Vic Falls Carnival (Zimbabwe)

Dec 29-31

In the shadow of ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, Vic Falls Carnival rages in to the New Year with salsa, circus acts and DJ sets until the sun comes up. Parties are interspersed with activities ranging from daring to ridiculous, and there’s even the chance to take a traditional steam train to a rave in the African Bush. All aboard.

WHERE: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

WHY GO: As well as wild landscapes, there will be artists piling in from all over western Africa. So far for this year Goldfish Live, Beatenberg, Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi and Winky D have been announced.

WHAT ELSE? Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime location with elephant safaris, white water rafting, or, if you’re feeling gutsy, a bungee jump over the gorge. For views to the Falls, brave a dip in the famous Devil’s Pool.

HOW MUCH: From ZAR550 for one day to ZAR1,100 for a three-day pass.

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P’Chum Ben (Cambodia)

Oct 14

P’Chum Ben is a time when the Khmer people believe spirits of dead ancestors rise and walk the Earth.

Offerings are made at temples as early as 4am as people go to give the spirits food to eat in an attempt to ease their suffering.

Most commonly, sticky rice is thrown onto the ground for the spirits as it is said to be the easiest thing for them to eat.

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Deepavali (Malaysia)

Oct 23

Often known as the Festival of Lights, Deepavali is one of the most important events in the Hindu calendar.

Celebrated in communities throughout the world, the festival signifies the triumph of good over evil and light over dark.

Candles and lanterns will be lit to guide souls of the deceased back to their loved ones.