Things to see, do, and follow on social media, August 18-24
Famadihana (Turning of the Bones),
Hauts plateaux, Madagascar
Every year in the highlands of Madagascar, families of Malagasy people gather to honor their dead family members. Families exhume the bodies of their family members once every 2 or 7 years. They cover the bodies with fresh silk clothes and throw a party. The practice is a chance for extended family to come together and celebrate the memory of those past. It has been described as an act of love and a way to remember the dead.
⚱• #BBCAfrica has a great feature on #Famadihana, #Madagascar’s unique funeral tradition. Every year the #Malagasy people of Madagascar honour their #dead through Famadihana, also known as the “turning of the bones”. They re-wrap their ancestors in fresh cloth and then dance with the corpses around their tombs to the sounds of live music. Whole families will travel the country to join in this celebration which is seen as the Malagasy way of respecting the dead.
Throughout August, friends and family gather in Nordic countries for crayfish parties. The practice originated in Sweden and is similar to American BBQ parties. Traditionally, the crayfish are boiled in a brine mixture and topped with crown dill. Beer and schnapps are in ready supply and the festivities can get rowdy with drinking songs and games. Party accessories include paper tablecloths, lanterns, and hats that are decorated with depictions of the man in the moon.
Festival de Tango
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Venues pop up across Buenos Aires to celebrate the sultry dance of tango. Concerts, performances and classes are part of the fun and all the events are free. The festival includes a fair selling every piece of tango related regalia you’ll need to dance your heart out.
Rose of Tralee
Tralee, Country Kerry, Ireland
Each year, the 32 counties of Ireland select a young woman to be a “rose.” Out of the 32 women, one is crowned the Rose based on her personality and ability to be a good role model. The contest is not a beauty pageant and the Rose must display the attributes found in the ballad “The Rose of Tralee” by C. Mordaunt Spencer and Charles William Glover.
Mount Hagen Show
Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Tribes gather the third week of August for the biggest singsing (tribal gathering) in Papau New Guinea. Clad in feathers, elaborate headdresses, body paint and other traditional dress, which includes shells, board tusks and fur, tribes perform dances. Over 100 tribes participate and the tribe that garners the biggest reaction from the crowd wins the show.
Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival
Llandrindod Wells, Wales
August 21-27, 2017
If you have always wanted to dress in high-necked dresses and petti coats, travel by horse and carriage and carry around lace umbrellas, this is the festival for you. The small town of Llandridod Wells transforms into a Victorian town and participants dress in costume. Visitors will feel transported back in time. The events held throughout the week are family friendly and include music, shows, dancing and of course, tea time.