Hadaka Matsuri
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Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri also known as the Naked Man Festival is a Shinto tradition observed all around Japan. It is a celebration where thousands of men all over Japan strip down to loincloths called fundoshi or less. Some wear a short happi coat but can be seen rarely completely naked. Participants in the festival do rituals to tests their manhood and bravery in order to secure luck throughout the year. To purify themselves, the participants sometimes immerse themselves in a river beforehand. Several half-naked men will carry a mikoshi or portable shrine into the river with them. Naked festivals are held every year in dozens of places throughout Japan. It is usually in the summer or winter. The Hadaka Matsuri’s rituals

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Wonderful Balloon
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National Weatherman’s Day, United States

Most if not all of us usually check the weather forecast before going out of the house. It is done to ensure that we are prepared before heading outside. Checking the weather helps us to know when to bring the umbrella, when to wear thicker clothes or when to plan that outdoor party. Such important information is provided for us by a weather person and in the United States, there is a day where they recognize individuals in this field. February 5th is the National Weatherman’s day celebrated in the United States. The celebration commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, who is considered to be the first regular weather observers in 1774. Jeffries is a Boston physician by profession, a

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Ducks
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Lame Duck Day

The Lame Duck Day is a celebration of the ratification of the 20th amendment of the United States on February 6, 1933. The amendment was added to address US Presidential succession. Originally, the terms of the president and vice president, and the in-coming elected congress began on four months after elections were held. This lapse was a practical necessity during the 18th century. Since a newly-elected official might require several months to put his affairs in order and then undertake an arduous journey. This gap eventually had the effect of impeding the function of government in the modern age and thus the creation of the amendment. Now Lame Duck Day is being celebrated worldwide every 6th of February annually. It

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Rabanos
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Night of the Radishes

The Night of the Radishes or as known by locals as Noche de Los Rabanos in Spanish is an annual event. It is a day dedicated to the carving of oversized radishes or Raphanus sativus to create scenes that compete for prizes in various categories. The Night of the Radishes is a radish-carving contest that is held every year. Participants compete to carve radishes into figures showing the birth of Jesus Christ or scenes that elaborate historical scenes. It is celebrated annually on the 23rd of December in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. According to the legend, the Night of the Radishes began in the mid-18th century. The time when the radish crop was so abundant that a section lay

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La Tomatina
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La Tomatina, Spain

Tomatoes are famously known for being a good source of lycopene. It is an antioxidant that is good for the heart and the skin to name a few. And these benefits were put to good use by the Valencian town of Buñol through an event called La Tomatina. The festival of La Tomatina is annually held in the town of Buñol in the region of Valencia located in the East of Spain with a 30 kilometer or 19-mile distance from the Mediterranean. It is being celebrated on the last day of August since 1945 within the week of festivities in Buñol at the main Plaza del Pueblo. La Tomatina is Spain’s famous tomato battle and is the world’s biggest food

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Groundhog day
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Groundhog Day, United States and Canada

Groundhogs or woodchucks, whose scientific name is Marmota monax, are large rodents known for their burrowing habits and destructive behavior. However, in the United States and Canada, Groundhog Day is a popular tradition where they used the groundhog to forecast the weather. This traditional holiday is being celebrated on February 2 every year at Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania. The Groundhog Day ceremony centers around a semi-mythical groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. Different American cities also have their own special groundhogs. New York City’s official groundhog is called Pothole Pete, while Canada’s groundhog is an albino groundhog named Wiarton Willie. Centuries ago in Europe, people watched for hibernating animals like badgers, bears, and hedgehogs, for signs of winter to end. Thousands of

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Hunmin jeong eum
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Hangul Day

The Korean Alphabet Day is also known as Hangul Day. It is a celebration about the creation and proclamation of the Korean alphabet. It is Korean’s national commemorative day, commemorating the invention and the proclamation of the alphabet of the Korean language by the 15th-century Korean monarch Sejong the Great. Hangul Day is celebrated in South Korea on October 9th as Hangeul Proclamation Day or Hangeul Day for short and on January 15th as Choson’gul Day in North Korea. In 2013, Hangul Day became a national holiday in South Korea. During the fifteenth century, people in Korea known as Joseon at the time, primarily wrote using Classical Chinese alongside native phonetic writing systems. Before the creation of Hangul, these characters

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Straw_Bear
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Straw Bear Day, Whittlesea United Kingdom

A straw bear or Strohbär in the German language is a traditional character that appears mainly at Shrovetide (the pre-Lenten season that is the time for Christians to prepare for the Lent). The bear has tightly twisted straw bands wound up on the arms, legs, and body of a man or a boy who is unfortunate enough to have been chosen. There is also a straw wound up in a shape of a cone above the “Bear’s” head with a face that is covered wherein the person inside could hardly be able to see. The straw used could either be made of wheat, oats, rye or twigs. The Straw Bear Festival is celebrated every year on the second weekend of

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HollyMonument
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The Day the Music Died

The Day the Music Died is a celebration to honor the famous singers who died in an airplane crash. They are the rock and roll musicians J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Richie Valens, and Buddy Holly who died in 1959. The commemoration happens every third day of February annually. The singers were quite famous in the 50’s generation. They were mourned by many people after the accident near Clear Lake, Iowa. The singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to the accident in his 1971 song “American Pie” dubbing it as “The Day the Music Died.” The event later became known as The Day the Music Died which symbolizes the “loss of innocence” of the early rock and roll generation for McLean.

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Anastenaria
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The Feast of Anastenaria, Greece

The tradition of walking on fire has existed for several thousand years, with records dating back to 1200 BC. Different cultures around the world, from Greece to India to China uses fire-walking as a rite of passage, a test of an individual’s strength, religious healing, or because of faith. Such is the festival of Anastenaria in St. Helen Village, Thrace, Northern Greece. The fire walking festival lasts for three days and ends with a private fire-walking ritual. The Anastenaria is an unusual traditional fire-walking ritual being performed in some villages in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria which is being celebrated annually by the end of May. The fire walking festival takes place on Saint-Konstantinos day on the 21st of May

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