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Amazing World-Wide Holiday Tour
Where on Earth?
"There's nothing like a holiday, so let's enjoy some as we tour the world and look at places of interest. Timing is everything - we need to be in the right place at the right time for an amazing world tour."
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The winter solstice is celebrated in many parts of the world, but in this small landlocked country at the eastern end of the Himalayas, bordered by India and China, it is officially celebrated on January 2 rather than in late December. In what country are we starting our holiday tour?
While others celebrate the Chinese New Year, I'm in Ho Chi Minh City celebrating Tet, on the same day. I love to visit the Municipal Theatre during my stay. In what Sinosphere country am I celebrating?
In mid-February, we are visiting a South American country whose national language is Portuguese. We must visit its famous beaches, and drop by Rio de Janeiro for Carnival (called Carnaval by the locals). In what country are we continuing our holiday tour?
Our next stop is the city of Tehran, where we hope to arrive in time for Persian New Year, which is celebrated around March 21 each year. In which Islamic country will we be celebrating this 3000 year old holiday?
It is early April and we will celebrate Easter in a European country known for many beautiful hilly forests such as the Black Forest, the Taunus, the Hunsrueck and the Sauerland. Which country are we in now?
April 25 finds us in the land of the koala and the kangaroo, where a famous battle of World War I is remembered on ANZAC Day. You might take the opportunity to visit Sydney, with its famous Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House situated on Bennelong Point. What country are we visiting now?
Our next country is the largest in the world, bordering all of Finland, Georgia, China and, via a maritime boundary, the United States. One of its national holidays is celebrated on May 9 as Victory Day. What country are we in?
Early June in Beijing is the perfect time to watch celebrations of the Dragon Boat festival, before heading off to visit the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army. What country must we fly to in order to do this?
It is June 22 - let us celebrate the summer solstice with some Gaelic druids! Situated on the northern part of an island, our next country is not currently an independent nation but part of a larger kingdom. With major cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, where are we now?
The Fourth of July is Independence Day for a North American country which is home to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and the Everglades - three very different sites. To what country will our next flight take us so we can be there in time for the fireworks?
United States of America
Another famous national holiday is celebrated in a West European country on the 14th of July. The country is roughly shaped like a hexagon and its main rivers include the Seine and Rhone. What is it called?
Well, this is a strange country - it has three capitals, and eleven official national languages! In what country can we celebrate Mandela Day on July 18?
We must make sure we are in this North American country, whose name comes from a native word for settlement, for the second Monday in October if we want to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. Depending on which part of the country we visit, we may find ourselves speaking either French or English. What country, with the second-largest area in the world, will we be visiting?
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated in many Asian countries. In which of these countries can we combine a visit to the Taj Mahal and a tour of Bollywood with our participation in Diwali?
Christmas time! While we could choose many countries in which to celebrate this holiday, let us pick a fjord near the Nordkapp where the sun has not risen for several weeks and enjoy the Northern Lights. Which country would we be in now?
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