Spring is truly here in the northern hemisphere, while things are slowing down a bit in the south. Looking for somewhere amazing to go this May? Our picks this month are quite magical, with a bit of whimsy thrown in for balance. Without further ado, here’s some of the best things to do in May 2013…
Jerez horse fair
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: May 6-12
“In Jerez,” I was once told, “there are the horses, the wine, and flamenco.” While the feria celebrates horses, there’s plenty of sherry to drink and flamenco to watch or listen to as well. This is one of the biggest parties in Andalusia, with over one million visitors estimated to arrive — mad skills to watch, and good times to be had.
The Rose Festival
El-Kelaâ M’Gouna, Morocco: mid-May (harvest-dependent)
Morocco’s striking colours might not get much better than in the heart of its rose-growing region: El-Kelaâ M’Gouna. Each year, as the harvest is finished, the town parties — electing a Rose Queen for the year, enjoying outdoor markets and dances, and celebrating the roses and the rosewater that makes the area prosper.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival, HK
Hong Kong: May 17th
May is the month for Cheung Chau, a small island sitting just off of Hong Kong. After a three-day period of fasting, where the diet is strictly vegetarian, young men compete to snatch bread buns from steel pillars. In older times, these rocket-shaped towers were bamboo, but these days are made from steel and those who compete are in mountain-climbing safety harnesses… they are 20 meters tall, after all.
Waisak, Buddah’s birth
Borobudur, Indonesia: May 25
Every Buddhist country will be celebrating the Buddha’s birth this May 25th, but we choose to centre in on Borobudur. Thousands of pilgrims make their way to the world’s largest Buddhist temple for a three-way celebration: the Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment and his attainment of nirvana. If you’re nearby, don’t miss this: we’re expecting the procession of saffron-robed monks to reach three kilometers or longer, and that would be a sight to see!
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Competition
Brockworth, England: May 27th
There’s a lot going on in England this May, but we overlooked the Brighton Festival (May 4 – June 2) and several others to highlight the wonderful wackiness of the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Competition. Each year, in a series of races, hundreds chase a 7kg double-glouster cheese down Cooper’s Hill, with the prize being… the cheese itself. A steep hill, a muddy spring day, a broken leg or two? Sounds great.
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What are you up to in May? Doing something better than this? Tell us in the comments, and make us all jealous.