Posted by: traveljunkies | December 14, 2010

The 8 Most Bizarre Rituals in the World

The 8 Most Bizarre Rituals in the World

By Turner Wright
Taken out of their cultural context, these rituals may well be considered “bizarre”, “unnecessary”, even downright insane, but not to those who perform them. They completely believe in what they’re doing, what it represents, and the impact on the receiver.

What are some of the most bizarre rituals around the world?

#1: Birth
A Muslim shrine in the Maharashtra state of India, where it is common practice to toss newborn babies off the side of a 15-meter tall temple.

#2: Marriage
The history of certain wedding customs are bizarre in themselves.

#3: Food
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

#4: Death
Sky Burial, Tibet

#5: Fire
Udappu Firewalking, Sri Lanka

#6: Fertility
Hounen Matsuri Fertility Festival, Japan

#7: Blood
Maasai Cow Blood Demonstration, East Africa

#8: Coming of Age
Bullet Ant, Costa Rica

Read the full report complete with spectacular pictures here …
http://www.vagabondish.com/8-bizarre-rituals-world/

About the author …

Turner Wright enjoys the finer things in life, which include: writing travel articles, eating too much, and running until his veins pump battery acid. He is a simple boy from Austin, Texas, but will soon be bouncing around three continents. Check out his blog, Once A Traveler.

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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 5, 2010

Snowbound – This is England, a Mild, Temperate Country

The thick white blanket that has covered much of the UK in recent days has caused road chaos, closed airports and given thousands of children time off school. From frustrating traffic jams to picturesque wintry scenes, take a look at how people have coped in the snow.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11900122

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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 28, 2010

Sydney Voted #1 City

Sydney has been voted the world’s number one city for a record-breaking 9th year in a row at the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards held in New York.

Sydney beat competition from Paris, London, Rome and Melbourne to once again take out the coveted international award.

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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 28, 2010

December events around the world

Courtesy of Wexas
http://www.wexas.com/december/holidays/

Africa

Dewgal, Mali
During November Fula herders and their cattle close in on the Niger River, then, when the levels are right, thousands of cows are driven across to greener pastures and herders are reunited with their families – a time for much celebration and a great spectacle

Festival of the Oases, Tunisia
Several thousand desert nomads camp out among the undulating sand dunes south of Tozeur for this festival of events which include horse racing, whip-cracking, snake charming, knife-throwing and camel-spitting

Festival of the Sahara, Tunisia
Tunisia’s other desert festival is held at Douz, as seen in Star Wars, and nomads come to enjoy events such as dog-racing, camel-fighting and belly-dancing, as well as the dancing and music in town

Ncwala, Swaziland
This riotous festival of thanksgiving for the first harvest and the New Year involves a number of traditional activities such as slaughtering a bull and burning symbols of the year before, as well as much singing, dancing and making merry

Windhoek Carnival, Namibia
This carnival in the old German colony has retained a lot of the Bavarian traditions, with beer tents, barbecues, cabaret, masked balls and lederhosen-slapping drunkenness

Caribbean

Procession de San Lázaro, Cuba
Fifty thousand people head to El Rincón near Havana to the shrine of Lazarus, travelling in the most difficult way – whether on knees or crawling – for greater rewards and to exorcise evil spirits

Junkanoo, The Bahamas
Spectacular party where competing groups, or crews, set out at dawn, moving towards each other from all directions, resulting in singing and dancing chaos

Europe

Christmas Market, GermanyChristmas Market, Germany
Christmas markets pop up across Germany throughout December with one of the largest and most beautiful in Nuremberg, which has more than 200 stalls and around two million visitors

Hogmanay, United Kingdom
Edinburgh celebrates the New Year like nowhere else in the UK – mass processions fill the streets, concerts and parties play through the day and, at night, it’s a riotous mix of music, dancing, whisky and fireworks

Klausjagen, Switzerland
Historically an event from the Middle Ages when villagers chased out evil spirits, Küssnacht’s residents now chase Santa Claus, wielding whips and cow bells as they go

L’Escalade, Switzerland
Commemorating an attack on Geneva in 1602, this event sees processions through the old town, huge bonfires, fun runs and plenty of chocolate eating

Mevlâna Festival, Turkey
The Mevlevi, or whirling dervishes, perform elegant trance-like dance ceremonies over a week in honour of a 13th century Sufi poet, Mevlâna, one of the world’s great mystic philosophers

Stockholm Christmas Markets, Sweden
In Stockholm’s Old Town stalls selling cakes, crafts and gifts line the medieval streets, while in Skansen a candlelit procession starts in the evening and children dance around the Christmas tree

India

Chaumos, Pakistan
The Kalasha people in the valleys of Rumbur, Bumboret and Birir celebrate once they have stored crops for the winter with their biggest festival – which includes singing, feasting and the slaughtering of goats

Latin America

Día de Nuestra Seora de Guadalupe, Mexico
Celebrating Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin Mary, tens of thousands head to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadelupe where she made several appearances centuries before

Festa de Iemanja, Brazil
Dedicated to Rio’s patron saint, Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea, this festival rings in the New Year with traditional Rio raunchiness

Fiesta de Santo Tomas, Guatemala
Held in the lead up to St Thomas’ Day, Guatemala hosts one of the biggest events in Central America, combining Catholic and Mayan traditions with a series of unique dances, processions and live music

Quema del Diablo, Guatemala
Guatemalan tradition states that the devil resides in the corners of homes, under beds and amongst the garbage – so in the prelude to Christmas they clean their homes and throw an effigy of the devil on top of bonfires and hold firework displays, much like Guy Fawkes in Britain

Reveillon, BrazilReveillon, Brazil
Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro holds one of the best New Year parties anywhere on earth, with about two million people taking to the sand for one long night of Brazilian and international music, fireworks and continual partying

Courtesy of Wexas
http://www.wexas.com/december/holidays/

North America

National Finals Rodeo, United States of America
Las Vegas hosts the top rodeo championships, with contests in bronco-riding, bull-riding, bareback-riding, calf-roping, team-roping, steer-wrestling and barrel-racing

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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 22, 2010

Things not to do in 2011

As we  come near the end of another year – I want to thank  all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I  am totally screwed up now and have little chance of  recovery.

I  no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper  towel or have them put lemon slices in my ice water without  worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I  can’t use the remote in a hotel room because I don’t know  what the last person was doing while flipping through the  adult movie channels.

I  have trouble shaking hands with someone who has  been driving because the number one pastime while driving  alone is picking ones nose (although cell phone usage may be  taking the number one spot).

I  can’t touch any woman’s purse for fear she has  placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

I  must send my special thanks to whoever sent me the one about poop  in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet  sponge with every envelope that needs  sealing

Also,now I have to scrub the top of every  can I open for the same reason.

I  no longer have any savings because I gave it to  a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital  for the 1,387,258th time.

I  no longer have any money at all, but that will change  once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their  special e-mail program.

I  no longer worry about my soul because I have  363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa’s Novena has granted my every wish.

I  no longer eat KFC cause the chickens are horrible mutant  freaks with no eyes or feathers..

I  no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell  like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you I have learned  that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to  seven of my friends and make a wish within five  minutes.

I no longer drink Coca Cola because it  can remove toilet stains.

I  no longer can buy petrol  or diesel without  taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won’t  crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.

I  no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave  because it causes cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can’t boil a cup of water in the  microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face..  Disfiguring me for life.

I no longer  check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a  needle infected with AIDS.

I  no longer go to shopping malls because someone will  drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I  no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed  Ex since they are  actually Al Qaeda in disguise. And I  no longer answer the phone because someone will  ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with  calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore, and  Uzbekistan

Thanks to you I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big black spider is  lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites  my butt.

I  can no longer drive my car because I can’t buy petrol from certain fuel companies!

I  can’t do any gardening because I’m afraid  I’ll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If  you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the  next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your  head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon and the fleas from 12  camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy  hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a  friend of my next door neighbors’ ex-mother-in-law’s second  husband’s cousin’s beautician . . .

Oh,  by the way…..A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people  with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse..

Don’t  bother taking it off now, it’s too late,. you have already been recorded and added to the list.

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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 21, 2010

How to get the best holiday deals

For some of the best tips on getting the best holiday deals read this short article on what to look for and what to avoid.
http://mytraveladventure.com.au/how-to-get-the-best-adventure-travel-holiday-deals/
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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 18, 2010

The 8 Most Bizarre Rituals in the World

The 8 Most Bizarre Rituals in the World

By Turner Wright

Taken out of their cultural context, these rituals may well be considered “bizarre”, “unnecessary”, even downright insane, but not to those who perform them. They completely believe in what they’re doing, what it represents, and the impact on the receiver.

What are some of the most bizarre rituals around the world?

#1: Birth
A Muslim shrine in the Maharashtra state of India, where it is common practice to toss newborn babies off the side of a 15-meter tall temple.

#2: Marriage
The history of certain wedding customs are bizarre in themselves.

#3: Food
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

#4: Death
Sky Burial, Tibet

#5: Fire
Udappu Firewalking, Sri Lanka

#6: Fertility
Hounen Matsuri Fertility Festival, Japan

#7: Blood
Maasai Cow Blood Demonstration, East Africa

#8: Coming of Age
Bullet Ant, Costa Rica

Read the full report complete with spectacular pictures here …
http://www.vagabondish.com/8-bizarre-rituals-world/

About the author …

Turner Wright enjoys the finer things in life, which include: writing travel articles, eating too much, and running until his veins pump battery acid. He is a simple boy from Austin, Texas, but will soon be bouncing around three continents. Check out his blog, Once A Traveler.

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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 14, 2010

Sustainable tourism ‘must become mainstream’

Sustainable tourism must become mainstream if the industry is to secure a future for itself and the world – that was the stark message of former Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper at World Travel Market on Wednesday.

Read the article …

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2010/11/11/35235/wtm+2010+sustainable+tourism+must+become+mainstream.html?ref=nf

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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 14, 2010

Ideas For Round-the-World Travelers

Not sure what to take … these  ideas will make travel a bit easier …

Travel hammocks

As good as a tent, but lighter and take up less room in your pack ….

Compression sacks

How to fit all the stuff  into your small backpack … Easy, compression sacks ….

Travel clothing with lots of pockets

If you want to travel around the world with minimum luggage, use your pockets ….

Travel tripod

No matter how hard you try to keep still you’ll still shake  …

Travel water purifier

A travel water purifier may be the best travel insurance you can buy ….

Sleep sack

A sleep sack is invaluable in dubious hostels and hotels ….

Portable external hard drive

You can never backup your computer too much, nuff said ….

USB charger

You’ll never find a power outlet when you really need one  ….

Travel underwear and socks

Goes without saying ….

Bandana

So many uses … scarf, cap, headband, mask, dust screen or even underwear ….

See the full report by Aimee maxwell at http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/10-11/fa-gift-ideas-for-round-the-world-trip-travelers.html

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Posted by: traveljunkies | November 9, 2010

Great New Backpacking Site I’ve Just Discovered

Hey faithfull followers of traveljunkies …

I’ve just connected with Caz & Craig through Twitter and although it’s early days I’m going to see if we can team up a bit because they’ve got a great blog I think you’d like.

Take a look at http://www.ytravelblog.com and let me know what you think.

Have a great day.

Cliff

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