The most comprehensive part of this world is,that it is comprehensive. Probably that’s why this world is full of weird and strange stuff. The happenings and believes going on throughout the world sometimes even make you think about the superstitions, the mankind is suffering from. Here I am giving you some of the weird misconceptions of the people throughout the world. Have a look and please share your views.
Bonfire Night is a yearly event dedicated to bonfires, fireworks and celebrations. Different traditions celebrate Bonfire Night on different days. Some of the better known Bonfire Nights are: 5 November in the Great Britain and some Commonwealth countries (sometimes also called Guy Fawkes Night); 11 July in Northern Ireland, where it is also called Eleventh Night, precursor to The Twelfth; 23 June in the Republic of Ireland, sometimes known as St John’s Eve, a bonfire tradition which also survives in parts of Scandinavia; in Australia, the Queen’s Birthday. Several other cultures also include night-time celebrations involving bonfires and/or fireworks.
In Great Britain, Bonfire Night, also known as Fireworks Night, is associated with the tradition of Guy Fawkes’ Night.The modern event is held annually on or near 5 November, although its sectarian significance has generally been lost: it is now simply a night of revelry and fireworks.
Celebrations are held throughout Great Britain, in parts of Northern Ireland, and in some other parts of the Commonwealth. In Canada, 5 November is commemorated with bonfires and firework displays,and it is officially celebrated in South Africa.
In Northern Ireland, the term “Bonfire Night” can refer to the Eleventh Night celebrations of 11 July. Like 5 November, this Bonfire Night also has its roots in the sectarian struggle between Protestants and Catholics.
It celebrates the Battle of the Boyne of 1690, in which the Protestant William of Orange defeated the Catholic James II. The 23 June Bonfire Night in Ireland has its origins in a religious celebration and originally featured prayers for bountiful crops.
Up Helly Aa
Up Helly Aa refers to any of a variety of fire festivals held in Shetland, in Scotland, annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers in Lerwick and considerably lower numbers in the more rural festivals, formed into squads who march through the town or village in a variety of themed costumes.
The current Lerwick celebration grew out of the older yule tradition of tar barrelling which took place at Christmas and New Year as well as Up Helly Aa. Squads of young men would drag barrels of burning tar through town on sledges, making mischief.
After the abolition of tar barrelling around 1874–1880, permission was eventually obtained for torch processions. The first yule torch procession took place in 1876. The first torch celebration on Up Helly Aa day took place in 1881.
The following year the torchlit procession was significantly enhanced and institutionalized through a request by a Lerwick civic body to hold another Up Helly Aa torch procession for the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh. The first galley was burned in 1889.
There is a main guizer who is dubbed the “Jarl”. There is a committee which a person must be part of for 15 years before one can be a jarl, and only one person is elected to this committee each year.
The procession culminates in the torches being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley. The event happens all over Shetland and is currently celebrated at ten locations – Scalloway, Lerwick, Nesting and Girlsta, Uyeasound, Northmavine, Bressay, Cullivoe, Norwick, the South Mainland and Delting.
After the procession, the squads visit local halls (including schools, sports facilities and hotels), where private parties are held. At each hall, each squad performs its act, which may be a send-up of a popular TV show or film, a skit on local events, or singing or dancing, usually in flamboyant costume.
Due to the often-flamboyant costumes and the large quantity of males dressing up as females in the Lerwick festival (traditionally, the festival does not permit women to partake in the squads), it has earned the joke name “Transvestite Tuesday”.
Polar bear Diving
One of the least pleasurable things I can imagine doing on New Year is diving into freezing water, but then again, never tried it. A relatively new tradition, Polar Bear Diving on New Year Eve or New Year Day is becoming increasingly popular in North America. Groups of people gather around large bodies of water, like lakes or rivers, and jump in, with or without their clothes on.
According to tradition, the closer to midnight you dive, the more luck you are going to have in the next year. Though most Polar Bear divers get out of the water quickly, there is a danger of hypothermia or catching a really bad cold.