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What`s on around the world: Events and festivals from Europe to Asia

Events in August and September from the largest music festival in the world in Cologne to the Samba Festival in Tokyo and Krishna`s birthday celebrations in Mumbai…

Events in August and September from the largest music festival in the world in Cologne to the Samba Festival in Tokyo and Krishna`s birthday celebrations in Mumbai .

DANCE AWAY AT THE COLOGNE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Cologne claims to host the largest music festival in the world, which takes place this year 15-17 August and is known locally as Musikfest am Ring. This free event draws up to two and half million people into the city and features around 2000 artists on ten stages. Cologne also has plenty of other attractions including its large cathedral, collection of Romanesque churches and the city`s distinctive top-fermented ale, KÖlsch, which the waiters carry around in thin 20 cl glasses in racks. Flight Centre has two-night breaks to Cologne from £195 per person including accommodation at the two-star Flandrischer Hotel and return flights between 15 August and 31 October on BA.

CARNIVAL TIME IN JAPAN

The Japanese do Rio in the Asakusa Samba Festival in Tokyo 16-18 August. The Asakusa area comes alive with beautiful girls, colourful costumes and Latin sounds in this annual carnival that has all the authentic Brazilian ingredients. These include samba groups from all over Japan each with its own musical and percussion band. This area of Japan is worth exploring afterwards as it still has an atmosphere of old Tokyo with traditional shops and restaurants. Flight Centre is offering flights to Tokyo from £389 during August on Lufthansa. Accommodation can be arranged from £41 per person per night at the two-star Sky Court Hotel in Asakusa.

JOIN IN KRISHNA`S BIRTHDAY CELEBATIONS IN MUMBAI

Krishna is known as one of the cheekier Hindu gods and the city of Mumbai celebrates his birth in a completely irreverent way with pots of yoghurt and human pyramids. This mimic`s Krishna`s childhood, which he spent flirting with milkmaids and stealing butter, kept from beyond his reach by his parents. The people of Mumbai string pots of curd and butter between the buildings and people try to form human pyramids to try and get to the pots. This can be a very unusual sight for tourists in Mumbai on 20 August. Flight Centre has flights to Mumbai for £435 per person in August on Swiss International Airlines. Accommodation can be arranged from £35 per person per night at the four-star Fariyas Hotel based on two sharing.

FIESTA TIME IN MEXICO

Join thousands in the Zocalo, Mexico City`s historic central square to celebrate the country`s independence from the Spanish on 15-16 September. Every year there are re-enactments, parades and parties, and after the President comes onto the balcony of the Palacio National and rings the ceremonial bell the crowd erupts, fireworks are let off and the fiesta really begins. Flight Centre has flights to Mexico City for £435 per person during September on Lufthansa. Accommodation can be arranged from £19 per person per night based on two sharing at the three-star Metropole Hotel.

CHILEAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

Chilean`s take great pride in celebrating their Independence from the Spanish too and there is no better place to join in the celebrations on 18 September than the town of Rancagua, just south of Santiago. Renowned as a party town, which offers much music, dancing and high spirits, there is also the historical significance of being the place where Bernado O` Higgins, the first head of State for Chile, tried in vain to liberate the town from the Spanish in 1814. He manage it however three years later with the help of General Jose de San Martin. Flight Centre has a five-night break to Santiago for £679 per person including flights on LAN Chile and accommodation at the two-star Tupahue Hotel between 1 September and 31 October.

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Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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