5 weird festivals in the world that celebrate animals

Each there, there are a lot of festivals taking place all over the world. And do you know that festival is always a very important part of a country's unique culture, belief and tradition?

Right below here are 5 of very special and unique festivals that all share a common idea of celebrating animal. Well, that sounds so interesting, doesn't it? Now, let's check out how great each one of them is. Here you are!!!

Monkey Buffet Festival, Thailand

Each fall in Lopburi, a city located in southern Thailand, thousands of macaques are invited to an impressive culinary feast.

The monkeys are treated to an amazing feast of fruits, vegetables and soft drinks at the city's annual Monkey Buffet Festival at Prang Sam Yot, an ancient temple where the macaques like to hang out, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to being a massive special meal for the macaques, the festival is quite the draw for tourists who flock to Lopburi to watch the monkeys gorge on soda and produce.

Pushkar Camel Fair, India

The Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India was originally created as a place for local people to sell and trade livestock, and now it becomes a very popular event that attracts more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle, as well as about 400,000 people who go to witness the colorful spectacle. Some groups of animals, herders and traders need to travel for 3 weeks to get to the fair. 

Pushkar Camel Fair in India

Pushkar Camel Fair in India is also the's world largest camel fair

Together with camel and horse sales and trades, there are also camel races, camel cart rides and camel competitions. Non-camel events are turban and mustache contests, as well as concerts and cultural events. Souvenirs include camel dung paper and notebooks, camel wool shawls and camel cheeses, cakes and cheesecakes, all made with camel milk.

Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, Alaska, the U.S.

Each year about mid-November, several thousand bald eagles descend on Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines, Alaska, to feed on late-running salmon. The American Bald Eagle Foundation holds an annual festival that attracts people from all around the world to the 48,000-acre preserve to see the majestic birds.

In addition to eagle-viewing opportunities, the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival also has presentations on eagle behavior, birding tours and photography workshops, as well as a craft bazaar and Alaskan wildlife and artisan workshops.

Swiss cow parades, Switzerland

Each fall in various towns throughout Switzerland, cows are dressed with flowers, ribbons, flags and other fancy regalia as they are herded down from their mountain pastures and paraded back to their homes in a show of respect for their work.

Herdsmen sometimes also dress in traditional garb and the villagers line up and cheer as they watch the colorful spectacle and the melodious ring of the cow bells. Called Alpabzugs, Alpabfahrts, Alp Processions or Cow Parades, the annual celebrations are often accompanied by festivals, folk singing and dancing, and dairy and produce markets. Similar parades are also held in various towns throughout Austria and Germany.

Diwali Festival of Dogs, India and Nepal

Dogs in India are honored each fall as part of the Hindu festival of Diwali or Festival of Lights. Specifically in Nepal, one day of the celebration is devoted to dogs, called Kukur Tihar. On that day, pet dogs and strays alike are given treats, decorated with marigold flower garlands and are smeared with vermillion on their heads as a sign of their sacredness.

It's customary during the celebration for people to offer blessings to their dogs which are, according to Hindu tradition, the messenger of Yamaraj, the god of death and the guardians of the gates of the afterlife.

After all, which one among these animal festivals is the most impressive for you? Please let us know your opinion by leaving a comment in the comment section right below here!

Source: mnn.com

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