How well do you know world festivals?

Festival season is in full swing, but how well do you really know cultural celebrations around the world? We’ll be impressed if you can get more than half right in today’s tough quiz…

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1. Glastonbury Festival is world famous, but can you name the farm it’s held on?


2. The New Orleans Jazz Festival is one of the oldest of its kind. But in what year was it first held?


3. Peru’s Inti Raymi takes place around which time of year?


4. Pahiyas is a huge harvest festival where homes are decorated in fruit, vegetables, kipings and other produce. Where is it celebrated?


5. As part of which UNESCO-listed festival do indigenous people take a boat across Pátzcuaro Lake to an island called Janitzio for a night-time vigil?


6. Night skies become illuminated at Yi Peng Lantern Festival. In which city is it celebrated?


7. The Valencian town of Buñol is famous for which August festival?


8. On which Caribbean island would you be able to join in with the carnival celebrations of Spicemas?


9. Expect ice-lantern exhibitions, alpine skiing, and snow sculpture competitions at China’s Harbin Ice Festival. But how long does the festival averagely last?


10. You’ll find incredible floats and sculptures decorated with lemons and oranges at Fête du Citron. But where does the festival take place?


11. What is the name of the Hindu festival observed in the honour of the goddess Durga and spanning over nine nights?


12. Can you name the festival in Chad where Wodaabe tribal men beautify themselves in make up and jewellery in search for a partner?


13. Up Helly Aa takes place on the last Tuesday of January on which Scottish island?


14. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world’s most important pride events. Which major anniversary did it celebrate in 2023?


15. The Muslim holiday of Milad un Nabi celebrates what event?