What the devil? Spaniards clang bells in religious festival

Feb 5, 2017

What the devil? Spaniards clang bells in religious festival

For two days in a tiny Spanish village, the devil ceases to be enemy number one for a few devout Catholics. Since medieval times, the 400 residents of Almonacid del Marquesado have celebrated the Endiablada (Brotherhood of the Devils) festival each Feb. 2 and ...

Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Jan 13, 2017

Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Every January, thousands of voodoo worshippers joined by crowds of tourists and descendants of slaves trudge down the long sand track leading to the beach at Ouidah in Benin. The cars, motorbikes and women in wrap skirts with tribal scars on their cheeks head ...

UNESCO heritage list adds 33 Japanese festivals as single entry

Dec 1, 2016

UNESCO heritage list adds 33 Japanese festivals as single entry

Thirty-three traditional festivals from across Japan have been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the international body said. The festivals, most of which date back to the Edo Period (1603-1868), are held in 18 prefectures and feature parades involving floats made with traditional ...