Our top 4 ideas in July

Perahera, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is endowed with a breathtaking legacy of colourful festivals. The 10-day celebrations of Kandy Perahera is one of the most important. Held in July/August each year, the festival involves processions and richly decorated elephants, as the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha is paraded through the streets.

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Gion Festival

Gion Festival, Kyoto

The Gion festival in Kyoto is one of Japan’s most important and longest festivals lasting for the whole of the month of July. It culminates in an elaborate parade when the streets play host to street vendors plying their traditional Japanese food and sweets and floats luminate the streets. The 32 floats of the festival are of two types, yama and hoko. Yama floats depict scenes from Chinese and Japanese history and mythology and often bear pine trees, shrines, and mannequins. The hoko are massive 2-storied, nearly 10-ton combinations of music hall and museum that are hauled by teams of up to 50 men.

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Tortuguero

Green and Hawksbill Turtles Nest in Tortuguero National Park - Costa Rica. 

Lying amongst the wetlands and jungles of north eastern Costa Rica, the Tortugero National Park is 312sq km of astounding natural diversity, with no fewer than 11 different habitats on offer. Only reachable by boat or plane, the parks' Caribbean beaches provide prime nesting sites for several species of sea turtles between February and October, however July is considered a prime month to witness this spectacle. In fact Tortuguero is the most important hatchery in the Western Caribbean for green sea turtles, with over 35 km of beaches protected for them. The park also provides one of the best destinations in the country for bird watching, whilst its rivers and forests are home to rare manatees, caimans, sloths and jaguars.

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Naadam Festival

Naadam Festival, Mongolia

The Nadaam festival, or eriyn gurvan nadaam, is the biggest festival of the year for Mongolians.Mongolians celebrated Naadam in old times. Since the 1921 Revolution Mongols started to celebrate Naadam to commemorate the great victory. The biggest festival is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar during the National Holiday, although other cities and towns across Mongolia have their own, smaller scale Naadam celebrations. Usually occurring in July, it runs for three days in all parts of the country and highlights the greatest athletes in horse racing, archery, and wrestling: Mongolia's most popular sports. Women participate in all but the wrestling category.

The word Nadaam means game or competition in Mongolian. Competitions take place on the first two days and merry-making is reserved for the third. This festival has been held for centuries as a form of memorial celebration, as an annual sacrificial ritual honouring various mountain gods or to celebrate a community endeavour. The festivities kick off with a colourful parade of athletes, monks, soldiers marching in perfect uniformity, musicians performing powerful military tunes, and Mongolians dressed in Chinggis-style warrior uniforms. 

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