Kolkata, India during the Holi Fesival © Rudra Narayan Mitra / Shutterstock

Hundreds of festivals take place every year along the lengths of the Silk Road. From social and cultural rituals and religious ceremonies to sporting events and artistic displays, festivals embody the cultural identity of the people who live alongside the Silk Roads. Communities are unified at symbolic moments in the year in celebrations that display traditional clothing, food, music, dance and crafts of all kinds. They are also opportunities for exchange, as cultural treasures such as craftsmanship, recipes and songs are brought together and shared.

The Silk Road online platform presents, explains and promotes these festivals, as a vital part of the cultural life of Silk Road societies and as symbols of the vibrant cultures that have grown up along these routes.