Burning Man 2015 Begins!

Participants gather at the art installation “Totem of Confessions” during the Burning Man 2015 “Carnival of Mirrors” arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 31, 2015. Approximately 70,000 people from all over the world are gathering at the sold-out festival to spend a week in the remote desert to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. (Photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters)
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Glastonbury Festival Clean-up Begins

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For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.

Highlights of the musical extravaganza have included Dolly Parton, Metallica and Arcade Fire, while Kasabian headlined the Pyramid Stage last night. Campers now have until 6pm to leave the site at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, while crew and stall holders are given a week to clear their property. Meanwhile, hours before they began to leave, organiser Michael Eavis revealed that the 44-year-old event could have a lifespan of just six more years.
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Oktoberfest 2012: World’s Biggest Beer Festival Begins

Oktoberfest, the world’s most famous beer festival, kicked off its 179th edition at the Theresienwiese fairground in Germany on 22 September. Christian Ude, the Lord Mayor of Munich, tapped the first keg of Oktoberfest beer to declare the 16-day event open. The traditional opening ceremony also included a 12-gun salute. The opening day of Oktoberfest 2012 coincided with the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, which brought heavy rain to Munich. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will crowd into the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for a festival that is also a showcase for Bavarian culture.

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Chinese New Year 2012: Dragon Fever Begins

A girl looks at lantern decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a park in Neihuang county, Henan province January 6, 2012. The Lunar New Year begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. (REUTERS / China Daily) Continue reading »

Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador Begins to Erupt, People Evacuate

The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador spewed ash up to 4 kilometers in the sky and produced superheated gas flow (pyroclastic flows) approximately one kilometer down the volcano flank Tuesday.

The eruption created large clouds of gas and ash above the summit and is reportedly directed towards the southeast and the west, near Banos, about 178 km (110 miles) south of Ecuador’s capital Quito, the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador said.

Tungurahua, meaning “Throat of Fire” in Ecuador’s native Quechua language, is one of eight active volcanoes in the Andean nation. It has been in an active state since October 1999 and erupts almost every year.

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano spews volcanic lava accompanied by large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, about 178 km (110 miles) south of Quito Nov. 28, 2011. (Reuters) Continue reading »

Oktoberfest: World’s Biggest Beer Fest Begins

Oktoberfest festival is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. And this year the mayor of Munich Christian Ude has tapped the first keg to kick off the 178th traditional German folk festival.

A waitress carries the traditional 1-litre beer mugs at the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest September 17, 2011. (Reuters) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: And they’re off! Running of the Bulls Begins in Pamplona, Spain

A ‘mozo’ or runner is turned round by a young bull at Pamplona’s bullring after finishing the first run of the 2011 San Fermines festival on July 7. (Jesus Caso / EPA). Zoom.