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Postby NaranjaRa » Sat May 28, 2016 3:31 am

does your country have weirdo days of celebration, etc.?

for example, Groundhog Day in Canada & the US
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Postby Brewtality » Sun May 29, 2016 2:23 pm

Odd celebrations? Oh hell yeah, plenty! They're not 'holidays' though.

The biggest one would be 'Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night' on November 5th. It's a celebration of the time in 1605 when a group of Catholics who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament whilst the king was there. It failed and the conspirators were tortured and executed. The tradition it to burn an effigy of Guido 'Guy' Fawkes, the most famous member of the conspiracy (this is why the word 'guy' is used to a man) atop a large bonfire and let off a load of fireworks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OttNo41ab0

Cheese Rolling has been an annual event at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire for hundreds of years. Essentially, you go up a massive and very steep hill and then the Cheesemaster rolls a big wheel of cheese down the hill and everybody chases after it. The first one to the bottom wins the cheese. Yup. Oh, and it's really dangerous!

I'm very proud to say that I have participated in this particular celebration and it was bloody brilliant!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOyQBSMeIhM

The Haxey Hood is an annual game which started around 700 years ago. The story goes that the aristocrat Lady de Mobray was riding her horse when here hood flew off thanks to a strong gust of wind. Local farmers chased after it and returned the hood to her. As a thanks (and to keep her amused), she initiated a festival for the local people where they came to reenact the original hood-chase. That quickly evolved into a game whereby a replica of the hood must be taken to one of four pubs in the local village of Haxey. It all boils down to a huge scrum of people pushing against each other.

https://youtu.be/XIrleYrIIis

Winter Solstice at Stonehenge is a really great event. Stonehenge is at least as old the Pyramids and probably dates to around 3000BC. On the morning of the year's shortest day, the sun rises and casts light precisely through three of the main standing stones. The monument is usually sealed off but on that day, it's open so that druids (yep, there are still druids in the UK) and other pagans can celebrate the new solar year. It's pretty cool to be in a place that has been used for that kind of worship for 5000 years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRD0o6hiAlo

There are so many more but these are just some of my favourites.
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Postby NaranjaRa » Tue May 31, 2016 6:09 pm

ok you might have me at the cheese-rolling!

i think it's weird how we celebrate Memorial Day in the US...when we're supposed to be honoring our fallen soldiers. it seems to instead be the key to ushering in the summer recreational season. parks open. pools open. people have barbeques and parties and generally get DrONk for their 3-day weekend.

locally, we have the now famous PUNKIN' CHUNKIN'. it's not a holiday, or a celebration really, but a competition to build contraptions that will sling a pumpkin as far as possible. Discovery channel even did a piece on it. people now come from all over the world with some incredible feats of engineering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmSyrGsqmg8

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