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Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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Holidays, Celebrations and Festivals in Tanzania

  • Shafina Bandali
  • 14 December 2010

The multicultural country of Tanzania is home to an incredible range of tribes and religions. Due to this mixing and mingling of cultures – the majority of the population is Muslim, followed by Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other local tribes – there is no shortage of exciting holidays, a diversity of festivities in which everyone takes real pride. Tanzanians respect each other’s religious differences and enjoy a few notable celebrations, including Eid ul-Fitr, Christmas, Navratri and Diwali.

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Eid in the Maldives, an Islamic Celebration of Generosity

  • Ahmed Afrah
  • 12 December 2010

The Muslim festivals of Eid can be said to be the Islamic equivalent of Christmas. They are the most important religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and Eid al-Adha celebrates the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. In the Maldives, like all other Islamic nations all over the world, Eid is celebrated in a unique way, but one quality everywhere is the importance of the traditions of generosity and hospitality in Islam.

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Sikh Pilgrimage in Pakistan: Following in the Footprints of Guru Nanak Dev

  • Sadia Kalsoom
  • 7 December 2010

Pilgrimage is a common and important practice for adherents of many of the world’s major religions. By the hundreds and thousands, the Sikhs visit Pakistan each year to pay homage to the founder of their ancient religious order, Guru Nanak Dev. On three holy occasions, the government of Pakistan allows Sikhs to visit holy sites and ancient religious shrines, including the great Gurdwaras, meaning ‘Gateway to the Guru’.

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Photo of the Week: A Warm Smile from an Elder in Uzbekistan

  • Nabikhan Utarbekov (photo), Lyudmila Vafaeva (text)
  • 4 April 2010

Uzbekistan is valued for many things, but its most precious treasures are its historical heritage, rich culture and, of course, its people. The cordiality and hospitality possessed by local citizens make acquaintance with them an unforgettable experience for people in Uzbekistan who have come from abroad.

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