Every country has its annual festivals and celebrations that attract visitors from all over the world. Special events that celebrate all aspects of our shared cultural values and history from annual gatherings promoting a region’s heritage to one-off anniversaries honoring battles won and lost along with other major turning points in history to highlighting global passions such as sports and faith. Here are some of our most popular upcoming faith-related events and anniversaries to include as a “wow” factors in your groups’ itineraries.
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OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY
Every 10 years in the tiny village of Oberammergau, 60 miles from Munich, the Passion Play comes alive as the local inhabitants stage an elaborate 5 month event to honor a 400 year old pledge. The reenactment of the Crucifixion of Christ is acted out on open air stages and is a fascinating celebration not to be missed. The 7-hour play is performed 5 days a week starting at 2:30pm with a dinner break and ends at 10:30pm. Since it only takes place every 10 years, the global interest is huge and early booking of your group is essential. We also have some great itinerary ideas for pre/post touring options to see more of Germany and surrounding countries.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
August 21-26, 2018
Goway Travel Ltd., one of North America’s largest tour companies, invites you to join your fellow Catholics in historic Dublin, Ireland for a momentous celebration of faith, family, and prayer. Everybody is invited to come together with Pope Francis in Dublin for this joyful 5-day festival to share experiences and grow together in solidarity of Church and faith in August, 2018. With the theme chosen by the Pope, The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World, the 9th World Meeting of Families is guaranteed to be a great success. Goway Travel Ltd., in partnership with Abbey Tours Ireland, is your preferred travel company in North America for tickets & registration details and for all your pre & post travel arrangements.
CELEBRATE EASTER IN MALTA
Easter Week annually.
Malta is the perfect retreat for those wanting to celebrate their Roman Catholic heritage — the climate is warm and healthy, the culture is unique and inviting, the history is fascinating and faith-based, and the people are friendly and welcoming. The Islands present a kaleidoscope of past and present; a fascinating legacy of European culture and rural Mediterranean traditions. Religion plays a very important role in modern-day Malta, and, at no time is it more evident than at “festa time”—the joyous celebration of the parish feast. One of the great festas in Malta is celebrated at Easter and a cultural immersion for 10-12 days will fill your group with the joy and fellowship felt at this magical time of year.
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN ISRAEL
Bethlehem & Jerusalem
Christmas Week annually
The iconic towns of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, home of many historic and biblical events are two of the world’s oldest and holiest religious centres and there is no better time to experience their wonders than during the Christmas season. With visits to the Mount of Olives, to exploring the Old City of Jerusalem including the Armenian and Jewish Quarters, the Wailing Wall, the room of the Last Supper, Via Delarosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the magic of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity all midst the glories of the celebration of Christ’s birth and the warm embrace of group fellowship.
Special Note: Groups must book at least 1 year prior to any global faith-based event as space fills up fast!