Top Festivals Around the World in May

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Top Festivals Around the World in May

Hamamatsu Festival

Hamamatsu, Japan: 3rd- 5th May 2018 (3rd-5th May 2019) Over the huge sand dunes of Nakatajima, more than 100 kites are flown until – the sound of a trumpet – the kite fliers compete to cut each other’s strings and bring the other kites down. Then by night, decorated floats parade through Hamamatsu’s city centre. Find out more.

Cinco de Mayo

Puebla City, Mexico:5th May 2018 (5th May 2019) Cinco de Mayo (5 May in Spanish) is mostly celebrated in the Puebla region of Mexico as this is the site of the battle. Here, re-enactments, as well as floats, mariachis and margarita, fuelled locals, keep the famous festival going into the night. Find out more.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong 19th -23rd May 2018 (12th-16th may 2019) Just a short ferry ride away from Hong Kong city, Cheung Chau Island is the setting for this boisterous annual celebration, with most of the events taking place at Pak Tai Temple as the most important religious site on the island. Over the week that coincides with Buddha’s birthday, bun-covered bamboo towers are erected, with lion dances, colourful parades in which participants dress as folkloric characters, and the festival’s main event, a bun scrambling competition. Find out more.

Primavera Sound

Barcelona, Spain 28th May - 3rd June 2018
(2019 TBA) The early-summer festival based in Barcelona, an event that finds room for everything from indie to R&B to experimental techno, and all while delivering an impressive line up of each one with acts such as Lorde, Björk and the Arctic Monkeys. Find out more.

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Top Festivals Around the World in March

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Top Festivals Around the World in March


The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 2nd-9th March 2019 (9-18 February  2018) A week festival that is held before lent every year with two million people per day, with an extravagant parade, dancing, colours and alcohol that makes this one of the most exciting and well-known festivals in the world. Find out more.

Mardi Gras

New Orleans, USA: 5th March 2019 (February 13, 2018) Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," The most popular time to visit New Orleans, is the last day of the Carnival season and never disappoints with beads, parades, music and dance. Find out more.

The Battle of the Oranges

Ivrea, Italy: 2nd-5th March 2019
(10-13 February 2018) An enormous food fight where people form organised teams and throw oranges at each other. Find out more.

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Nederland, Colorado: 9th- 11th March 2019
Known as one of the most unique and quirky festivals in the USA, Frozen Dead Guy Days takes place in the Colorado mountain town of Nederland, with three days of frosty hilarity featuring 30 live bands in heated tents and outrageous events like coffin races, costumed polar plunging, frozen t-shirt contests and much more. Find out more.

Calle Ocho

Miami, Florida, USA: 10th March 2019 (11th March 2018) Let the Latin beat take you away at the Calle Ocho street festival in Miami's Little Havana. An exciting Cuban street festival in Little Havana, with food and live music. Find out more.

Las Fallas

Valencia, Spain: 15th-19th March 2019 Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique festivals in Spain - a Spanish fiesta where the whole town is literally set alight. The focus of the festival is the creation and burning of giant carton floats. Find out more.

Saint Patrick’s Day Festival

Dublin, Ireland: 17th March
 2019 Irelands national holiday of parades, costumes, music, comedy, films, and drinking. It is a festival like no other that needs to be added to your bucketlist. Find out more.

Holi Festival

India: 20th -21st March 2019 
(1st-2nd March 2018) A Hindus and Sikh Festival, in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka that celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The main day of this incredibly fun 16-day religious festival is honoured by throwing coloured powder and water at each other. Find out more.

Ultra Music Festival

Miami, Florida:
 29th- 31st March 2019 The world's premier electronic music festival, boasting elite DJs and unparalleled production located in the beautiful city of Miami. Find out more.

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Top Festivals Around the World in April

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Top Festivals Around the World in April


Songkran Water Festival

Bangkok, Thailand: 13th- 15th April 2019 (13-15th April 2018) The Thai New Year festival falls on some of the hottest days in Thailand, and people celebrate by throwing water on each other, using water guns, buckets, hoses and even elephants. Find out more.

Sant Jordi Festival

Barcelona, Catalonia 23rd Apil 2019 
(23rd April 2018) Roses, books and lovers: Barcelona is full of them on 23 April. In Catalonia, the World Book Day becomes an especially romantic festivity. The people in Catalonia celebrate the day of their patron saint, Sant Jordi, with a curious tradition. Find out More.

Koningsdag (King’s Day)

Amsterdam, Netherlands: 27th April 2019 (27th April 2018) King's Day festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam's open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year.
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Sandfest, Port Aransas

Texas, USA: 27th-29th April 2019
An amazing sand sculpture contest with live entertainment. wander through the incredibly unique artistic displays of the largest sand sculpting fest and competition in the nation, that brings over 100,000 guests to the beaches of Port Aransas. Find out More.

 

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Top Festivals Around the World in January

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Top Festivals Around the World in January

Edinburgh Hogmanay looney dook

Edinburgh, Scotland: 1st January 2019 
The Loony Dook takes place on the first day of each new year. Were thousands of brave people dress up in fancy dress and throw themselves into the freezing cold water of the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, just a few miles out of the Scottish capital. This wonderful event brings an end to the amazing Edinburgh Hogmanay.
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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin, Heilongjiang, China: 5th January 2019 (February 5, 2018) People build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers. Come experience the world's largest ice festival in beautiful Harbin city. where sculptures and ice works of chilly art—all made from ice—are scattered throughout Harbin during this colourful two-month ice and snow sculpture festival each January and February. Find out more.

Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah, USA: 24th January - 3rd February 2019 The largest independent film festival in the US and a must for any film fan to Watch both feature-length films and shorts. Find out more.

Up Helly Aa Fire Festival

Lerwick, Scotland: 29th January 2019 
Torches, tar barreling, parties, flamboyant costumes, and the burning of a replica Viking ship make this an exciting festival. Find out more.

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Top Festivals Around the World in February

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Top Festivals Around the World in February

Chinese New Year 

Beijing, China: 5th February 2019
(February 16th, 2018) The biggest Chinese holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration, everywhere in China. Although Beijing isn’t the only place to celebrate the Chinese New Year it can be celebrated all over Asia. Find out more.


Carnival of Venice

Venice, Italy: 16th February 2019
(February 13, 2018) One of the most beautiful festivals in the world, people wear masks and elaborate costumes to hide differences among classes, and there are contests for the best costumes. Find out more.


Desert Festival of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, India: 17th-19th February 2019
(January 29th, 2018) A cultured festival of events such as camel racing, turban tying, and the longest moustache competition, this quirky Indian festival showcases the cultural wonders of Rajasthan. Find out more.

Pingxi Lantern Festival

Pingxi, Taiwan: 19th February 2019
(March 2nd, 2018). People write their wishes on fire lanterns and release them into the sky together, creating a beautiful spectacle of floating lights. Find out more.

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Ibiza Club Guide

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Ibiza is known as the clubbing capital of the world and has been since the 70’s, made famous by the big named acts that hit this small island every summer bringing the best clubbing experience that can be found. Ibiza has the most renowned clubs on the dance scene such as Pacha, Amnesia and space.  Whether your an Ibiza virgin or a regular goer keep up to date with our Ibiza club guide.
Amnesia
Located in the middle of the island, near San Rafael
has long been the backdrop for some unforgettable clubbing moments, with two massive rooms - one a dark cave and the other a wide arena that is flooded with light when the sun rises.
Popular Parties: Cocoon, Cream, Music On, Together.
Prices: Expect to pay from €40 to €50 for most parties, depending on the month. Spirit and mixers cost around €15 or more and a beer €13. Water is €9. *The bars upstairs are more expensive.*
Address: Carrer de Sant Antoni, 14, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain
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DC10
Located near the airport on the road to Las Salinas
Now famous for being Ibiza's underground club, DC-10 has reached its elevated position thanks to offering a unique experience in Ibiza's clubbing environment. In contrast to the rest of the clubs, it still does little or no publicity for its parties, meaning those who go are in the know and there for one reason: the music. DC-10's longevity and success is ultimately thanks to a devotion to providing solid, quality underground electronic music.
Popular Parties: Circoloco, Paradise.
Prices:DC-10 is cheap (relatively speaking). Expect to pay no more than €30 for Circoloco. Entry on other days costs about €20 or less. A beer or water will cost you €5-7 and a mixer no more than €10.
Address: Diseminado es Moli, 9448, 07818 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Illes Balears, Spain
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Es Paradis
Located on the waterfront in San Antonio
Quite possibly the most beautiful club on the island and as the name suggests, it certainly has a paradise feel to it. A labyrinth of secret gardens that oozes glam, Es Paradis has been around since the mid '70s and is one of the original charms of Ibiza's nightlife.
Popular Parties: Fiesta Del Agua, Glow Neon Paint Party.
Prices: Expect to pay around 20 - 40€. A beer should cost around 7€, vodka limon 10€. Reduced price flyers and occasional free entry tickets are available from bars around San Antonio.
Address: Carrer Salvador Espriu, 2, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain
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Benimussa Park
known as 'the Zoo', An open-air venue outside of San Antonio
Home to the world famous Zoo Project parties, Benimussa Park is one of the most unique venues on the island. If outdoor partying, fancy dress and quality electronic music is your bag, then you'll enjoy this.
Popular Parties: Zoo Project, Holi Festival.
Prices: Zoo Project parties cost in the region of 30-40€. A beer should cost around 6€, vodka limon 10€.
Address: Carrer del Romaní, 18, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain
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Eden
Located on the waterfront in San Antonio
Eden is the second superclub of San Antonio, Located metres away from its rival Es Paradis. Eden has previously been home to high profile events like Pete Tong, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen and more. Appropriating the symbol of the competition directly across the way - Es Paradis's apple - it was a signal of their intent to raise the stakes of the San Antonio clubbing scene. 
Popular Parties: Mansion, Judgment.
Prices: parties cost in the region of 25-30€. A beer should cost around 6€, vodka limon 9€.
Address: Calle Salvador Espriu, s/n, 07820, Illes Balears, Spain
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Ibiza Rocks Hotel
Located in the centre of San Antonio
In its decade-long lifespan on the island, Ibiza Rocks has proven there is much more to this island than superstar DJs and monster clubbing, with its well known pop, rock and grime superstars to hit its stage. This branded hotel now plays home to all the Ibiza Rocks events and includes a purpose built and permanent stage set up, located within the hotel's central courtyard. The pool area has become the scene of some memorable moments during and after gigs, when the band and/or crowd have been known to take an impromptu dip.
Popular parties: Ibiza Rocks, W.A.R! and the Ibiza Rocks The Boat parties.
Prices: Ibiza Rocks parties at the Hotel cost around 40€ and are free for guests staying at the hotel. They operate a token system for buying drinks but they are cheap. €5 for a pint of beer or soft drink and 10€ for a vodka mixer.
Address: Carrer Estrella, s/n, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain
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Pacha
Located very near the Ibiza Town Marina
Created in Ibiza in 1973, this little old estate in Ibiza Town has grown into the most dominant clubbing brand in the world, with the Ibiza venue still very much the jewel in its crown. With a reputation for providing clubbing with style, it's unrivalled when it comes to adding some VIP pizzazz to proceedings, so it's the ideal venue to glam it up in glad rags.
Popular Parties: F*** Me I'm Famous, Flower Power, Solomun + 1.
Prices: Expect to pay from 40€ for most parties, except F*** Me I'm Famous, which will start with a higher price point. Prices increase as the island gets busier and the parties get more popular. A vodka lemon costs approx. 18€, and a beer 12€.
Address: Av. 8 d'Agost, 07800 Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain
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Privilege
Located in the middle of the island, near San Rafael
Known as the 'World's Biggest Club' is in Ibiza,the main room like an aircraft hangar, alone could fit the whole of most of the other clubs in Ibiza inside it - Privilege has become renowned for providing the extravagant and spectacular parites, like no other can. With a swimming pool at its centre and layer upon layer of different parts of the club to explore, Privilege smashes down any existing boundaries you may already have for the clubbing experience.
Popular Parties: Supermartxe.
Prices: Entry prices vary between €20 and €40. A vodka limon costs approx. €12 and a beer €10.
Address: Urbanización San Rafael, s/n, 07816 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain
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Sankeys
Located in the heart of Playa d'en Bossa
Already a recognised heavyweight in the UK clubbing landscape, Sankeys opened its Ibiza branch in 2011, quickly making a very strong name for itself as a rave haven for lovers of underground dance music. Sankeys keeps visuals and entertainment to a bare minimum, focusing on the music, so be ready to dance.
Popular parties: Viva Warriors, Tribal Sessions.
Price: £35-40 entry, A vodka lemon costs approx. 13€, and a beer 8€.
Address: Carrer de les Alzines, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
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Space
Located in Playa d'en Bossa, near the beach
Space Ibiza is known around the world as one of the temples of electronic dance music. Unique through many of its years by offering unadulterated daytime clubbing, the Space Terrace ranks alongside the Paradise Garage and Haçienda in terms of influence and impact. Now a sprawling and modern super club, with five different areas, Space is Ibiza power clubbing at its finest, with a particular emphasis on bringing only the best international DJs across all genres.
Popular Parties: Carl Cox, Elrow, Sundays at Space
Prices: Expect to pay from 35-50€ for parties at Space. Drinks prices are the Ibiza norm with a vodka lemon costing around 15+€ and a beer 8+€.
Address: Platja d'en Bossa, S/N, 07817 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain
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Ushuaïa
Located in Playa d'en Bossa, opposite Space and next to the beach
Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel has been a shining star in Playa d'en Bossa since its opening in 2011. Located just opposite Space, this hotel offers stylish accommodation and an exciting events program. Ushuaïa has made a name for itself championing huge DJ names, amazing stage production, glamorous dancers and a fantastically placed VIP section; in a few short years securing its place as one of the most famous venues in Ibiza. With the exception of the opening and closing parties (which continue long into the night) Ushuaïa opens around 3-5pm in the afternoon and closes at midnight. By providing a rare opportunity to see some of the biggest headliners on the island as the sun is still setting, Ushuaïa has become an important force in returning the long-held tradition of daytime clubbing back to the island.
Popular parties: David Guetta's BIG, ANTS, Hardwell and Avicii.
Prices: £40-60 tickets depending on DJ, Spirit and mixers cost around €15 or more and a beer €12. Water is €8
Address: Platja d'en Bossa, 10, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Balearic Islands, Spain
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Best Places To Spend New Year's Eve

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Ringing in a new year in a new place
New Year’s comes but once a year, so it’s worth it to make the festivities memorable. But where’s the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? myself and my partner have celebrated new years eve in a different country for the last 5 years now and we find that it’s the best way to ring in a New Year.

New York City
It may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that New Year’s Eve in New York City has an atmosphere that few other cities can rival. Most popular, of course, is the annual gathering of a million people in Times Square to see the ball drop On Times Square. For a slightly less chaotic experience, book a reservation at one of the bars or restaurants overlooking Times Square. And for something completely different, consider a night-time boat ride on New York Harbour, which offers the best views of the midnight fireworks display on Liberty Island.


Rio de Janeiro
Known for its wild carnival festivals, Rio knows how to party and its New Year's Eve celebration is no different. The Yearly event known as 'Réveillon' is Held on the Iconic Copacabana Beach, Where two million people cram onto the two-and-a-half-mile stretch of sand for the worlds largest and arguably wildest New Year's party. Locals dress head to toe in white (believed to bring good luck) and toss handfuls of flowers into the ocean as gift to Yemanjá, goddess of the seas. The celebration also includes large oceanfront stages for live musical and dance performances, and a colourful fireworks display at midnight to complete the scene.


Sydney
Sydney is famous for two claims to fame on its New Year’s Eve celebrations: first, because of its location, it’s the first major city where the clock strikes midnight and second for the largest fireworks display in the world, with one at 9 pm and another at midnight, with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House making for a striking setting. More than a million people attend the waterfront show, which also includes an air and water show featuring aerial acrobatics, an Aboriginal smoking ceremony and the Harbour of Light Parade; a mix of more than 50 illuminated boats in the harbour.


Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Hogmanay translates to “last day of the year,” but the annual New Years festivities in Edinburgh actually last three days. Things kick off on December 30th with a torchlight march through the city that finishes with a fireworks finale. While New Year’s Eve is all about massive street parties and outdoor concerts, including a open-air Kelidh (traditional Celtic party). At midnight, 4.5 tons of fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle while the streets ring out with celebrators singing “Auld Lang Syne.” .


London
Join a crowd of more than 250,000 across the banks of the Thames and its numerous bridges to see the spectacular light and firework display or listen to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight. Then on New Years Day the streets of central London are meet with colourful parade floats, followed by the Queen of England’s horses.


Paris
The City of Light lives up to its nickname on New Year’s Eve, when the Eiffel Tower, arc de Triomphe and Disneyland Paris become the back drop of a spectacular light show. Live like a Parisian by popping a bottle of champagne and exchanging cheek kisses at the Champs-Elysées street party. Recently in the past couple of years the ‘official fireworks displays have been absent due to safety threats but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing in the nouvelles années.


Hong Kong
One of the world’s most dramatic skylines lights up every year with a display of fireworks that grows more impressive every year. The events kick off in Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall, where a replica ball drop takes place in homage to New York City’s famous festivities. Victoria Harbour is the center of the evening activity, though, so savvy locals party on boats, rooftop terraces, or at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Tsa Shui for the best views of the dazzling lightshow.


Berlin
The German capital has a reputation for being a party city year-round, so you can imagine what New Year’s Eve (known as "Silvester") is like here. The centerpiece of the celebration is “Party Mile,” a two-kilometer stretch of bars, international food stalls, laser shows, video screens, party tents, music stages, and more between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column. After the fireworks show at midnight, the crowds head to the city’s many dance floors, where they stay out until dawn or later.


Las Vegas
More than 300,000 revelers descend on this party capital for the big night, when the Las Vegas Strip becomes car-free and transforms into a giant street party with live bands, light displays, and laser shows. The city also hosts a mind-boggling number of concerts, shows, and parties in clubs, hotels, and casinos, meaning there’s no shortage of evening entertainment options. Come midnight, fireworks are launched from seven rooftops along the Strip, so chances are you’ll see them whether you’re on the street or a rooftop club.


Walt Disney World
New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is a dream come true for families traveling over the holiday. The theme park stays open until 1 am, but it’s packed with fun activities all day long. Leading up to the midnight fireworks show, there are many performances, dance parties, live entertainers, and confetti explosions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the most popular for New Years Eve, while Epcot puts on an impressive lights and laser show just before midnight. Be aware that you may need to arrive at the park early on New Years Eve as the parks will reach maximum capacity and they will close admission.


Vienna
This atmospheric city is famous for its New Year’s Eve Grand Ball, hosted at Hofburg Palace, but there’s more on offer than just throwback elegance. Vienna’s famous Christmas markets transform into New Year’s fairs, and hundreds of thousands of revelers crowd the Silvesterpfad (New Year’s Path) in the city center on New Year’s Eve. Fueled by mulled wine, the party starts at 2 pm and goes until well after midnight, with fireworks appearing over the Wiener Prater fair.


Amsterdam
A city that knows how to party and New Years Eve is no exception. The Oosterdok is the main place to celebrate NYE but throughout the city, especially Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and Dam Square are famous for the fireworks that include numerous kinds of firecrackers and sparklers or even crackers and bangers. At Museumplein a big event is organised where the high fireworks strike the audience with awe. The most important factor that the city of Amsterdam offers to the crowds of the New Year’s Eve is that each and every person who desires to enjoy the night without spending money can hit the streets and enjoy with the crowd as a big friendly group. No matter where you decide to spend your New Years Eve in Amsterdam you will be sure to have a good time.


Reykjavik
With only four hours of daylight in late December, locals in the northernmost capital of the world are ready to party like no one else. New Year’s Eve kicks off with community bonfires around which people sing, dance, and play music. Meanwhile, fireworks light up from every corner of the city thanks to fairly relaxed government restrictions. As midnight approaches, crowds gather around local landmarks like Perlan and Landakotskirkja church for the best views of the official fireworks displays.


Cape Town
New Year’s celebrations span three days in this vibrant South African city. On New Year’s Eve, the Victoria & Albert Waterfront hosts a concert and midnight fireworks display. (check out Table Mountain for unobstructed views of the fireworks).


Bangkok
This bustling metropolis’s locals and expats come together for New Year’s Eve festivities, the centerpiece of which is a massive gathering in Central World Square. The crowd numbers hundreds of thousands, and entertainment includes a spectacular light show, live concert, and video screens projecting celebrations from around the world. At midnight, of course, a series of fireworks displays illuminate the riverside. Afterward, the party continues at nightclubs and the lively beer gardens lining the streets.

 



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