The Most original festivals
Monkey Banquet (Monkey Buffet in Lopburi province. 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 Nude Naked Mens’ Festival) in Japan — or “holiday 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 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.
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 Aphelia ( ). Residents of the town (Lerwick), which runs the festival, doing a 30-foot model of a Viking ship with a dragon’s 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.
– shearing “wild horses” originates from the bronze age.
In the first week in July in Galicia hundreds of wild horses are rounded up together. The most famous places of this custom: Valga, Toronja, Mougás, Morgages, Amil and Sa Bushido in the province of Pontevedra, O Barbanza and Capelada in A coruña, as well as Candoco in Lugo.
Wild horses bring in special stone spaces “churros” where they are tagged brand and Bob off the mane and tail. Part sell horses, and some leave until next year. Strong men demonstrate the art of taming horses.
Festival “Las Fallas” is a dazzling carnival of the province of Valencia, which takes place in mid-March. This is a Spanish Carnival. They say that this holiday once invented by Spanish craftsmen. They, like the Russians, too, goodbye to winter, but in its own way. Rejoicing that spring comes, the daylight hours have increased and in the evenings you can not carry lamps, carpenters right at the thresholds of their homes solemnly burned the wooden stand from most of these lamps. Survived even the document of the XV century, which mentions “the day the carpenters burn wood”.
An ancient tradition was gradually fleshed. The stand began to dress up in old clothes, to clap the hat, to give them a human appearance. And over time, pieces of wood turned into a huge puppets made of cardboard, plywood and papier-mâché, specially manufactured for the burning. They are called fajas. Nowadays, the scope of the burning of dolls turned into a huge Fiesta that week lives all Valencia.
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, from which we made many amulets.