39 imagesEvery year on the fifth of November Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated to commemorate the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The Gunpowder Plot was meant to kill King James I and destroy the English Parliament which was under protestant rule. Guy Fawkes and 22 other Catholics conspirators Packed the cellar below the houses of parliament with gun powder, it was at the very last moment when Guy Fawkes himself was caught trying to light the gun powder that their plan failed. To this day the 5th of November s celebrated with fireworks ad the burning of effigies. The largest celebration takes part in the small town of Lewes in England.
23 imagesThe Dayaks are said to have an ancestry that dates back some 3000 years to the jungles of Borneo. This folk dance is accompanied by traditional music provided by a small band that has strong links to the Islamic culture. It is performed at many celebrations throughout Java and Kalimantan. The costumes are representative of traditional Dayakan dress although the headgear has been updated and is now similar to that of a native American.
22 imagesEvery year on Maundy Thursday The residents of Verges (Catalunya, Spain) perform a very mysterious procession. Participants dress up in skeleton costumes and parade through the streets to the haunting sound of a beating drum.
10 imagesKumbh Mela is one of the biggest human assemblies on the Earth. The mela (celebration) takes place every 3 years in one of 4 cities in India that are today known as Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik. Pilgrims spend days travelling from across the country to bath in the river on auspicious dates throughout the festivities.