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With the Holiday this weekend it has got me wondering…..

30 Jun

How are you spending the holiday?  People all over the world have different ways of celebrating holidays and here are just a few:

In Barcelona, Spain, people sported their holiday best for the traditional Christmas Swimming Cup.

Food fight: Nearly 2,000 Brits took part in the world's biggest food fight in Spain today

Songkran Water Festival

Known as the Water Festival by visitors, this annual festival in Thailand falls shortly after the spring equinox. Songkran (based on a Sanskrit word for “astrological passage”) is celebrated in the country as the traditional New Year’s Day. Along with visiting elders and going to a Buddhist monastery, festivities include throwing of water – in this case, with a little help from an elephant!

Songkran Water Festival

Holi Festival
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of good over bad. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other, “Happy Holi.
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends and stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub gulal and abeer on each others’ faces and cheer up saying, “bura na maano Holi hai.” Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift.
Straw Bear

Straw Bear (Strawboer) Day is an old English tradition held on the 7th of January. It is known in a small area of Fenland on the borders of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire, including Ramsey Mereside. This day is believed to be traditional start of agricultural year in England. A man or a boy wears a straw costume covering him from his head to toes. He goes from house to house where he dances. As prize for his dancing people give him money, food or beer.

Whittlesey Straw Bear

Up-Helly-A

Up Helly Aa refers to any of a variety of fire festivals held in Shetland annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers (pronounced “geezers”) in Lerwick and considerably lower numbers in the more rural festivals. They form into squads who march through the town or village in a variety of themed costumes.

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There is also a formal parade in which a galley ship, made just for the ceremony, is taken through the streets, towards the water. There, it is placed on the beach, awaiting for the ending ceremony. 

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The ship procession 

 After the city of Lerwick banned tar barrelling, permission was eventually obtained for torch processions. The first yule torch procession took place in 1876. The first torch celebration on Up Helly-Aa day took place in 1881. The following year the torchlit procession was significantly enhanced and institutionalised through a request by a Lerwick civic body to hold another Up Helly-Aa torch procession for the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh. The first galley ship was burned in 1889. 

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The procession culminates in the torches being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley. The event happens all over Shetland, but it is only the Lerwick galley which is not sent seaward. Everywhere else, the galley is sent seabound, in an echo of actual Viking sea burials.

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After the procession, the squads visit local halls (including schools, sports facilities and hotels), where private parties are held. At each hall, each squad performs its act, which may be a send-up of a popular TV show or film, a skit on local events, or singing or dancing,  all-night Shetland/Scottish folk dancing, usually in flamboyant costume.

That said Happy Canada Day EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ohhhhhh wait that one was just for me oops!!!!

 

  Here I will try again! hehehehehehe

 

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