The Most amazing holidays of the world
Folklore and tradition come in a selection of photos of the strangest festivals on five continents.
1. Competition in the highlands of Scotland. Party games, dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt, will compete in the hammer throw, in the contest which is held in Glenfinnan. Traditional Scottish games consist of competitions, dances, food and drinks to relax from everyday work.
2. Beltane Fire Festival, Scotland. “the Celts” with bare torsos raise the torches during the Festival of Beltane fire near Carlton hill in Edinburgh. These annual festivities are a modern revival of the ancient Celtic celebration of the arrival of summer.
3. Holiday naked men. Hadaka Matsuri (literally, the feast of naked men) in Okayama, Japan, is a traditional festival which has been celebrated for 1200 years. Picture was taken in winter, the temperature is about 9 degrees. Men dive into the icy water, passing the rite of purification.
4. Vegetarian festival, Thailand. Believers temple at Bang Neow, participate in the parade of vegetarian festival on Phuket island in Thailand, stick a weapon in itself, in protest. Chinese immigrants gave rise to this Taoist ceremony in 1825, when people who believe in God, ate vegetarian food to be saved from the epidemic.
5. Holiday hens in Wayne, Nebraska. Men dressed as chickens, preparing to speak at a Chicken Show. Every summer, Wayne – a town in Nebraska, celebrates these birds in a range of activities: dancing with the biggest chickens in the world, roosts for chickens cement, decorated by local artists and, to the chagrin of birds-the patrons of the celebration, the race, the winner is he who eats more chicken wings.
6. The Celebration Of The Body Of Christ (Corpus Christi), Spain. The masked man, known as El Colacho, a symbol of Satan, jumps over a group of girls. Centuries-old ritual is designed to protect children from evil spirits. The celebration Chorpus Christi, held every year in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, and pays tribute to the Catholic celebration of Holy Communion.
7. Schleicherlaufen Festival, Austria. Street Telfs, Austria, transformed into a world of mystical and almost otherworldly. People in masks are in the city every five years, just before the beginning of lent.
The first evidence of the festival Schleicherlaufen belong to the fifteenth century, but the holiday may also have deeper roots associated with pre-Christian rituals of the region’s residents.
8. Gerewol Festival, The Republic Of Niger. In West Africa, the nomadic Wodaabe annually celebrated their notions of beauty during the Gerewol festival. Boys attract the attention of the jury from women’s holiday clothing and traditional dance, called the Yak. Lucky winner gets a wife or lover.
9. Lantern festival, Taiwan. The glowing lights are hopes and prayers of the Thai people for the new year. Is celebrated on the first full moon night of the new year.
Night of lights is a traditional holiday in China and Taiwan. And if his origin is still unknown, the festival seems to waiting for long life ahead – in recent years, during the festival, there are also fireworks and light show.
10. Kyrgyzstan. Horses and riders are involved in a long celebration of the nomads of Kyrgyzstan. Modern residents are proud to show that they can still perform acrobatic stunts on horseback and even improvise on horseback during the fight, called oodrich.
A celebration of praise to the skill of the nomads, is celebrated with lots of food and drinks. This event, which is held in Sarala-Saz, attracts many tourists to this beautiful, but remote area.
11. Burning Man, Nevada. The yacht that “floats” among the sand, is one of the attractions of the festival Burning Man. What is Burning Man?
Fans of the annual event say they should take part in it in order to feel a kind of community to comprehend the foundations of the arts and freedom of expression. The festival is held every year in Black Rock desert, Nevada.
12. Ganesh Festival, India. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi (10 days) pays tribute to the popular Hindu God with elephant head. About 200,000 idols of God Ganesha adorn the public areas and homes. The celebration reaches its climax when large statues of Ganesha are immersed in the Arabian sea for ceremonial ablutions.
13. The Feast Of The Black Nazarene, Philippines. During the parade through the streets of Manila believers precipitated a huge image of Christ, the Black Nazarene. Every year this festival attracts hundreds of thousands of Christians, most of whom go barefoot and leave your clothes to the organizers, in the hope that their things will RUB the statue and return to their rightful owners.
Belief in the supernatural powers of the statue continues for 400 years, perhaps because of its incredible history. While traveling from Mexico in 1606, on the boat, which was carrying a statue, a fire broke out, but the statue, though blackened, was saved.
14. Mardi Gras, Louisiana. Fat Tuesday – a classic celebration in New Orleans. This annual festival gives Christians the opportunity to have some fun before the beginning of Lent. In New Orleans, collecting beads is part of the celebration since, as the organizers began throwing them into the crowd, in the early 20-ies.
15. Carnival, Brazil. Gracyanne Barbosa leading the Samba school of Mangueira, participates in the carnival in the streets of Rio de Janeiro in 2009. Samba dance was born in Rio, remains the heart of the city, and is the basis of perhaps the most original carnival parade.
Since 1920, this is one of the biggest festivals in the world gathers musicians, dancers and designers, representing the city schools, where study participants during the year.
16. The Panagbenga flower festival, Philippines. Dancer sprays out water during the Panagbenga flower festival, which is held every year in February in Baguio city, Philippines. Panegbenga – a term that literally means “bloom”.
17. Loy Krathong, Thailand. The festival of Loy Krathong is particularly attractive place of his birth – in Sukhothai historical Park in Thailand, where lie the ruins of the ancient capital of the country. In light of the last full moon of the year, Thais are allowed on the water banana leaves (Krathong), giving them the prayers and hopes for the new year.
18. Holi festival. The girl, covered with colored powder during the Holi festival. Hindu religious celebration, held every year in kalua Lumpur, Malaysia.
19. Jazz festival and traditions of New Orleans. Show Houma Indians on the jazz festival and traditions in New Orleans exceptionally beautiful.
20. Diwalli, the Festival of lights. In Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, people with candles to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. This festival lasts for five days and marks the beginning of a new year and the victory of light over darkness.