Nun Bingo at the Hopping Procession of Echternach

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in European Bazaar, Festivals, History, Photography, Religion, Travel

For 1000 years the people of Echternach in Luxembourg have been celebrating the life and achievements of their chosen saint, the good St Willibrord. In fact, they’ve been celebrating it for so long that no one actually remembers why they celebrate the way they do.

They just do, and that’s good enough for them.

Thought Yurts and Think Tents – Philosophy and Music in Hay-on-Wye

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Books, European Bazaar, Festivals, History, Media, Politics, Religion, Science, Society

Many British festivals are synonymous with the need to pack your best gumboots/wellies; Glastonbury veterans love to proudly compare the depth of mud they have slogged through for love of music.

What I didn’t expect was for my first mudslide festival to be at the world’s largest philosophy and music event.

BYO Shotgun (Part 2) – Hide Your Hats; The Pirates are coming! Es Firo in Mallorca

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in City Guides, European Bazaar, Festivals, History, Photography, Religion, Society, Travel

If there’s been a common theme thus far with the Spanish festivals of European Bazaar, it has been the definite need of earplugs.

In March, at Valencia’s Las Fallas, it was the likelihood of having your eardrums popped like bubblegum by your close proximity to any one of a million fireworks. At the Mallorcan festival of Es Firo it’s probably going to be because there is a man dressed as a pirate and he appears to have bought his own shotgun to the festival…BOOM…

And that is only the beginning of the craziness.

Fire, Frenzy and Neo-Pagan G-Strings – Scotland’s Beltane

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, European Bazaar, Festivals, History, Photography, Religion, Society, Travel

On the very outskirts of Edinburgh, commanding stunning views across Scotland’s ruggedly beautiful capital, sits Calton Hill. Here exposed to the elements, in full view of the turning seasons, a battle is about to take place in a faerie world where passion and purity are manifest. Tonight someone will die and be reborn – welcome to the lust and loincloths of Scotland’s Beltane festival.

Fete des Oeufs and the Strangest Easter Celebrations

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in European Bazaar, Festivals, Food, Photography, Religion, Society, Travel

When it comes to strange festivals it’s easy to look beyond the familiar traditions that are the regular timepieces of our own lives. Yet often the weirdest celebrations are right under our furry, pink little noses…

We have all just survived another year it so lets to turn our eye to the Christian calendar’s most important celebration, Easter!

How not to be Blown Up, Deafened or Buried by Flaming Rubble at Spain’s Las Fallas

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, European Bazaar, Festivals, Politics, Religion, Society, Travel

Las Fallas is the Spanish city of Valencia’s biggest and most outrageous festival. It combines art, fire and literally truckloads of explosives, into what can best be described as barely-contained insanity.

It is fun, irreverent, constantly surprising, and also a little bit dangerous. So to make sure you survive, One Small World has put together a crash course survival guide on how to come out of Las Fallas unscathed.

Freaky Festivals – Europe’s Top 10 Strangest Festivals

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in European Bazaar, Festivals, Food, History, Religion, Society, Top List, Travel

Originally published at TheNewDaily.com.au

Bog snorkelling? Hospital bed racing? In 2014 One-Small-World.com goes in search of Europe’s silliest and strangest festivals on a quest to discover why almost every culture loves to court the bizarre.

We humans are an odd bunch at the best of times. Couple that with our love of a party and voila! our own strange tendencies become a cultural occasion.