While it seems that the rest of the Word parties hard for Mardi Gras, Britain is flipping pancakes!

Happy Shrove Tuesday everyone!

What are you doing today?

Mardi Gras, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday

The winning big bamboo pole enters the doors of the Shrine in a Japanese festival full of innuendo…

Bonden Matsuri | Somewhere in the world today

‘snow mean feat to build ice sculptures on this scale!

The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s most impressive winter events with huge glittering ice sculptures transforming the city of Sapporo into a magical winter wonderland.
Sapporo Yuki Matsuri (Sapporo Snow Festival) | Somewhere in the world today

Candlemas, Groundhog day, Imbolc, whatever you like to call it, February 2nd is a day for predicting the weather to come…

If Candlemas Day is clear and bright, winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.

Candlemas, Groundhog day, Imbolc | Somewhere in the world today)

Happy New Year China…

The year of the Horse should bring health and prosperity. It is said to be an excellent time to travel, so mingle with the locals, savour authentic cuisine and discover somewhere you have never been before…

Chinese Year of the Horse - what will it bring? | Somewhere in the world today

One big boozy fire in Scotland … Lerwick Up Helly Aa | Somewhere in the world today

Fair fa yer honest sonsie face, great chieftain o the puddin race…

Neeps tatties and Haggis, plus a wee dram of finest Scotch whiskey to that great Scottish poet!

Happy Burns Night  Scotland!

Hindu devotees, pierced and shackled make their way with their burdens during the colourful annual Thaipusam festival, one of the world’s most extreme displays of religious devotion on January 17, 2014

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Can I? - Stick skewers in my skin / and whirl a dervish spin

  1. Camera: Nikon D90
  2. Aperture: f/2
  3. Exposure: 1/2500th
  4. Focal Length: 50mm

On the 12th day of Christmas its time to de-dec the halls, eat King Cake and go a wassailing…

Epiphany is the 12th and last day of Christmas, the day associated with the coming of the 3 kings (or wise men) with gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh for the baby Jesus.

Its also traditionally time to take down the Christmas tree and other decorations. And time to go a-wassailing.  

Epiphany | Somewhere in the world today

A kooky custom

On New Year’s day, January 1st, Bulgarians celebrate Vassilyovden (or Vassilevden), Saint Basil’s Day. People in masks and head to toe, animal like costumes (called Sourvakari, Kukeri or Djamali), dance around the village and visit homes to give ritual blessings for health and fertility. 

Vassilyovden, St Basil’s Day | Somewhere in the world today