To grasp the power of poet Rumi, head to this 10-day festival in Konya, a 1hr15min flight from Istanbul. Whirling dervishes spin to commemorate the poet’s death, a tradition that has been on since 1273, and is a glorious spectacle to witness.
Where: Konya, Turkey | Duration 10 Dec - 17 Dec
What could be better than bringing in the New Year on a beach in Rio? Watch stunning firework displays and follow the crowds to participate in a plethora of good-luck traditions to usher in a grander future.
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Duration 31 Dec - 1 Jan