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Thank you again to Graham for running the November challenge and to everyone who took part.

 

As the festive season approaches, my suggested subject for the December challenge is Festivities -– not only Christmas but any other festive occasion.  

 

The usual rules apply, up to three images submitted per person with eight being selected for a vote at the end of December. 

 

 

 

 

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The Fukugawa Hachiman Matsuri (festival) in Tokyo

 

A shrine getting a good soaking

 

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Geishas in the parade (avoiding a soaking)

 

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The parade continues...

 

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Best wishes,

 

Mike

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Fun indeed.

Young Native Indian Fancy Dancer in tiny tots competition at a Grand River Pow Wow

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Young Native Indian warrior straight dance at the Grand River Pow Wow in Canada

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Young tiger King of the Band at the Junior Caribana Parade in Toronto 2008

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Good choice of topic. Here a three festival shots from me.

 

Year of the Horse (2014) festival, Vancouver Chinatown

 

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Car-Free Day festival, Vancouver

 

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Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil) festival, Antigua, Guatemala

 

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Another interesting, if challenging, topic!

 

 

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Newcastle upon Tyne New Year's Eve

 

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Santa Special or North Pole Express - Tanfield Railway

 

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Oxford University students celebrate completion of final exams by jumping into river.

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Congratulations Sprock! Let's celebrate!
 
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Amsterdam King's Day 1
 
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Amsterdam King's Day 2
 
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Amsterdam Gay Pride

 

Far too small.

 

wim

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Three from me

 

 

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A girl looking at an illuminated father christmas figure 

 

 

 

 

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My boy, dressed as a panda for Hallowe'en.

 

 

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The outlandishly dangerous Chariot Race in Bakhtapur Nepal for their New Year's Day bash. The chariot is massive solid wood with about 50 people on it and it rolls, unstoppable, down this narrow crowded street. Lets hope they have their Health and Safety SOP up to date and signed by a senior manager. 

 

Col

 

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Bacchus and wine queens at a press call, Radebeul weinfest, Dresden. Sold in, er, Germany.

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Odiham mummers, Boxing day, Hampshire

 

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Dubai

 

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Christmas

Stockimo

 

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A mischievous Christmas elf doll plays on an office copy machine.

 

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A double exposure of a Christmas tree with lights blended with a stuffed polar bear wearing a santa hat and sunglasses.

 

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Kaleidoscope Christmas elf

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The festivities when we made a visit to a Masai village in Kenya...

 

 

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BRCWEF  Masai women doing a welcome dance. The cattle in the foreground display effects of the drought in Kenya that year.

 

 

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C5CE8P  Masai women's dancing feet.

 

 

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CN0DH1  I think he really enjoyed showing us the tradition of drinking cow's blood from a gourd. 

 

Paulette

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Heres my three:

 

 

Venice Carnival

 

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The Witchmen Border Morris Group at the Straw Bear Festival, Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire

 

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Graduation day, University of East Anglia

 

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Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Kumar

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