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The festival of Tiragân is observed on July 1st, and it is primarily a rain festival and it is one of the three most widely celebrated feasts (along with Mehregan and Norooz) amongst Iranian peoples.  Tir in modern Persian,; Tishtar in Middle Persian or Pahlavi; and Avestan Tishtrya, is the Yazad presiding over the Star Sirius, brightest star in the sky, and of rain, and thus Tir Yazad especially invoked to enhance harvest and counter drought (Av. Apousha).

The festival of Tiragân is observed on July 1st, and it is primarily a rain festival and it is one of the three most widely celebrated feasts (along with Mehregan and Norooz) amongst Iranian peoples. Tir in modern Persian,; Tishtar in Middle Persian or Pahlavi; and Avestan Tishtrya, is the Yazad presiding over the Star Sirius, brightest star in the sky, and of rain, and thus Tir Yazad especially invoked to enhance harvest and counter drought (Av. Apousha).

The lake Turkana Festival takes place annually in Loiyangalani, a small town located on the south-eastern coast of Lake Turkana. The name means “a place of many trees” in the native Samburu tongue and is home to the El Molo, an almost extinct community, amongst other communities. Its main industries include fishing, tourism and gold» Read More

The lake Turkana Festival takes place annually in Loiyangalani, a small town located on the south-eastern coast of Lake Turkana. The name means “a place of many trees” in the native Samburu tongue and is home to the El Molo, an almost extinct community, amongst other communities. Its main industries include fishing, tourism and gold» Read More

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2012

Straws,Festivals,Bears

Mikoshi on the water during the Hamaorisai Festival in Chigasaki. Photography by Jesslee Cuizon

Mikoshi on the water during the Hamaorisai Festival in Chigasaki. Photography by Jesslee Cuizon

Gourmet in Wilderness, Kuusamo, Lapland, Finland, July 2012 by Heikki Rantala

Gourmet in Wilderness, Kuusamo, Lapland, Finland, July 2012 by Heikki Rantala

May 15th Saturday or Sunday, Tokyo, Kanda Matsuri, large festival, odd number year...Shrines, floats, Shinto priests

May 15th Saturday or Sunday, Tokyo, Kanda Matsuri, large festival, odd number year...Shrines, floats, Shinto priests

Japan - Onikoshi-Sozen-jinja Shrine  -  Dates: Second Saturday of June - Departing from a mountain village, 100 horses parade down to the town in a merry jingling of bells  Some 100 horses, fitted with brightly colored harnesses and lots of bells, parade along a distance of approximately 15 km from Takizawa City to Morioka City. 'Chagu Chagu' is an onomatopoeic expression for the bells sounding as the horses trot along.

Japan - Onikoshi-Sozen-jinja Shrine - Dates: Second Saturday of June - Departing from a mountain village, 100 horses parade down to the town in a merry jingling of bells Some 100 horses, fitted with brightly colored harnesses and lots of bells, parade along a distance of approximately 15 km from Takizawa City to Morioka City. 'Chagu Chagu' is an onomatopoeic expression for the bells sounding as the horses trot along.

Kurama no Hi-Matsuri | Japan National Tourism Organization

Kurama no Hi-Matsuri | Japan National Tourism Organization

Gion Matsuri - Kyoto. Japan's most famous festival. It takes place in July with all kinds of festivities, but the main stuff takes place from the 14-17. It's a blast! Make sure you dress up in yukata for the celebration.

Gion Matsuri - Kyoto. Japan's most famous festival. It takes place in July with all kinds of festivities, but the main stuff takes place from the 14-17. It's a blast! Make sure you dress up in yukata for the celebration.

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