Category Archives: Today’s Holiday

Marian Days

In 1975, the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix, a Vietnamese religious order, established a new campus in Carthage, Missouri. Marian Days, which the small town of Carthage has hosted since 1977, is a time for Vietnamese Catholics to honor the Mother of Jesus and recognize the protection she offered to refugees. The weekend’s events, which include daily Masses, penance ceremonies, benedictions, and religious lectures, lead up to the Saturday celebration, which consists of a parade for the Virgin Mary as well as a fireworks and balloon ceremony. Discuss

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Busan Sea Festival

Every August since 1999, the municipal government of the seaside town of Busan in South Korea has sponsored a nine-day Sea Festival on its main beaches. The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony featuring performances by popular singers and other entertainers and culminates that night in a spectacular fireworks display. Over the course of the festival, a variety of water sports are offered, as well as the Hanbada Festival for the Disabled and championship competitions in windsurfing and beach volleyball. Discuss

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Hanagasa Odori Matsuri

One of the largest festivals in the Tohoku region of Japan, Hanagasa Odori Matsuri is held in Yamagata on August 5-7. Thousands of dancers holding hanagasa, which are hats made out of bamboo or rush and decorated with flowers, dance through the city while spectators cheer them on. The rhythmic pulse of the hanagasa songs keeps the dancers moving together as they march down the city streets yelling “Yassho! Makasho!” and twirling their hats to the left, right, up, and down.

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Antigua Carnival

In Antigua and Barbuda, to coincide with the already established celebration of the slaves’ emancipation, Carnival is celebrated in late July and continues until the first Tuesday in August. Music, competitions, and pageantry dominate the proceedings. Calypso music can be heard throughout the celebration, and the annual calypso competition produces a Calypso Monarch. Other contests include two beauty pageants, which crown Caribbean Queen and Miss Antigua. Every Carnival also features street parades that are famous for their elaborate glittering costumes.

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Jhulan Yatra

A Hindu festival honoring Lord Jagannatha, Jhulan Yatra is observed in Orissa and Bengal, and the grandest celebration takes place at the Temple of Jagannath in the Orissa town of Puri. Jhulan Yatra means “swing festival” in Hindi, a reference to the ornately decorated contraption that is specially built to hold the idols of Jagannath and his lover, Radha. Over the course of several nights during the festival, people gather at nighttime to perform songs and dances before the idols. This ritual, known as the raslila, dramatizes scenes from Krishna’s life. Discuss

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Dodge City Days

Dodge City‘s name alone is enough to conjure up memories of the Old West for the residents of Kansas and the surrounding states who come here to celebrate Dodge City Days every summer. There are staged shootouts between “Marshal Dillon” and the bad guys, a rodeo, a horse show, and parades featuring costumed characters from the Old West on horseback. In recent years the festival has featured entertainment by top country-and-western music stars, and the events have expanded to include a golf tournament, auto racing, and other decidedly non-traditional activities. Discuss

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AirVenture

Begun in 1953, the AirVenture has grown to become one of the largest conventions of any kind in the world. Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, the annual event draws together enthusiasts, designers, and a host of individuals, companies, and government agencies involved in the aviation and aeronautics industries. Some 10,000 aircraft of all kinds are on display at the convention. In the afternoon, there is a three-hour air show; in the evening, live entertainment performances feature NASA astronauts, test pilots, and leading aviation personalities.

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Esala Perahera (Arrival of the Tooth Relic)

Esala Perahera is a celebration in Kandy, Sri Lanka, that lasts 10 nights and pays homage to the sacred relic believed to be a tooth of the Buddha. Processions are held each night, and the tooth is paraded in an elaborate howdah (platform) on the back of an ornately decorated elephant. Dozens of richly caparisoned elephants follow, and there are also drummers beating big bass drums and small tom-toms, horn blowers, the famous Kandyan dancers, acrobats, and torch bearers holding aloft baskets of blazing copra (coconut meat). Discuss

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Costa Rica Annexation of Guanacaste Day

Annexation of Guanacaste Day is a Costa Rican national holiday, also known as Guanacaste Day. It marks the annexation of Guanacaste, the northern part of the Nicoya peninsula, from Nicaragua. The inhabitants of Guanacaste voted to join the state of Costa Rica on July 25, 1824. The holiday is celebrated with street fiestas, folk dancing, horse parades, and cattle shows. There are organized activities in major parks, and bullfights are a traditional part of the celebration in the Nicoya peninsula, where the holiday festivities typically last for several days.

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Cornouaille Festival

The Celtic heritage of the Breton people comes alive every year in Quimper, a town in the district of Cornouaille. Located in Brittany, a region in northwestern France, Quimper has hosted this festival of traditional dance, music, storytelling, food, and games for more than 70 years. People dress in Breton costumes, which include elaborate lace bonnets for the women and shallow, brimmed hats for the men. Many of Brittany’s inhabitants still speak the ancient Celtic language brought to the region by its first settlers some 2,500 years ago. Discuss

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