14 Amazing (And Ancient) Cultural Festivities Around The World.
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Tapati Rapa Nui. Easter Island, Chile. February. Remote and exotic though it may be, Easter Island isn’t just a museum of monuments – it’s home to a thriving community. Many of today’s 6,000 islanders are descendants of the aboriginal inhabitants, the Rapa Nui, whose culture they celebrate with gusto each year through a variety of traditional sporting contests and artistic competitions, spanning everything from singing and dancing to body painting, horse racing, cooking, canoeing, Haka Pei (sliding down the island’s steepest slope on banana trunks) and the Rapa Nui Triathlon, which consists of reed boat paddling, barefoot running (while carrying 20 kilos of bananas) and reed float swimming – truly an impressive sight to see. [Photo: Alvaro Valenzuela/Flickr]