UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS of the WORLD
The festival of colors in new Delhi — Indian national holiday in honor of the arrival of spring, the celebration of the expulsion of evil and the rebirth of life. It is celebrated for 2 days on a full moon. According to the legend, on this day died the evil demon Holika. On this day in each city hosts its celebration, everywhere lit bonfires, symbolizing the end of winter and the death of evil spirits. Fire burn an effigy of Holika, throw the fruits seasonal harvest — grain, coconuts, etc. In the morning people go to the street, and the fun begins — all drench each other with colored water of the red, green, yellow, blue and black colour and throws colored powders.
La Tomatina in Bunol Hamel — famous “tomato massacre”. This is one of the most popular holidays in Spain. Annually it is visited by about 36 thousand people. On special trucks to the site of the battle brought about 100 tons of ripe tomatoes. The rules here are pretty simple — you can throw tomatoes at anyone, importantly, to avoid injury, tomatoes need a good stretch. Also it is impossible to tear the opponents clothes and throw something else, except the tomatoes, in spite of all the excitement that undoubtedly cover rivals. After the battle the wash area from the hose, the participants are washed in a specially installed for that bathroom stall or just go swimming in the river.
Holiday naked in Japan — of Hadak Matsuri or “the feast of the Nude”, which is celebrated with 767. In the temple Saidaji going 3000 men aged 23 to 43 years who are dressed only in loincloths. The purpose of this festival — to attract good luck, as it is believed that a naked man takes away all misery if to touch him. Participants of the event after visiting the Temple, where they undergo purification, organize a procession through the streets of the city, where hundreds of people in search of good luck trying to touch them. On this day, as the street is cool February, and we must have the courage to go out half-naked on the street, Japanese people drink a lot of sake.
The annual festival of The Summer Redneck Games in Georgia. USA, the apotheosis of which is the competition pluginu in liquid clay under the joyful screams of the fans. Special delight of the audience causes the clay rain sheds at all after a particularly loud dip competing in the red goo.
Scottish celebration of Ophelia. Residents of the town (Lerwick), which runs the festival, doing a 30-foot model of a Viking ship (with the dragon on the nose), dressed as Vikings, lit torches marching on the streets, trumpeting in a traditional military bugles, and through the city carry the ship to the sea. Over 900 beautifully dressed participants follow the retinue of 40 Vikings and their giant ship to the place where the fire will be lit. Evening torchlight procession through the ancient rite of the burial of the dead soldiers burned the wooden boat of the Vikings. On the coast, the ship burned — 900 torches cast on “ancient” of the ship.
March of the Zombies in Boston . The centre on this day flooded beings, allegedly went in search of their victims. Some “zombie” I prefer to dress up in a bloody wedding suits and rubber masks, others depict the living dead, moving like Michael Jackson in the video for the 1983 “Thriller”.
Ivan Kupala — folk holiday celebrated in the Slavic countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) at the summer solstice. The holiday is celebrated on the shortest night of the year — with bonfires, leaping through them — on happiness, songs, traditional games, walking with birch, divination. This holiday — the cult of light, the sun, all life, at this time, “healing dew, grass treatment, water purification”. According to legends, in Kupala night you cannot sleep, because this night is considered a time of rampant dark forces of nature, which made different charms.
England: festival cheese rolling
Dangerous tradition Dating back to the times of the Roman Empire, the participants from all over the world rise to the Cooper’s hill and run down at seven pound wheel of cheese, who first ran down catches her. Not all of us realize that the pursuit of cheese can be so dangerous, but over the years there were so many accidents that the police wanted to ban the holiday. In 1997 one man, trying to Dodge the oncoming cheese on it, got hit in the head and flew down at 30 meters. The rest of the day he spent in the hospital. The winner of that competition, the postman Craig Carter, broke his arm. Despite the fracture, it seemed, was happy. Three years before that victory, he broke his other hand. The ambulance worker who is on duty in the competition, said that in 2006 injured 12 spectators and 13 participants. “It was not the worst year, and quite common. On average, we’re taking the hill for 30-40 people”.
Colombia – festival poncho ( the traditional Indian dress of South and Central America – cloak from a rectangular piece of cloth with a hole for the head ) is designed to support local artisans who make woolen poncho, the parade and festival are a relatively new celebration.
The province of lop Buri, Thailand: a Buffet for monkeys
Every year, from across the province are invited about 600 monkeys to eat fruits and vegetables during the annual dinner party held in honor of Rama, hero of the Ramayana. He was a friend and ally of Monkey King, who rewarded his holdings, which now bears the name of Lopburi.