Chinese New Year

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Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Travel to Vienna, Austria, to explore the Wiener Christkinlmarkt. This traditional Christmas market, located in City Hall Square, has 145 stalls selling spiced wine, gingerbread, unique arts and crafts and much more.
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Christmas Mariachi Festival

Christmas Mariachi Festival

Christmas Mariachi Festival
Mariachi bands heat things up in Phoenix, AZ, during the holidays. This annual festival features the best, well-known mariachi singers and bands from Latin America, including Jose Feliciano and Vikki Carr.
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Miami's White Party Week

Miami's White Party Week

White Party Week
Experience the Miami Beach lifestyle, and enjoy good food and drink during 6 days of all-male and all-female parties, including the Women’s White Party Weekend. Party-goers spend money that goes to Care Resource, a organization that funds multiple HIV/AIDS programs.
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Chicago's Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

Chicago's Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights
If you’re visiting Chicago during the holidays, check out this illuminated festival. It’s known for its holiday-inspired store window displays, and its star-studded Disney procession on opening day. Be sure to get a front row seat to see the parade, live music and fireworks.
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Catalan Christmas Fair

Catalan Christmas Fair

Catalan Christmas Fair
This fair, held outside of the Barcelona Cathedral, has 300 stalls selling seasonal goods, including Catalan nativity figures, mistletoe, Christmas trees and delicious treats like Christmas biscuits.
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Catalan Christmas Fair  

Key West Shoe Drop

Key West Shoe Drop

Key West Sushi Drop
Celebrate your New Year’s Eve in Key West, watching a campy, extravagantly dressed drag queen being lowered from the Bourbon Street Pub, in a large, red, high-heel shoe. Once the drag queen has dropped, ring in the New Year at the fabulous block party.
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Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival
It’s 1 of the largest ice festivals in the world, and it attracts 1,000s of people to Northeastern China, to see snow carvings, ice sculptures, fireworks. There’s also skiing, ice sliding and swimming, for those who can take the chilly, subzero dip in the Songhua River.
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Taste of Christmas

Taste of Christmas

Taste of Christmas
This annual event in London has the UK’s leading chefs demonstrate their techniques for holiday food preparation. There are also special tasting workshops for wine, cheese and chocolate.
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Taste of Christmas  

Melbourne's Midsumma

Melbourne's Midsumma

Melbourne's Midsumma
This annual LGBT arts and culture festival celebrates queer arts with exhibitions, musical and theater performances, live bands, picnics, dance parties and sporting events.
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New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach

New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach

Rio’s Copacabana Beach
Spend New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach, Brazil’s 2nd largest event outside of Carnival. Dance to live DJs, sip champagne at midnight, celebrate African traditions, watch fireworks and don't forget to wear white. Brazilians believe it symbolizes good luck.
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GFest/Gaywise Festival

GFest/Gaywise Festival

Gaywise Festival
GFest, organized by Wise Thoughts, is London’s annual arts festival, featuring leading and upcoming LGBT and queer artists. It includes musical performances, dance, visual arts, theater, LGBT short films, debates, workshops and parties.
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Amsterdam's Pink Christmas

Amsterdam's Pink Christmas

Pink Christmas
Hit the ice skating rink donned in gay apparel. Amsterdam’s Pink Christmas festival is a special holiday celebration for the LGBT community. Some of the events and activities include ice skating at Rembradtplein, a catwalk fashion show on Zeedijk Street and discounts at local gay bars and shops.
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Puerto Rican Day Parades
Puerto Rican Day Parades

Puerto Rican Day Parades

Locals celebrate during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Held on the second Sunday in June, it has become one of the largest parades in New York City with nearly 2 million spectators each year. Annual parades are also head in downtown Chicago and Philadelphia. 960 1280

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Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Colors of the rainbow brighten the downtown streets of San Juan. The capital is one of Puerto Rico’s most important seaports and one of the busiest in the Caribbean. 960 1280

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San Juan

San Juan

San Juan is known for its beautiful beaches -- but did you know that it’s also the second-oldest European city established in the Americas, second only to Santo Domingo? 960 1280

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El Morro Coast

El Morro Coast

A gorgeous view of San Juan Bay from El Morro. Also known as San Felipe Fort, El Morro Castle is a 16th-century, 6-level fortress that rises 140 feet above sea level. 960 1280

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Tostones

Tostones

Tostones, or twice-fried green (unripe) plantains, are a popular Puerto Rican dish. They’re served as an appetizer or side dish much like potato chips or French fries. 960 1280

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Capitol of Puerto Rico

Capitol of Puerto Rico

The Capitol of Puerto Rico, also referred to as Palacio de las Leyes (the Palace of the Laws) is located just outside the walls of Old San Juan. It was built in 1907, when Puerto Rico was still a colony of the United States. 960 1280

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Empanadas

Empanadas

Empanadas, made of of steak, chicken or fish breaded in flour and fried, are a delicious favorite dish in Puerto Rico and throughout South America. Just don’t confuse them with empanadillas, crescent-shaped turnovers filled with lobster, crab, conch or beef. 960 1280

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San Felipe Fort

San Felipe Fort

Behind the 18-foot-thick wall, El Morro is a maze of tunnels, dungeons and small, circular sentry boxes called garitas that have come to symbolize Puerto Rico. 960 1280

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Combate Beach

Combate Beach

In the south western tip of Puerto Rico known as Cabo Rojo, Combate Beach is a great escape from busy San Juan. 960 1280

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Bacalaito

Bacalaito

A favorite Puerto Rican dish is bacalaito, a codfish fritter. Bacalao (salted, dried codfish) is also the main ingredient in traditional Puerto Rican fish stew. 960 1280

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Casa de España

Casa de España

The Casa de España, a beautiful home in San Juan that’s not open to the public, hosts many events and is a photographers' dream. This estate was designed in 1932 by Puerto Rican architect Pedro de Castro. 960 1280

  

Taro Root

Taro Root

Several traditional Puerto Rican dishes are made with taro root. A similar root known as yautía is interchangeable with taro, and both are used in dishes such as sopón de pollo con arroz (chicken soup with rice). 960 1280

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