Cigars, Rum and an Ancient Ritual By Sheila Mary Koch Tobacco fog filled the Old Havana apartment where I waited with three generations of Cuban women for my first Espiritu ceremony to begin. The five of us sat in a semicircle facing an altar covered with glasses of water, flowers, cigars and a single candle. […]
Cultures & Festivals
Festivals around the world and what cultures are all about are explored in these GoNOMAD Travel articles.
Thailand’s Beautiful Loi Krathong Festival On the River of Kings By Grace Ertel November is a great month to visit Thailand. The rainy season has ended and the air is not as humid. I was lucky enough to arrive during the November full moon, the time of Loi Krathong, one of the country’s most beautiful […]
By Nancy Cooper Frank I came for the camels, but stayed for the “Holy Dip.” Such is the dual nature of the Pushkar Camel Fair. Every fall, a huge livestock bazaar engulfs the sacred little town of Pushkar in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. Hundreds of thousands of nomads and camels arrive in the […]
Learning from the Dalai Lama: Attending The Sacred Kalachakra Initiation By Barbara Sansone The Kalachakra Initiation is the largest and most important Buddhist ritual conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is traditionally given to groups of people assembled from around the world, and therefore, is associated with the promotion of world peace. The […]