The Most unusual holidays
The Time magazine presented a series of photographs entitled The World’s Wackiest Holidays, devoted to the most unusual holidays and festivals from different corners of our planet. For example, the monkey festival in Thailand.
Monkey Banquet (Monkey Buffet) in the province of lop Buri . Each year approximately 600 monkeys are invited to the dinner, which consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Monkey feast is held in honor of the God Rama, who according to the legend, along with the monkey army defeated many of his opponents.
The festival of colors in new Delhi (The Festival of Colors) is an 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 over each other colored water of the red, green, yellow, blue and black colour and throws colored powders.
Tomatina (Tomatina) in the village of buñol, famous “tomato battle” . 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 a “weapon” — 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 (Naked Mens’ Festival) in Japan — Hadak Matsuri or “festival Nude”, which is celebrated with 767. In the temple Saidaji going 3000 men aged 23 to 43 years who are dressed only in loincloths. This festival aims to attract 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 Chap & Hendrick’s Olympics in England . Community representatives Chap and Hendrick’s holds an annual competition among gentlemen outdoors in London’s Bedford Square, which aims to maintain and preserve the traditions of English gentilmente.
The annual festival of The Summer Redneck Games in Georgia . USA, the apotheosis of which is the competition pluginu in liquid clay (Mud Pit Belly Flop) 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.
March of the Zombies (Zombie March) in Boston . The centre on this day flooded beings, allegedly went in search of their victims. Some “zombie” 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”.
The ancient festival of ancestor worship called Tapati (Tapati Festival) is celebrated by the inhabitants of Easter island in Chile. The islanders dress up each other in special outfits and dancing. Both men and women compete in running with bunches of bananas. Directs the festivities specially elected Queen: it should be not only beautiful, but also hard-working. The strict jury of elders counts the number of caught fish and Nadal canvases each student.
Scottish celebration of Ophelia (Up-Helly-Aa) . 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” ship.
Ivan Kupala day is a public holiday, celebrated in the Slavic countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) at the summer solstice. The holiday is celebrated in the shortest night of the year with bonfires, leaping through them — happiness, songs, traditional games, walking with birch, divination. This holiday — the cult of light, the sun, all life, at this time, “the 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.