34 Awesome Holiday Celebrations Around the World

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Each year as fall slips into winter, people around the globe prepare to celebrate. The season brings Christmas, of course — in myriad variations around the world — and it also is a time for Jewish, Buddhist, African-American and pagan celebrations, New Year’s observances that follow the modern (Gregorian) calendar plus those tied to the lunar calendar and others. If you choose this season for travel and have no budgetary constraints, you could hopscotch from one country to another and get in on dozens of great festivities. Here’s a sampling of the riches:

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