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Fantastic Festivals of the World

From Hong Kong to Quebec, Fantastic Festivals of the World explores a variety of different countries and cultures and the many different festivals they celebrate.

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1. Dia de Los Muertos - Michoacan, Mexico

By the shores of Patzcuaro Lake, descendants of the Purepecha Tribe celebrate a colorful and uplifting way of honoring their adored dead.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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2. La Fiesta de la Tradicion (Tradition Festival) -Argentina

The festival honors the Gaucho tradition and Argentina's history. Gauchos wearing colorful ponchos perform wild equestrian fames during the day. At night people enjoy dancing the Tango.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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3. Fasnacht Festival - Black Forest and Cologne, Germany

One of the oldest and most traditional pre-lenten carnival events in Germany. Historic handmade costumes and uniquely painted hand-carved wooden masks are always the most distinctive aspect of the festivities.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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4. La Bouna Pasqua - Sicily, Italy

Easter is celebrated with great passion. A 20-hour procession on the streets of Trapani with men carrying heavy "Misteri" statues that are 500 years old tell the story of Christ's suffering.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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5. Pahiyas Harvest Festival - Philippines

This May festival is in thanksgiving for a good harvest and is in honor of San Isdiro de Labrador, patron saint of farmers. Festival includes a water buffalo parade, a parade of colorful giant figures, parties in the streets and decorated chandeliers and flora.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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6. Garma Festival - Australia

The Aboriginal people, who have 40,000 years of cultural history, gather every year for Garma. The festival features the "bunggul performance", traditional Nuku Dhulang paintings on bark, dances, song, art.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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7. Highland Games - Scotland

These games pre-date recorded history. Games include strength competition, dances, bagpipes, drumming, and plenty of Scottish food.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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8. Boi Bumba - Parintins, Brazil

Influenced by Portuguese and Arab populations. The festival is a competition between two groups of Boi performers who contend in dancing, singing, and band music. Each group tries to out-do each other with stunning displays.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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9. Andong Mask Festival - South Korea

Over time the festival has become more charming and performance oriented with spectators becoming part of the show. There are a myriad of events including Korean mask dances, puppet theatres, and performers who use visitors for impromptu jokes.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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10. The Lantern Festivals - Taiwan

People of Taitung province throw firecrackers at the God Handan for luck and wealth. The festival celebrates the Lunar New Year displaying large handmade animal lanterns that are released into the sky as far as 3,000 feet in the air.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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11. Lag Baomer & Shavout Celebrations - Purim, Israel

Thousands of Jewish people arrive from all over Israel for this festival which celebrates a ritual for 3-year-old boys getting their first haircut. Raging bonfires are a major part. The customs of Shavout include reading of a liturgical poem and the Book of Ruth.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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12. The Five-Petalled Rose of Celebration - Czech Republic

This is one of the oldest and most popular festivals in Europe. It features traditional dancing, jugglers, musicians, actors, burghers, merchants, theatre performers, concerts, and medieval street feasts.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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13. Summer Festivals - Japan

The Kumano area, where the fire festival takes place, is one of the most sacred and mysterious shrines in Japan. Participants parade with decorated fans, huge torches, to invoke the gods and to pray for the well-being of all creatures on earth.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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14. Dragon Boat Festival - Hong Kong

Witness the amazing teamwork, akill, beauty and tradition of one of the world's fastest growing sports, "Dragon Boat Racing". Culinary delights feature some of the best dim sum in Hong Kong, the making of rice dumplings and minimalist yet luxurious menu by the "Demon Chef".

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 5 April 2004
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