Day four of the nine-day San Fermin festival took place in Pamplona, Spain. The running of the bulls were made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The running consists of an early morning half-mile dash from the corral to the bullring alongside six bulls destined to die in the afternoon’s bullfight. This is followed by processions of giant traditional figures, concerts, firebulls, fireworks, and large doses of eating, drinking, dancing and late nights.
Attracting nearly 20,000 visitors from all over the world, the annual Wave-Gotik Treffen, or Wave and Goth Festival, kicked off on May 17, 2013. For four days, Wave, Goth and steam punk enthusiasts fashionably united in Leipzig, Germany for concerts, readings, films, a Middle Ages market and workshops.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the annual eclectic music festival held in southern California’s sweltering heat, kicked off on April 12 for the first weekend of its two-weekend celebration. Per the Los Angeles Times, 160,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the festivals’ run.
On March 27, Hindus across India and the Indian diaspora will observe Holi, a festival that in part marks the beginning of spring. In celebration, Hindu devotees spend the day smearing colored powder on each other’s faces and throwing colored water at friends and family, leading to Holi’s status as India’s “Festival of Colors.”
Local Holi celebrations often begin earlier, including Lathmar Holi in the northern Indian town of Barsana. Unique to the Lathmar Holi tradition is a ceremony where women use long sticks to beat men who sing provocative songs to invite their attention.
Every year, hordes flock to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW), a set of conferences and festivals with a broad appeal. For music lovers, it’s the unofficial start of the summer festival season; for cinephiles, it’s a chance to check out some off-the-radar indie films; and for techies, it’s a chance to explore new technologies and hear from some of the digital sphere’s best and brightest.
Oct. 19 Photo Brief: Explosive violence, baby pandas, wonderland fashion and pierced vegetarian faces
A deadly car bomb kills at least two and wounds 15 in Lebanon, devotees pierce their cheeks during the annual vegetarian festival in China, imaginative fashion at the “Alice In Wonderland In Me” show in Japan and more in today’s daily brief.
In the field video and photos of an Afghan IED attack that injured Private Ryan Thomas, Indian sand artist sculpts in honor of Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai, the Dashain and Navratri Hindu festivals get underway and more in today’s daily brief.
The 26th Burning Man Festival ramps up in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. More than 60,000 people have gathered at the sold out festival.