Hundreds of festivals take place every year along the lengths of the Silk Roads. From social and cultural rituals and religious ceremonies to sporting events and artistic displays, festivals embody the cultural identity of the people who live along the Silk Roads. Communities are unified at symbolic moments in the year in celebrations that display traditional clothing, food, music, dance, and crafts of all kinds. They are also opportunities for exchange, as cultural treasures such as craftsmanship, recipes and songs are brought together and shared.
The Silk Roads online platform presents, explains and promotes these festivals as a vital part of the cultural life of Silk Roads societies and as symbols of the vibrant cultures that have grown up along these routes.
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Festivals along the Silk Roads
|Title Sort descending||Country||Festival themes|
|Al ‘azi, elegy, processional march and poetry||Oman||Music & folklore|
|Basant Kite Flying Festival||Pakistan||Traditions and social rituals|
|Marriage of Venice to the Sea||Italy||Traditions and social rituals|
|Naadam||Mongolia||Sporting events, Traditions and social rituals|
|The Lantern Festival||China||Traditions and social rituals|