What’s Happening around the World

Things to see, do, and follow on social media, August 18-24

Famadihana (Turning of the Bones),

Hauts plateaux, Madagascar


Every year in the highlands of Madagascar, families of Malagasy people gather to honor their dead family members. Families exhume the bodies of their family members once every 2 or 7 years. They cover the bodies with fresh silk clothes and throw a party. The practice is a chance for extended family to come together and celebrate the memory of those past. It has been described as an act of love and a way to remember the dead.


Crayfish Parties

Nordic Countries


Throughout August, friends and family gather in Nordic countries for crayfish parties. The practice originated in Sweden and is similar to American BBQ parties. Traditionally, the crayfish are boiled in a brine mixture and topped with crown dill. Beer and schnapps are in ready supply and the festivities can get rowdy with drinking songs and games. Party accessories include paper tablecloths, lanterns, and hats that are decorated with depictions of the man in the moon.

Festival de Tango

Buenos Aires, Argentina

August 10-23

Venues pop up across Buenos Aires to celebrate the sultry dance of tango. Concerts, performances and classes are part of the fun and all the events are free. The festival includes a fair selling every piece of tango related regalia you’ll need to dance your heart out.


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Rose of Tralee

Tralee, Country Kerry, Ireland

August 16-22

Each year, the 32 counties of Ireland select a young woman to be a “rose.” Out of the 32 women, one is crowned the Rose based on her personality and ability to be a good role model. The contest is not a beauty pageant and the Rose must display the attributes found in the ballad “The Rose of Tralee” by C. Mordaunt Spencer and Charles William Glover.


Mount Hagen Show

Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea

August 19-20

Tribes gather the third week of August for the biggest singsing (tribal gathering) in Papau New Guinea. Clad in feathers, elaborate headdresses, body paint and other traditional dress, which includes shells, board tusks and fur, tribes perform dances. Over 100 tribes participate and the tribe that garners the biggest reaction from the crowd wins the show.


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Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival

Llandrindod Wells, Wales

August 21-27, 2017

If you have always wanted to dress in high-necked dresses and petti coats, travel by horse and carriage and carry around lace umbrellas, this is the festival for you. The small town of Llandridod Wells transforms into a Victorian town and participants dress in costume. Visitors will feel transported back in time. The events held throughout the week are family friendly and include music, shows, dancing and of course, tea time.




Vivian Farmer
After reading books about far off places as a child, Vivian was hooked on travel writing. She traveled during her college years and wrote about wine, oil painting and wild hogs. She's planning her next adventures and writing about anything and everything travel related.