The Spring Festival: More American Than Asian

The Spring Festival is a time of family reunion, feasting, and ritual.

Pii Mai in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Conjuring Laos at Wat Lao Sayaphoum

Every Pii Mai tradition is reincarnated at Wat Lao Sayaphoum—adapted to North Carolina, but recalling the grandeur of its original form.

In Search of Old Buck: Old Christmas on the Outer Banks

She continued, “We always knew there was no place on earth like Rodanthe at Old Christmas—it’s the only place to be on this date.”

The Last Day of the Mulid

Except that one such Mulid evening, I was surprised to see a tent that had not yet been dismantled.

Kanvar Mela: Adventure Holiday – Indian Style

In India, celebration and enjoyment are ingrained in the culture and mostly connected with the Divine.

Have Camera, Will Travel

Naturally, when I photograph events or festivals, people enjoy being photographed; they like being seen and memorialized when performing or participating in a parade.

A “Good Night” in Miami

Noche Buena was the night my cousins and I would run amok in manicured backyards only a decade removed from swamp.

Festivals, common to all cultures, fascinate by the variety of their origins, their rituals, and their importance in terms of sheer numbers. From narrowly local to international, from religious to secular, they reflect the deep particularities of their distinctive cultures. In the Summer 2017 issue, South Writ Large explores a range of festivals that celebrate occasions at different times of the year in many parts of the world.