Apr
29
2012
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What are the most unusual festivals and events?

tomatinaSome of the most interesting and most enjoyable events are also the most unusual and esoteric. Las Fallas – Valencia Fire Festival (week ending 19 March) This remarkable festival of fire and fireworks in Valencia, Spain, will surely excite the latent pyromaniac in us! Each day of Las Fallas (Falles in Valencian) there are two [&hel[more...]

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Dec
22
2010
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How is Festivus celebrated?

festivusDan O’Keefe originated the idea of Festivus—a secular celebration on 23 December—but the idea didn’t take off until it was featured on the TV show Seinfeld. Festivus is a simple festival, without the religious context and commercial pressures associated with Christmas. The anti-commercialism of Festivus is emphasized by its use of a simple unadorned pole [&hel[more...]

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Jul
06
2010
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Which festivals have public food fights?

ivrea-orange-fight-battleEvery year around the world there are bizarre festivals where people celebrate by throwing food. Tomatoes In Buñol, Spain, the festival of La Tomatina is held every summer. A truckload of tomatoes is dispensed, and everyone throws them at each other for an hour. It’s seriously messy, but you can swim in the river afterwards. [&hel[more...]

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Jul
03
2009
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How do you prepare and eat watermelon?

Summer DreamsSummer Dreams – Art Print – Mitchell, Steven – Buy at AllPosters.com Watermelon straight from the fridge is very refreshing in summer, but it can be fiddly to prepare and awkward to eat. Most of the complication is due to the many pips. There are basically two approaches. You can leave the pips (seeds) in [&hel[more...]

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Apr
19
2009
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What May Day traditions can children enjoy?

May blossom for May Day - also called hawthorn, whitethorn, maythorn etc. - photo by D.H.Wright - CC-BYIf you want to celebrate May Day as a family, or with a larger group of kids, try planning some activities based on old traditions. Creating your own festival is just as good as going to see a parade, or watching other people dancing round a maypole. And you can do both! May Day in [&hel[more...]

Apr
17
2009
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What is the date of Easter in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013…

Photo by Michiel Thomas - CC-BYThe date of Easter varies each year. Roughly speaking, it’s the Sunday after the full moon after the vernal equinox, but it’s a bit more complicated than that (see: How is the date of Easter calculated?). Here are all the dates of Easter Sunday for this century: 23 April 2000, 15 April 2001, 31 March [&hel[more...]

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Mar
25
2009
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What is the Sidmouth Folk Festival?

Gathering for the Ceilidh in the Ford (photo by eiffel - CC-BY)Sidmouth is a quiet retirement town in Devon, with a population of 15,000. But the first week of August each year is Sidmouth Folk Week, when the town is completely taken over by a huge folk festival which has been running for over 50 years. Dance marquees are erected in Blackmore Gardens and feature a [&hel[more...]

Feb
27
2009
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What’s the most fun you can have with tomatoes?

Photo by Graham McLellan - CC-BYSurely the most fun you can have with tomatoes is at the tomato throwing festival held each year in Buñol, Spain? Food fights don’t get much better than this! This unusual festival started in 1945 when a fight broke out during a parade and the miscreants raided a market stall for tomatoes to throw at [&hel[more...]

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