Spice Up Your Life at India Fest

In October we were lucky enough to attend the inaugural India Fest in Townsville, which coincides with India’s Festival of Lights. We were not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the variety and ambiance of the festival. I would say it is one of the best cultural festivals we have here in…

Best Carnivals Around the World

Carnival is the religious festive season which occurs immediately before Lent (the six weeks directly before Easter marked by fasting), traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Cologne, Germany Beginning 11th November and going through winter, Germans celebrate during Karneval, aka Fasching. In cologne events include…

Lumbini: the birthplace of Lord Buddha

Lumbini is a major Buddhist site which represents the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. It is within the Nepal Terai, a subtropical chain of forests, marshes and grasslands, between the Indian border and Siawalik Range of the Himalayas. Lumbini has been described as the earliest Buddha shrine dating to c. 550 BCE. The site was…