On Nyepi, a day of silence is honored on the island of Bali, and everyone must adhere to closed businesses and a day of reverence that honors the new year with Ogah Ogah, statues that are paraded as effigies around the villages.
Cultures & Festivals
In Miles City Montana, the third weekend in May is the famous Bucking Horse Sale, where horses that buck are pitted against cowboys, and festivities ensue. Not only bucking broncos but bucking steers and even a sheep that kids try to ride for fun.
In Bavaria, despite a successful high-tech economy, farmers still do as they have since ancient times. William Krakow describes the annual Viehscheid, a ritual of bringing the cows back down from the mountains to town.
Montelago Celtic Festival in Italy’s Apennine Mountains is a combination of a druid gathering, a music fest, and the Highland games–with camping, world music, and lots of beer and fun.
Il Palio is a 95-second horse race around the Piazza del Campo in the historic city’s center. Throngs of cheering locals and visitors make this a breathtaking event, once made famous as the beginning of a James Bond movie.
Ellen Besso’s story about finally visiting India after being preoccupied with the country for her whole life. With her partner Don, she visits Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj.