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The festival originated more than a millennium ago as a ceremony to appease gods during the outbreak of an epidemic and features two float processions with elaborately decorated floats that are up to 25 metres tall and weigh up to 12 tonnes. The practice of selecting a local boy to be the divine messenger to be paraded persists till today.
BREAD IN THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL
The festival is aimed at preserving and showcasing the best traditional Armenian dishes eaten during rituals and holidays. An important food item featured is bread, which symbolises the body of Jesus Christ and therefore considered holy in largely- Christian Armenia.
BALI KITE FESTIVAL (Background Photo)
Hundreds of colourful kites in a myriad designs fill the skies of the island when local and foreign teams compete in numerous kite competitions during this period. The biggest events take place at the start of the festival in July and the end, usually in August.
Held since 2010 to commemorate the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival showcases local and international artistes in approximately 100 events on dance, music, theatre, photography, art and film. Drawing some 200,000 people annually, the themed arts and culture extravaganza has focused on making the arts accessible and keeps about 80% of the events free. Penang’s wall murals, which have become one of the city’s most iconic draws, were commissioned by the festival for its inauguration.
TAUNG BYONE NAT FESTIVAL
The raucous festival honours two of the most powerful members of Myanmar’s pantheon of 37 nats (spirits), Min Gyi and Min Lay, who are believed to be military commanders under the reign of King Anawrahta. Many Burmese worship nats, believing that doing so will bring them prosperity and luck while not doing so brings misfortune. During this period, believers present offerings, make wishes and partake in wild dancing alongside male mediums who dress up as women to be possessed by the two aforementioned spirits.
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ALMATY APPLE FESTIVAL (Background Photo)
Almaty means ʻthe place with applesʼ and is where apples are believed to be first domesticated (as a local wild apple species has been proven through DNA analysis to be the main ancestor of the cultivated apple). At the festival dedicated to this famous produce of the city, the highlight is of course the variety of apples and apple products from different regions of Almaty on sale.