‘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.
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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
Can I? - Stick skewers in my skin / and whirl a dervish spin
Dance with the decorated elephants until you are blue in the face
Elaborate feasts, elegant dances, ornately dressed elephants, vibrant parades, snake boat races and intricate flower carpets are all part of this breathtaking harvest festival, the biggest festival in the South Indian state of Kerala.
The birthday of Lord Krishna, the original superhero. Legend has it that he was born at midnight on a dark, stormy night in a jail, to end the rule and atrocities of his uncle Kansa. In Maharashtra, the playful side of Krishna’s youthful days and his more mischievous side is celebrated where teams of young men form human pyramids to reach a Handi (clay pot) of buttermilk hanging up high in order to break it spilling the sticky liquid all over themselves!
Picture: Janmashtami-Dahi Handi by anupama kinagi
Get tomatoed at the World’s most infamous food fight!
La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain. Tens of tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets for exactly one hour.
Picture: Tomatina Madness by beatdrifter, on Flickr
Festival de la Virgen de Urcupina - A Bolivian festival full of superstition and wonderful customs
The Bolivian festival in honor of the Urcupiña Virgin in the village of Quillacollo in Bolivia is marked by fabulous parades and dances, a 15km midnight pilgrimage to mass lit by the candles of hopeful pilgrims, and market stalls bursting with traditional foods and crafts.
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Cultivate the domestic goddess in you with some melon carving for your lover!
Qi Qiao Jie (or the seventh eve) is often called Chinese Valentine’s Day and is a day devoted to love. There’s no chocolates or roses as in the western world but girls practise their melon carving skills in the hope of impressing their man
The most extravagant of festivals in Sri Lanka
As the August moon waxes in the Buddhist month of Esala, the most extravagant of festivals takes over the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. The procession includes fire-jugglers, acrobats, fabulously decorated elephants, traditional dancers, musicians, whip crackers, torch bearers and thousands of barefoot pilgrims and swordsmen to name but a few.
The story goes that a wicked demon was being punished by the god of Morioka city’s Mitsuishi Shrine. The god made the demon swear that he would never do bad deeds again, and as a sign of his pledge, the demon placed his hand on a large rock leaving a hand print. The locals rejoiced, dancing around the rock and so the Sansa dance began. Read more on Morioka Sansa Odori
Make a big splash and get a soaking for good luck!
The Songkran Festival is the traditional Thai New Year where families and friends gather together to visit temples, sprinkle water on Buddha deities and on each other to wish good luck. This quickly turns into people roaming the streets with containers of water or supersoakers in order to drench anyone that passes! The more water you have thrown over you the luckier you are!
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Picture: Songkran 2011 Water Festival-12 by Aung@, on Flickr