right| Women in Flamenco dresses at the April Fair.]]
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{{eventsitem| [[Seville]] April Fair (Feria de Abril)|15-21 Apr 2013| A release after the somberness of ''Semana Santa''. To say this is a huge party is an understatement. Most if not all of Seville takes a weeks holiday and they plan for the Fair months in advance. The fair is close to the river and covers a huge area and contains hundreds of private and public "casetas" which are laid out to form streets. Casetas are small marquees and you can only get into the private ones if invited. The public ones are large but just as much fun. The day is naturally split in two and between noon and 8PM the streets of the fair throng with horses as riders and carriages strut their stuff dressed in traditional Spanish robes. After 8 the streets are cleared and "Calle del Inferno" comes to life which is one of the best funfairs in Europe. The Fair appeals to everything that's great about Spain - Traditional dress,Flamenco dancing, guitars, Fino, great tapas and men, women and children who dance with gusto and eat and drink the day and night away. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Seville#Do] }}
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[[File:Madurai The City of Temples.jpg| thumb| 300px| [[Madurai]] The City of Temples]]
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{{eventsitem|Chithrai Festival, [[Madurai]], [[India]] | 14 Apr 2013| Millions pour into the city for the carnival, during the Hindu month of Chithrai. The main events are:
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* '''Day 10''': Celestial wedding (''Thirukalyanam'') of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar
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* '''Day 11''': Chariot procession (''Ther Thiruvizhah'')
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{{eventsitem| Rijksmuseum set for grand reopening in [[Amsterdam]]|13 Apr 2013| The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Dutch Golden Age masters, has been closed for a decade. Housed in an eccentric building designed by Pierre Cuypers, it closed in 2003 for a makeover. On 13 Apr the Rijksmuseum is finally set to reopen to the public, after a renovation that took five years longer than expected and cost nearly $500 million, tens of millions over its original budget. [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/amsterdams-rijksmuseum-to-reopen-after-375-million-revamp-with-rembrandt-pride-of-place-8559428.html] }}
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{{eventsitem| Butterfly Jungle exhibit, [[San Diego]] Zoo| 9 Apr- 8 May 2013| During this yearly event guests will be completely immersed by thousands of butterflies as they walk through the Zoo Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary. The 30 species of butterflies highlighted this year will hail from [[Africa]], [[Asia]] and Central and South [[America]] and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. [http://media.sandiegozoo.org/2013/03/01/butterfly-jungle-on-its-way/] }}
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{{eventsitem| [[Hue]] Festival, [[Vietnam]]|7-15 Apr 2013| The Hue Festival is an extraordinary cultural extravaganza of Vietnam which involves a collection of events and activities. The festival attracts millions of visitors every year making it an ideal platform for a grand social milieu. Some of its art and cultural activities are traditional concerts, dance and theatrical performances, art and calligraphy exhibitions, games, and special tour programmes to close by sites for tourists. One of the old traditions of Vietnam is ‘Kite flying’, which has been rejuvenated in the Hue Festival. Traditional kites of intricate shapes and designs fly in the sky, making the Hue City beautiful and joyful. Some people visit temples and make offerings, where traditional dances are also performed. The Hue Festival more often concludes with fireworks show. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/hue-festival-vietnam.aspx] }}
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[[File:Sakura and Moss Pink - 桜(さくら)と芝桜(しばざくら).jpg|thumb|180px|Cherry blossoms at Yachounomori Garden in [[Tatebayashi]], [[Gunma]]]]
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{{eventsitem| Holi [[NYC]]- Festival of Colors|31 Mar 2013| Holi is the Hindu festival of colors. It celebrates the coming of spring, fruitful harvests, unity, joy, and a tale from the Bhagavad Gita. [http://ilovefreeconcerts.com/holi/]}}
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{{eventsitem| Cherry Blossom, [[Japan]]|25 Mar 2013| The Japan Weather Association, in its first forecast of the season, predicts this year’s cherry blossoms to open according to their average schedule in most of Japan, except for parts of Western and Central Japan where they are predicted to open earlier than usual. The opening in [[Tokyo]] is on March 25, but estimated best viewing happens April 1 to 10, according to Weathermap [http://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/cherry_blossom_festival.html]. Kakuzan Park in [[Tsuyama]] has gained fame as one of the best place for viewing cherry blossoms with over 5,000 cherry blossom trees within and around the park. The city hosts a Cherry Blossom festival between 1-15 April [http://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/eventinfo.html]; Click for more about '''[[Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots]]'''.}}
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[[File:MonumentOfTheUbudWaterPalace.jpg|thumb|200px|Puri Saren Agung (Water Palace) in central Ubud]]
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{{eventsitem| [[Bali]] Spirit Festival, [[Ubud]]|20-24 Mar 2013| The Bali Spirit Festival is an extensive celebration of international yoga, dance and music. It is an elevating festival which stirs up and nurtures each individual’s potential for affirmative change, within and around. If you are seeking yoga, traditional Indonesian dance and more, then the Bali Spirit Festival is just the right place for you.The festival brings distinguished yoga gurus, musicians, and dancers from different countries, together at one place. It celebrates the richness of Indonesian culture, the purity of the environment, spirit of mutual learning and cooperation, diversity and harmony between people of all nations. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/bali-spirit-festival.aspx]  }}
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[[File:Chicago River dyed green, focus on river.jpg|thumb|200px|The Chicago River is annually dyed green on St. Patricks Day]]
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{{eventsitem| St. Patrick's Day Parade, [[Boston]]|17 Mar 2013| Colorful floats, music and Irish good cheer await you at the annual Boston St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade begins at 1:00pm at the Broadway 'T' Station and ends at Andrew Square, South Boston and will feature marching bands and pipe bands from throughout North America. The parade travels through South Boston - Boston's most Irish neighborhood. Since 1901 this parade has become a prominent part of South Boston's history. Southie's annual wearin' of the green steps off from the Broadway T Stop proceeding down West Broadway to East Broadway to East 4th, to 5th Street, and around Thomas Park. Marchers continue to Telegraph Street to Dorchester Street ending at Andrew Square. Many cities around [[US]] organize St. Patrick's Day Parades, among other [[NYC]], [[Chicago]], [[Savannah]], [[San Francisco]]. [http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_St_Patricks_Day_Parades/]}}
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[[File:Falla valencia 2006-03-19.jpg|thumb|200px|Fallas, before igniting the papier maché models]]
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{{eventsitem| Las Fallas, [[Valencia]]|15-19 Mar 2013| The five day festival is a carnival of bonfires, fireworks, parades, shows, and other festivities, as it also celebrates the arrival of spring. Every day the day starts at 8 am sharp with a ‘wakeup call or la Desperata as it is called. Bands march down the main streets of the town and firecrackers are burned as peppy music rents the air. At 2 pm it’s time for the La Mascleta which takes place in the different neighborhoods of the city – this is a run up to the main event of Mascleta held on 19 March at the Plaça de l’Ajuntamen. Every night there are firework displays in the city and the final one on the last night is the most magnificent with firecrackers and fireworks lighting up the skies. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/las-fallas-de-valencia.aspx]. Read more [http://wikitravel.org/en/Valencia#Fallas]. }}
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{{eventsitem| Rickshaw Run at [[Melbourne]] Food & Wine Festival|1-11 Mar 2013| The annual rickshaw run,  is the craziest way to sample authentic Vietnamese food and culture. You will be taken on a fast and furious tour of the best restaurants, markets, and hawker food. It's a six-course flying frenzy on the most environmentally sustainable transport ever invented. [http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/event-calendar/rickshaw-run-4067] }}
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{{eventsitem| International Yoga Festival, [[Rishikesh]]|1- 7 Mar 2013| This one-week festival gives you an opportunity to participate in over 60 hours of yoga classes from world-class Yoga teachers. These teachers practice and teach multiple styles of yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/international-yoga-festival.aspx] }}
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[[File:Third Shahi Snan in Hari Ki Pauri.jpg|thumb|200px|Pilgrims gather at the third Shahi Snan in Har ki Pauri to take the Royal Bath in Ganga River]]
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{{eventsitem| [[India]]n Kumbh Mela festival| 14 Jan- 10 March 2013| Millions of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their bodies plunged into the frigid waters of India's holy Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony in the northern city of Allahabad took place on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days. Over 110 million people are expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the place where three rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati — come together at the edge of this North Indian city. [http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/01/14/wrd-india-hindu-ganges-festival.html] }}
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{{eventsitem| Chinese New Year, [[Las Vegas]] Style| Jan-Mar 2013| [[Las_Vegas#Chinese_New_Year | Las Vegas]] is hosting multiple events in honor of the Year of the Snake. Cultural events, music, dragon dances, and specialty menus highlight this event on the Strip, and Downtown. [http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/las-vegas-celebrates-chinese-new-year-2013/]}}
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{{eventsitem| Carnival of [[Venice]]| 2-12 Feb 2013| Associated with the famous masquerade ball}}
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{{eventsitem| [[Quebec]]’s Winter Carnival| 1-17 Feb 2013| The city will be transformed into a land of colorful parades, glittering ice palaces and spectacular snow sculptures. Alongside an Ice Palace Stage, Broadway-style dance shows, an international ice sculpture competition, winter camping and a snow pentathlon, the carnival will feature a host of new events and activities. [http://www.travelbite.co.uk/holiday-ideas/2013/02/01/destination-of-the-week-quebec]}}
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[[File:Carnaval1.jpg|thumb|200px|Carnival Celebrations]]
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{{eventsitem| 2013 Carnival in [[Rio de Janeiro]]| 8-11 Feb 2013| Brazil’s most popular and festive holiday as well as one of the world’s biggest celebrations when the streets of Rio de Janeiro come alive with wild parties, festivals and glamorous balls. The Samba School Parade is the highlight of the four-day event. Performers, clad in ornate costumes embellished with feathers, beads and thousands of sequins, dance down the parade route alongside dazzling floats and into the Sambadrome-a dance stadium built for the event. Judges award a prize to the most spectacular group of dancers. [http://www.rio-carnival.net/index.php]}}
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[[File:Rex Butterly King Napoleon Avenue New Orleans 2012.jpg|thumb|200px|The Rex parade is one of Mardi Gras' most famous and beautiful]]
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[[File:Chinese New Year New York.jpg|thumb|200px|Chinese New Year  Celebrations]]
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{{eventsitem| Chinese New Year Parade, [[San Francisco]]| 23 Feb 2013| Two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America. The celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. All the festivities culminate with Chinese New Year Parade.}}
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{{eventsitem| [[Sydney]] Festival 2013| 5- 27 Jan 2013| Celebrations for the festival kick off with Festival First Night – a large scale free event in the parks, streets, and lane-lays of the city, which is an exclusive feast of music, dance, and visual spectacle on the streets. Reaching an audience of more than 200,000 people, the Festival First Night is celebrated on the first Saturday of the Festival while more free concerts await Sydneysiders and visitors on subsequent two Saturdays. The Sydney Festival creates a welcoming and unique global ambience which showcases the striking city of Sydney through a feast of world class performances in theatre, music, dance, fireworks, visual arts, and food. The peak celebrations of the festival are the Australia Day festivities on 26th January with ferry races and tall ship displays at the iconic Sydney Harbour. The festival with its wide range of free events and easy pricing policies for the shows with tickets ensures that everyone can participate in the Sydney Festival celebrations. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/sydney-festival.aspx]}}
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{{eventsitem| International Kite Festival 2013, [[Gujarat]] |14 Jan 2013| Gujarat’s International Kite Festival is held every year in Ahmedabad. Skies above the city come alive with kites- in a hundred different colours, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth. The Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation organises the International Kite Festival at a local stadium, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/international-kite-festival-gujarat.aspx]}}
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{{eventsitem| [[Harbin]] International Ice and Snow Festival [[China]] |Jan 2013| The event, held since 1963, can last more than a month, depending on the weather, and attracts visitors from around the world who come to see the elaborate ice and snow sculptures. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairytale characters equipped with LED lights, bringing a colorful and warm aura to the icy wonderland.  [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/events/harbin-international-ice-snow-sculpture-festival/articleshowpics/17911634.cms]}}
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