GeoSpotlight: Global Events

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes- Turkey

Whirling Dervishes, also known as the Mevlevi Order, have been dancing the ‘sema’ on the same date for 750 years to mark the death of Rumi, the Afghan poet who produced most of his work in Konya. Learn More »




Día de los Muertos- Mexico

Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is celebrated every year in honor of deceased friends and family. Typical traditions consist of constructing alters, making offerings, creating sugar skulls, eating traditional foods, putting on parades, and other events with the purpose of commemoration.  Learn More »


Oktoberfest- Germany

Oktoberfest is a 16 day annual festival held in Munich, Germany. The first Oktoberfest was celebrated in 1810, in celebration of Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today, it is considered to be the largest beer festival in the world with 7 million participants and the consumption of over 6 million liters of beer.  Learn More »


Epcot International Food & Wine Festival- Walt Disney World Resort, FL

This 75 day food and wine festival, taking place at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, wil be held from August 30th to November 12th for its 23rd year. Many people travel to enjoy the festival's fine dining events, celeberty chefs, and musical performances during the fall months.  Learn More »


La Tomatina- Spain

La Tomatina is a festival which takes place on the last Wednesday of August, in the town of Buñol, located in the Valencia region in Spain. Beginning in the 1940's, today thousands of people still gather to partake in this giant "food fight" every year, throwing tomoatoes at each other throghout the streets of the city. Learn More »


Notting Hill Carnival- London

Notting Hill Carnival is one of the highlights of London's summer calendar. Every August bank holiday weekend, the normally sedate Notting hill explodes into a riot of steel drums, exuberantly decorated floats, and exciting performers.  Learn More »


Hajj- Saudi Arabia

Hajj refers to a Muslim’s pilgrimage to Mecca and is one of the five pillars of Islam. Millions of Muslims participate in this holy event anually, completing a variety of rituals throughout the five days. It is obligatory for those of the Muslim religion to complete Hajj at least once in their lives, with the aim of strengthening one's faith and cleaning them of their sins.  Learn More »


Edinburgh Festival Fringe- Scotland

For three weeks in August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place in Scotland. Beginning in 1947, this is now the world's largest art festival, featuring shows in theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, circus, physical theatre, children's shows, musicals, operas, spoken words, music, and events. Thousands of people from around the globe flock to Scotland in August to take part in this annual festival.  Learn More »