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| DotMBlurb=The greater '''[[Mexico City]]''' metropolitan area is one of the world's largest, with an estimated 20 million people living in the region. It is a vibrant city, especially during November when people celebrate El dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Parades and special feasts take place in many cities and villages throughout Mexico, however in Mexico City you can see the most colorful and spectacular ones. Mexico City offers a full variety of cultural activities and sunny weather which makes it one of the best places to visit during this month. <small>([[Mexico City|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Rovaniemi]]''' is the capital of '''Finnish Lapland''' and is especially worth visiting during December because it is a home to Santa Claus. Most tourists come to visit '''Santa Claus Village''' where they can meet Santa himself and spend their time in Santapark- a vibrant, underground amusement park. In Rovaniemi you can try all sorts of cold and snowy activities like snowmobile safaris and dog sledding.   <small>([[Rovaniemi|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Purwokerto]]''' is a relatively small but bustling city located in the Central Java province, Indonesia. It is located in the western part of the province, nestled in an isolated valley between Salak Mountain Ranges and the Southern Mountain Ranges. The city is on the foothill of Gunung Slamet volcano, the highest volcano in Central Java. Purwokerto is also the main entrance to climb Gunung Slamet. <small>([[Purwokerto|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Chefchaouen]]''' is a gorgeous mountain city in northeastern [[Morocco]]. The picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, is filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents, and the call to prayer rings out of several mosques around the town in chorus. If you've got a few days to relax from the rigors of travel, this is a good place to do it. <small>([[Chefchaouen|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem|Conflict in Gaza|November 16 2012| The conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip has presented the first major test for [[Egypt]]’s newly elected president, as he seeks to balance close ties to Gaza’s Islamist rulers and respect for Egypt’s three-decade-old peace treaty with Israel.President Mohamed Morsi condemned Israel’s continuing air offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Thursday, November 15, and ordered his prime minister to visit the embattled enclave, sounding an angrier and more confrontational tone toward Israel than has been evident from Cairo in decades. [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-delegation-to-visit-besieged-gaza-strip/2012/11/15/d059d6dc-2f4b-11e2-a30e-5ca76eeec857_story.html]]}}  
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{{newsitem| Doomsday tourists flock to Mexico|21 Dec 2012| Thousands of tourists are flocking to Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to be part of the so-called "Mayan Apocalypse" near the sites of the ancient Mayan cities of Tulum and Coba.The local convention centre in Merida was crowded with tourists dressed mostly in white, and vendors offering books, souvenirs and white clothing as well as red and yellow bandanas.On December 21, a major cycle in the 5,125-year-old Mayan Long Count calendar, a period known as the 13th Baktun, ends. [http://travel.einnews.com/article/128915788/Gr3JdnjLVLzX7ipN]}}
{{newsitem|Leonid Meteor Shower 2012|November, 16-17 2012| Every year at this time, the Leonid meteor shower briefly brightens the sky. While Saturday morning is the peak, there can be Leonid meteors several nights before and after. Be alert as most meteors streak by in a second or less, sometimes in clusters. The best way to see them is to find a nice, dark place with no street lights and as few trees as possible, and look up. [http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/leonid-meteor-shower-2012-shooting-stars-saturday-morning].}}
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{{newsitem| 1st major storm of winter in U.S.|20 Dec 2012| The first major winter storm of the year hit the U.S. Midwest bringing a blizzard to the Plains and a possible tornado to Alabama as well as leaving around 400,000 customers in 13 states without electricity. "There are blizzard warnings in effect from southeastern Nebraska through much of Iowa into Wisconsin," said Bruce Terry, a senior National Weather Service forecaster at the HydroMeteorological Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.[http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/20/usa-weather-storm-idUKL1E8NK4O220121220]}}
{{newsitem|Gang violence escalates in Sao Paulo|November 15, 2012| Violence is gripping [[Brazil]]'s biggest city - at least seven people were killed in Sao Paulo in just one night this week. More than 250 civilians and 100 police officers have died recently as criminal gangs fight the police. It is believed this is a reaction to a crackdown on the operations of the state's largest criminal faction, and to violence used by the police to combat the group. As the battle has spread, innocent people are caught in the crossfire.[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20351971]].}}
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{{newsitem| Storm snarls flights in Chicago Midwest|20 Dec 2012| A major winter storm is snarling flights in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest, a disruption that comes at the beginning of the busy Christmas travel rush. Southwest, the nation's largest low-cost carrier, says it is canceling some of its flights from both the Chicago Midway and Milwaukee airports. [http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2012/12/19/new-winter-storm-could-snarl-christmas-flights/1779441/]}}
{{newsitem|Perfect Storm on the East Coast|October, 26 2012| Forecasters are now warning about a "perfect storm"- a direct hit of Hurricane Sandy, an arctic front and a jet stream- that will crash through the East Coast, specifically [[New York City]] and northward. The height of the storm is expected to occur Tuesday but forecasters say that it could take its time, lingering in the atmosphere over the same locations for five or six days. Hurricane Sandy crashed through the [[Caribbean]] today, exploding in size and strength as it hit the [[Bahamas]] after pounding [[Jamaica]][http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-sandy-heads-north-east-coast-readies-perfect].}}
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{{newsitem| Serious snowfall in the Alps| Dec 2012| If you are planning to ski in French or Swiss Alps be ready for lots of snow. Across the northern French Alps in particular, the huge amount of snowfall has had people raving that this is the best start to a ski season in recent memory. Of course, all that snow means an increased avalanche risk, so  make sure you’re heeding local weather advisories. [http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20121219-serious-snowfall-in-the-alps-this-december]}}
{{newsitem|Ceasefire in Syria|October 26, 2012| For the past couple of months everybody was observing the fierce fighting happening in [[Syria]]. Activists say more than 35,000 people have been killed since then, while the UN estimates that at least 20,000 have died [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20087416]. However, on October 25th 2012 Syria’s government and rebel leaders have agreed a four-day ceasefire to begin on Friday October 26th 2012 for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20087416]. There are many doubts if the agreement holds since previous attempts at ceasefires in [[Syria]] had collapsed, and the violence had continued to escalate. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, welcomed the announcement, but his spokesman said the "world is now watching" to see if the guns fall silent on Friday[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9634345/Syria-Bashar-al-Assad-agrees-to-ceasefire-but-rebels-advance-in-Aleppo.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Delta Air Lines expands Caribbean connections|20 Dec 2012| Delta Air Lines has announced it will offer new and expanded service to five popular destinations in the Caribbean and Bermuda from John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Delta introduced these additional flights as a response to an increased demand for more connections between New York and tourist destinations in the Caribbean.[http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/delta-air-lines-expands-caribbean-connections/]}}
 
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{{newsitem| Soldiers turn hijackers of North Korea ship in Somali port |19 Dec 2012| A dozen soldiers guarding a North Korean ship impounded in Somalia's autonomous Puntland region for maritime violations have hijacked the vessel and its 33 crew. Puntland had been the epicenter of Somali piracy but the use of armed guards on ships and a concerted crackdown by international navies has seen the number of successful pirate hijackings fall in 2012. [http://news.yahoo.com/soldiers-turn-hijackers-north-korea-ship-somali-port-114721160.html]}}
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{{newsitem| New Air Canada Discount Carrier |19 Dec 2012| Air Canada is birthing a brand-new low-cost carrier in 2013. The discount airline, called Rouge, will debut on July 1. Tickets for Rouge, which will operate 14 weekly flights from Canada to destinations in Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean, are on sale now. Some of the destinations to be served include Athens, Venice, and Edinburgh in Europe, as well as various Caribbean and Central American spots like Punta Cana, Kingston, San Jose, and Puerto Plata. The airline will fly from two departure cities: Montreal and Toronto. [http://www.smartertravel.com]}}
  
 
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{{newsitem|Traditional Christmas Markets, Germany|November 23- December 23 2012| The events are taking place nationwide with over 2,500 markets that will illuminate Germany's town squares. You would be able to see eautifully decorated stalls that offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, glühwein and delicious regional specialities. All the while, choirs and brass-bands provide festive musical accompaniment. Particularly popular with visitors are [[Nuremberg]]'s Christkindlesmarkt and the Striezelmarkt in [[Dresden]].[http://www.germany.travel/en/specials/christmas/christmas.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Deer Dance Festival, Belize|19-21 Dec 2012| A fascinating hybrid of Christian and ancient Mayan culture, Crique Jute's Deer Dance Festival is off the beaten track, but well worth a detour. Obscure ritualistic dances are performed and participants attend to the elaborate preparation of a greasy pole. The ancient deer dance, involving an elaborate and ritualized hunt of a deer, is acted out to the music of homemade harps and violins. One man is dressed as the deer itself and several others as tigers, women and hunting dogs. The hunt procession parades to the village of San Antonio and the "deer" is chased into the forest before being brought back for the ceremonial final attack and killing. [http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp2/event/540477]}}
{{newsitem|Holiday Folk Fair International, Milwaukee|November, 16-18 2012| The three-day event features the All Nations Theater with traditional music and dance, the World Cafe offering traditional dishes, the International Stage where young people perform their ethnic dances, the Music Pavilion with a variety of musical styles, Heritage Lane with unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits, the International Bazaar where cultural artifacts create a unique shopping experience, and the Callen Construction Cooking Demonstration Stage featuring local chefs preparing traditional cuisine. Holiday Folk Fair International will also host a United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Sat., Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. and a 5K Run/Walk on Sun.,Nov. 18, at 9:00 a.m.[http://www.folkfair.org/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Burning The Clocks, Brighton|21 Dec 2012| Celebrating the winter solstice's longest night of the year, Brighton's annual Burning The Clocks includes a lantern parade that illuminates the darkness of winter. Many of the paper lanterns are burnt too, on the beach next to Madeira Drive. Each year 20,000 or so come to watch the parade of 1000 carrying their lanterns [http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp2/event/495478]}}
{{newsitem|Diwali- Festival of Lights|November 13, 2012|Diwali represents the start of the Hindu New Year and is celebrated as the victory of light over darkness. Lots of small clay lamps and candles are lit and placed in houses, and fireworks are let off everywhere, giving Diwali its name of "Festival of Lights". The festival is also celebrated in many cities in United States [http://goindia.about.com/od/festivalsevents/tp/india-in-november.htm].}}  
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{{newsitem|Oaxaca Radish Festival, Mexico |23 Dec 2012| This is a Mexican festival, known as Noche de Rábanos in Spanish. Everyone gathers in the Plaza Zócalo and an exhibition of sculptures made from a type of large red radish which can weigh up to 3.00 kilograms ensues. Sculptures are made to look like to Jesus and other regulars to the nativity scene as well as local folklore characters. This event manages to attract thousands of spectators every year, the event builds up from about a week before with local events organized and artists keeping their radishes fresh by spraying them with water. This event manages to attract thousands of spectators every year, the event builds up from about a week before with local events organized and artists keeping their radishes fresh by spraying them with water [http://www.festivalpig.com/Oaxaca-Radish-Festival.html]}}
{{newsitem|Hawaii's Coffee Cultural Festival|November 2-11, 2012|[[Hawaii]]'s longest-running food and coffee festival revolves around America's favorite caffeinated beverage. The ten-day Kona Coffee Cultural Festival offers community events such as art exhibits, Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant, cupping competition, a coffee-bean picking contest and parades[http://www.konacoffeefest.com/].}}  
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{{newsitem|Traditional Christmas Markets, Germany|till 23 Dec 2012| The events are taking place nationwide with over 2,500 markets that will illuminate Germany's town squares. You would be able to see beautifully decorated stalls that offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, glühwein and delicious regional specialties. All the while, choirs and brass-bands provide festive musical accompaniment. Particularly popular with visitors are [[Nuremberg]]'s Christkindlesmarkt and the Striezelmarkt in [[Dresden]].[http://www.germany.travel/en/specials/christmas/christmas.html]}}
{{newsitem|White Truffle Fair in Italy|October 6- November 18, 2012|Northwest [[Italy]]'s Piedmont region celebrates the [[Alba]] International White Truffle Fair, staged every weekend from early October through mid-November. Alba truffle, the world's most prized and pungent tubers are named for [[Alba]], a medieval town located about an hour's train ride southeast of [[Turin]].[http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-fall-2012]}}
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{{newsitem|Bridgewater Festival of Lights, Bridgewater|till 25 Dec 2012| The festival features an incredible display of 200,000 lights holiday lights, including a huge animated village the entire family can walk through together. You will be able to taste and feel the holiday season, sipping on a cup of hot chocolate while standing beside a roaring fire. Hours of operation are 4:45pm to 8:30pm weeknights and 4:45pm to 9:30pm weekends. This is going to be the last year of the festival. [http://bridgewaterfestivaloflights.com/index.php] }}
 
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{{newsitem| Sunburn Festival, Candolim Beach, Goa|27-29 Dec 2012| The Sunburn Festival is a non-stop three day celebration of music. The festival also provides the attendee with scrumptious fare, excellent entertainment, and shopping experience.The Sunburn Festival is the time when the atmosphere in Goa gets frenetic with wild beach parties that are being held all around the tropical paradise and various artists performing round the clock. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/sunburn-festival-goa.aspx]}}
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{{newsitem| Scotland Fire Festival, Stonehaven|31 Dec 2012| At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, sixty kilt-wearing participants light up the high street of this North Sea fishing port, whirling 16-pound flaming balls, attached to five foot long wire ropes, over and around their heads. The marchers, accompanied by pipers and drummers, make their way through the center of town from the Market Cross to the harbor, where they throw their flaming balls into the sea. [http://thecheaproute.com/12/121/scotland-fire-festival-in-stonehaven-aberdeenshire.html]}}
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{{newsitem| 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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{{newsitem| 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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Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland and is especially worth visiting during December because it is a home to Santa Claus. Most tourists come to visit Santa Claus Village where they can meet Santa himself and spend their time in Santapark- a vibrant, underground amusement park. In Rovaniemi you can try all sorts of cold and snowy activities like snowmobile safaris and dog sledding. (more...)

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Chefchaouen is a gorgeous mountain city in northeastern Morocco. The picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, is filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents, and the call to prayer rings out of several mosques around the town in chorus. If you've got a few days to relax from the rigors of travel, this is a good place to do it. (more...)


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