The most amazing holidays of the world (20 photos)

Holiday chickens in Wayne, Nebraska. Men dressed as chickens, preparing to speak at the chicken show. Every summer, Wayne - a city in Nebraska, honors these birds a variety of activities: dance with the biggest chicken in the world, perches for the hens of cement, decorated by local artists, and, to the chagrin of birds patron celebrations race wins in which the one who eat more chicken wings. (Joel Sartore).

Competitions in the Highlands of Scotland. Member of the games dressed in traditional Scottish kilt, competes in the hammer throw, in the competition held in Glenfinnane. Traditional Scottish games consist of competitions, dancing, food and drink, to take a break from everyday work. (Jin Richardson).

Beltane Fire Festival, Scotland. "The Celts" with bare torsos raised torches during the Beltane Fire Festival, near Carlton Hill, Edinburgh. These annual festivities are a modern revival of the ancient Celtic celebration of the arrival of summer. (Jim Richardson).

Holiday naked men. Hadaka Matsuri (literally, holiday naked men) in Okayama, Japan, is a traditional festival, which is celebrated 1200 years already. The picture was taken in the winter, the temperature is about 9 degrees. Men dive into the icy water, passing the rite of purification. (Paul Whitton / My Shot).

Vegetarian Festival, Thailand. Believers Temple at Bang Neow, participate in the parade vegetarian festival in Phuket in Thailand, stick a gun in protest. Chinese immigrants gave rise to this Taoist ceremony in 1825, when the people who believe in God, ate vegetarian food, to escape the epidemic. (David Longstreath / AP).

Celebration of the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi), Spain. The masked man known as El Colacho, a symbol of Satan, jumps over a group of girls. The centuries-old ritual designed to protect children from evil spirits. Celebration Chorpus Christi, held every year in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, and pays tribute to the Catholic celebration of Holy Communion. (Israel L. Murillo / AP).

Schleicherlaufen Festival, Austria. Streets Telfs, Austria, transformed into a mystical world and almost otherworldly. Masked men held in the city every five years, just before the start of Lent. The first evidence of the festival Schleicherlaufen belong to the fifteenth century, but the holiday may also have deeper roots associated with pre-Christian rituals residents
region. (Melissa Farlow).

Gerewol Festival, Republic of Niger. In West Africa, nomadic Wodaabe annually celebrated their ideas of beauty during the holiday Gerewol. Boys attracted the attention of the jury of the women festive clothes and a traditional dance called Jake. The lucky winner gets a wife or sweetheart. (Mike Hettwer).

Lantern Festival, Taiwan. Glowing lights are up hope and prayer Thai New Year. Celebrated on the first night of the full moon of the new year. Night lights is a traditional holiday in China and Taiwan. And if its origin is still unknown, the festival seems to have a long life lies ahead - in recent years during the festival also hosts fireworks and light shows. (Wally Santana / AP).

Kyrgyzstan. Horses and riders involved in a long holiday Kyrgyz nomads. Current residents are proud to show that they can still perform acrobatics on horseback riding and even to improvise during the struggle, called oodarish. Holiday, praising the skill of nomads, is celebrated with lots of food and beverages. This event, which is held in a barn-Saz, attracts many tourists to this beautiful but remote area. (Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP / Getty Images).

Burning Man, Nevada. The yacht, which "floats" among the sand, is one of the attractions of the festival Burning Man. What is the Burning Man? Fans of this annual event say that they should take part in it in order to feel a kind of community, understand the basics of art and freedom of expression. The festival is held once a year in the desert Black Rock, Nevada. (Mitch Horning, My Shot).

Ganesh Festival, India. Festival Ganesh Chaturthi (length 10 days) paid tribute to the popular Hindu god with an elephant head. About 200,000 idols of Lord Ganesha is decorated in public places and homes. The celebration reaches its climax when the big statue of Ganesha is immersed in the Arabian Sea for ceremonial ablutions. (Gautam Singh / AP).

Feast of the Black Nazarene, Philippines. During the parade through the streets of Manila believers precipitated by a huge image of Christ, the Black Nazarene. Every year, this festival attracts hundreds of thousands of Christians, most of whom go barefoot and leave their clothes to the organizers, in the hope that things will rub their statue and returned to their rightful owners. Belief in the supernatural powers of the statue has been going on for 400 years, probably because of her incredible story. During the trip from Mexico in 1606, a boat that carried the statue, a fire broke out, but the statue, though blackened, was saved. (Aaron Favila / AP).

Mardi Gras, Louisiana. Fat Tuesday - classical celebration in New Orleans. This annual celebration gives Christians the opportunity to have some fun before the beginning of Lent. In New Orleans, collecting beads is part of the celebration since the organizers began to throw them into the crowd at the beginning of the 20s. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images).

Carnival, Brazil. Gracyanne Barbosa, leading from the Mangueira samba school, participating in the carnival on the streets of Rio de Janeiro in 2009. Dance Samba was born in Rio, it remains the heart of the city, and is the basis of perhaps the most original of the carnival parade. Since 1920, this is one of the largest festivals in the world gathers musicians, dancers and designers, representing the city's schools, where study participants carnival throughout the year. (Natasha Pisarenko / AP).

Flower Festival Panagbenga, Philippines. Dancer sprays water around him during the festival of colors Panagbenga, which is held every year in February, in the city of Baguio, Philippines. Panegbenga - a term that literally means "blooming". (Richard Balonglong).

Loy Krathong, Thailand. Loy Krathong festival is particularly attractive as their place of birth - in historical park Sukhothai in Thailand, where lie the ruins of the ancient capital of the country. In the light of the last full moon of the year, the Thais let the water banana leaves (Krathong), giving them the prayers and hopes for the new year. (Romain Cintract / Aurora Photos).

Holi festival. Girl covered with colored powder during Holi festival. Hindu religious celebration, held every year in Kalua Lumpur, Malaysia. (Umar Roslan).

Jazz Festival and tradition of New Orleans. Show Houma Indian festival of jazz and traditional New Orleans is exceptionally beautiful. (Calb Izdepski).

Diwalli, Festival of Lights. Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, people with candles in their hands to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. This festival lasts for five days, and symbolizes the beginning of a new year and the victory of light over darkness. (Joe McNally, National Geographic).


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