Festivals around the globe

Posted : 2019-07-12 12:23 Updated : 2019-07-12 12:45
A man jumps over a campfire during the traditional Ivan Kupala Night festival at the Koza-Dereza farm near the Siberian village of Pridorozhnyy in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, July 6, 2019. Picture taken July 6, 2019. Reuters

People celebrate at the start of La Vaquilla festival in Teruel, Spain, 06 July 2019, a tradition dating back to 1982. EPA

Revellers hold their arms up during the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday July 6, 2019. The blast of a traditional firework opened Saturday nine days of uninterrupted partying in Pamplona's famed running-of-the-bulls festival. A member of the northern city's official brass band was chosen for this year's launch of the rocket, known as the "Chupinazo," to mark 100 years since the local ensemble's foundation. AP

Dancers of the Swan Lake of Saint Petersburg Ballett perform during the 55rd edition of the International Festival of Carthage at the Roman theater of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia, 11 July 2019. The festival runs from 11 July to 20 August 2019. EPA

Thousands of candles are arranged in the shape of the Milky Way to celebrate Tanabata, a Japanese star festival, at Zojoji Temple, Friday, July 5, 2019, in Tokyo. AP

Fireworks explode during the Zueri Faescht festival over Lake Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland July 5, 2019. Reuters

A man wearing a costume of "Toro de Fuego" (bull of fire) chases people during the San Fermin Festival on July 9, 2019, in Pamplona, northern Spain. AFP

Revellers run next to fighting bulls from Cebada Gago ranch, during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 8, 2019. Revellers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. AP

Several 'mozos', or runners, are chased by bulls of Victoriano del Rio ranch during the fifth 'encierro,' or running-with-the-bulls, of the Sanfermines festivities in Pamplona, Spain, 11 July 2019. EPA

Spanish bullfighter Alberto Lopez Simon, performs in the bullring during a bullfight at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, July 7, 2019. Revelers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. AP

Several activists of animal rights defense organizations AnimaNaturales and PETA stage a protest against bullfighting at City Hall Square, in Pamplona, Navarra, northern Spain, 05 July 2019, on the eve of the beginning of Sanfermines. The well-known festival runs from 06 to 14 July. EPA

A man takes part in the traditional 'Rapa das Bestas' or The Capture of the Beasts festival in Sabucedo, Galicia, Spain, 07 July 2019. Every year wild horses are captured in the hills and then carried to a farmyard to brand them and to cut their horsehair during a traditional festival. Several thousand people attended the feast to observe young people overcoming horses without using ropes or sticks. EPA

Jake Martin lifts a catfish out of a pool to win the first round in the Catfish Wrastlin' competition at the Green River Catfish Festival on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Morgantown, Ky. AP

A paraglider flies above Lake Geneva during a show on the side line of the 53rd Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF), in Montreux, Switzerland, 07 July 2019. The MJF runs from June 28 to July 13 and features 450 concerts. EPA

Hot-air balloons fly during the 23th European Balloon Festival in Igualada, near Barcelona on July 11, 2019. - The European Balloon Festival is the largest one in the country and one of the biggest in Europe. AFP

A man walks on a slackline during the 7th edition of the European 'Marmotte Highline Project' (MHP) festival in Lans-en-Vercors, near Grenoble, eastern France, on July 4, 2019. - The event, during which the participants will be able to evolve on the various highlines located in the Regional Natural Park of Vercors, takes place until July 7, 2019. AFP

Extras and actors perform during a rehearsal of the Fete des Vignerons (Winegrowers Festival in French), a traditional festival which takes place in Vevey, western Switzerland approximately every 25 years, on July 8, 2019. AFP

Extras and actors perform during a rehearsal of the Fete des Vignerons, a traditional festival which takes place in Vevey, western Switzerland approximately every 25 years, on July 8, 2019. - It has been organised by the local brotherhood of winegrowers in Vevey since 1797. This edition will run from July 18 to August 11, 2019. AFP

French musician Pepe of the music group Deluxe performs on stage during the 35th edition of the Francofolies Music Festival, in La Rochelle, southwestern France, on July 11, 2019. AFP

Participants of the Christopher Street Day (CSD) Parade pose in the streets of Cologne, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2019. This years gay parade of the Cologne Pride festival with an estimated million spectators marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising in New York against police persecution, a turning point in the modern gay rights movement. AP

A picture taken on July 5, 2019 shows the installation "Everything is fine" depicting the half submerged head of US President Donald Trump by Jacques Rival, architect, displayed in the Moselle river as part of the digital art festival "Constellations de Metz" in Metz, eastern France. AFP

A girl poses with Pokemon figures Pikachu (R) and Eevee (L) during the 'Pokemon Go Fest' event in Dortmund, Germany, 04 July 2019. More than 150,000 fans of the smartphone game 'Pokemon Go' are expected in Dortmund from 04 to 07 July 2019. The 'Pokemon Go' festival held for the first time in Europe and is only available in this form in Chicago and Yokohama. EPA

An Indian elephant is painted ahead of the annual Hindu festival Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad on July 3, 2019. - Rath Yatra, an annual Hindu festival, is scheduled to start on July 4 this year and will be led by some 15 elephants. Many temples in India, including the Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad holding the Rath Yatra, traditionally parade decorated elephants at Hindu festivals. Animal rights activists want the practice banned. AFP

Indian Hindu devotees participate in the annual festival of Rath Yatra, or chariot procession, in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Three idols of Hindu deities Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in a grand procession in specially made chariots called raths, which are pulled by thousands of devotees on this day. AP

In this June 23, 2019 photo, devotees perform rituals beside idols of goddess Kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India. The temple is presided over by the goddess Kamakhya, the most important goddess of tantric worship, an esoteric form of Hinduism. The four-day Ambubachi festival is a celebration of Kamakhya's yearly menstrual cycle, and it brings hundreds of thousands of devotees to the temple. AP

A picture taken on July 6, 2019 shows the old city of Bonifacio illuminated during the "Festi Lumi" light festival on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. - The 6th edition of Festi Lumi takes place from July 4 to July 6, 2019. AFP