Topic: Religious Events

Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri (meaning ‘Naked Festival’) is a semi-religious competition held at Saidai-ji Temple in Okayama Prefecture, that sees up to 10,000 men in fundoshi loincloths battle it out…

Yi Peng Lantern Festival

Seeing sky lanterns float ever higher to a soundtrack of chanting monks makes Yi Peng, the Thai festival of light, a special moment in the the country’s traditional lunar calendar. While…

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes

Turkey’s tourism board is largely responsible for the spread of imagery featuring men in cloaks spinning in uniform constellations. However, the true essence of this religious practice is…

Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead

A joyous celebration of the dead and a public holiday to boot, Dia de los Muertos is a holy day with a difference. Spiritual gestures also take place in Guatemala, India, Bangladesh and…

Semana Santa (Christian Holy Week)

Although Christian Holy Week, known as Semana Santa or Easter to some, is celebrated all over the world, the Guatemalan city of Antigua’s celebrations are some of the most extravagant in…

Stonehenge Summer Solstice

Want to stand in the presence of a broken circle of stone that nods to our neolithic past? Stonehenge, otherwise known as a collection of intriguing rock formations sitting in the English…

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