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The Most interesting holidays of the world (Photo) – Won. no

In the world there are so many different festivals, among which are very unusual and interesting.

Nude holiday in Japan — Hadak Matsuri or “naked festival” which is celebrated since 767. In the temple Saidaji going 3000 men aged 23 to 43 years who are dressed only in loincloths. The purpose of this holiday — to attract good luck, as it is believed that a naked man takes away all the miseries if to touch him. Participants of the event after visiting the Temple, where the cleansing, they organize a procession through the streets of the city, where hundreds of people in search of fortune trying to touch them. On this day, as the street is cool in February, and need to have the courage to go out half-naked on the street, the Japanese drink a lot of sake.

Annual festival The Summer Redneck Games in Georgia . USA, the apotheosis of which is competition Plugaru in liquid clay (Mud Pit Belly Flоp) under the joyful screams of fans. Special delight of the audience causes the clay rain sheds at all after a particularly loud dive competing in the red sticky mass.

Zombies March in Boston . The centre of the city this day be overrun by beings, allegedly went in search of their victims. Some zombies prefer to dress up in blood-stained wedding suits and rubber masks, others depict the living dead, moving like Michael

An ancient festival of ancestor worship called Tapati celebrated 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 hardworking. The jury of elders counts how many caught fish and Nadal paintings of each student.

Scottish holiday Aphelia . The inhabitants of the city (Lerwick), in which a holiday, make 30-foot model of the Viking ship (with a dragon on the nose), dress up the Vikings, lit torches, March through the streets, trumpeting in the traditional military bugles, and through the city carry the ship to the sea. More than 900 beautifully dressed participants follow the retinue of 40 Vikings and their giant ship to the place where the flame will be lit. Evening torchlight procession through the ancient rite of the burial of the dead soldiers burned the wooden boat Vikings. On the coast, the ship burned — 900 burning torches thrown on the “ancient” ship.

Ivan Kupala is a folk festival 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 over them — for good luck, songs, traditional games, walking with birch, divination. This holiday — the cult of light, sun of all life, at this time, “Rosa medicinal, herb medicinal, water purification”. According to legends, on the night of Kupala’s impossible to sleep because this night is considered a time of rampant the dark forces of nature, which made different amulets.

Italy: orange battle

Atlanta, GA: summer redneck games

Spain: dressage wild horses

England: cheese rolling Festival

Thailand: Monkey Banquet

Japan: naked festival

Russia: Maslenitsa