Upcoming Global Rituals
Uttarayan Kite festival in Gujarat, India
January 7th - January 14th
During Uttarayan, one of India’s most eagerly awaited celebrations, the International Kite Festival in the state of Gujarat sees millions of kites colour the skies in what is believed to be the world’s biggest kite fest. Transcending religion and geography, people from all over India and abroad participate in this incredible kite extravaganza that marks Makara Sankranti or the beginning of summer.
Benin Voodoo Festival
The Voodoo Festival of Benin is celebrated across the entire country but most particularly in the coastal city of Ouidah. This national day of cults is also an official holiday in Benin. During an entire week, Gou the god of Iron, Elegbara the Messenger, Kokou the Warrior, Zangbeto the guardian of the Night, Mami Wata goddess of Water, and other deities are honoured with ancestral cult practices where thousands of voodoo adherents, traditional chiefs and shamans participate in dozens of ceremonies.
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taiwan
Experience the magic of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in February when thousands of glowing lights float up into the ink black sky above the small hillside village of Shifen in northern Taiwan.
Every year, at the start of the planting season, farmers would write messages on a sky lantern asking for a plentiful harvest and other wishes, and release it into the heavens to the gods and ancestors. Reminiscent of the Yi Peng Festival in northern Thailand, the release of the sky lanterns eventually grew into a local event in the Pingxi area of northern Taiwan.