Entertainment activities and forms are differing based upon cultures, environments, societies and peoples conducting it... Entertainment is often considered the son of its environment which is affected by the social and economic conditions as well as geographical characteristics... In this article, I am mentioning some unique and interesting glimpses of the peoples' cultures in entertainment…
(An entertainment glimpse) Horseraces in Mongolia:
Mongolians, unlike other people, are famous of caring and riding horses. The horse is one of the Mongolian symbols and a part of the Mongolian folklore. Going more into the customs of the population, it is found that pastoralists are often organizing the mass horseraces for entertainment where lowland and rangeland are extending alongside vast parts of the Country.
Mongolian kids and youth alike are participating in such custom races as equestrian represents a running passion across generations… Members of nomadic tribes are providing the horses ready for races and competition.
Moreover, there are official races organized for the same purpose. On 2016, horseraces recorded a great increase, approximately six hundred per year. More than one thousand boy had registered their names as horseraces riders amongst participants, according to the Official Agency.
Horseraces have its origin in history as Mongolian leader, Genghis Khan, had founded between 1162 and 1227 "Orto" horserace, where the rider was travelling on his horse for long days.
(An entertainment glimpse) Denmark … Hygge, People's Culture and Lifestyle:
According to UN report, Denmark is the happiest country around the world… Observers refer their happiness secret to Hygge culture which is the people's culture and life philosophy. The word "Hygge" is only in the Scandinavian language; but it means "warmth" in Arabic, "relief" in French and "joy" in English.
Hygge may be certain feeling, experience or sense, but and above all, it is a life philosophy through which the Danish reached an understanding about importance of simplicity, importance of allocating a time for relaxation and necessity of slowing down the frequency of life which acquires faster and more impulsive frequency every day.
Hygge means that you shall wear woolen socks with beautiful colour, light a candle with amber smell or summer rain, set down on a comfortable sofa besides the window and read a beautiful book…
Hygge means that you shall invite some of your friends or family members for having dinner on a carefully-selected table in dim light… Hygge means that you shall wear a jacket in the first days of autumn for warming you up; go in a little trip into the woods or neighbouring garden on foot, then you shall go back and drink a cup of hot chocolate besides the fireplace.
All matters seem simple, very public and general for all peoples till now, and there is no a sign to allocate it for Denmark only. "Hygge" is everything and no thing.
It is just a feeling escorting some matters we do. It may also escort everything in our life and conjoin with the lifestyle itself.
"Hygge is not a matter of translation or interpretation rather; it is a matter of life".
(An entertainment glimpse) " Kok boru" in Kyrgyzstan:
"Kok boru" is one of the most famous games in Kyrgyzstan, which rules thereof require that each team shall hit the largest number of points by bearing the goat’s carcass putting it into the opponents’ goal. Such strange game was considered as a combat training in the past.
(Kok boru) is as important for the Kyrgyz people as it is their national game; not just a mere game, it is how the Kyrgyz people restore their heritage and culture.
(An entertainment glimpse) Cheese Rolling Festival - England:
Cheese Rolling Festival is one of most popular festivals in England. It is belonging to the Romans and its rules are that a piece of cheese weighted 7 kg is used and rolled through being thrown from a high mountain.
Competitors are running behind it and the one reaching it is the winner…
(An entertainment glimpse) Sumo – Japan:
Japanese Sumo is one of the combat sports that are popular in Japan. The sport involves some of the old Japanese ceremonies. The Japanese do not consider it as a mere regular sport; rather, they agree that it is a tradition and heritage that they must preserve it.
The rule of Sumo is that each wrestler (Rikishi) attempts to force his opponent to step out of the wrestle ring (dohyo) or to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the bottom of his feet.
Although Sumo has its origins from many centuries ago, it is considered one of the modern combat sports.
(An entertainment glimpse) La Tomatina, Spain:
Tomato fight is one of the customs popular in Valencia, one of the Spanish cities, where many people are gathering in squares and roads for being ready for the beginning of the tomato fight. So much quantity is used as people hit each other. After the fight, all participants are gathering to eat…
The festival lasts for one week and includes music, performances, dance and fireworks…
Participants are competing in cooking Paella in the night preceding the festival.
It is a festival tradition that women wear in white and men do not wear any shirts.
(An entertainment glimpse) Corrida De Toros, Spain:
Bullfighting is an old Spanish sport where a wrestler (Matadore) and a bull are fighting in a ring before the people attending to watch how human defeats the animal.
This popular sport is one of the most sports deemed dangerous to those who exercising it, as wrestlers are not provided with the protection sufficient for their body from the horns of a bull that must be sharp and the bull must be big, strong and healthy.
There is an old tradition preceding the bullfighting contests which is freeing the bulls from its bull pens to reach the bull ring and people are running in front of them wearing red scarfs, for it is believed that red colour is confusing the bull,
People are competing in running in front of the bulls till reaching th ring.
It is worth mentioned that there are injuries occurring among people due to that, however, they love participating in this as it is a mark of bravery and a way to excitement and adventure.
(An entertainment glimpse) Pushkar Camel Fair- India:
It is an amazing performance for about fifty thousand camel gathering in the small desert town (Pushkar), located at Rajathan, India. It lasts for 5 days when competitions take place; it is an opportunity to witness the traditional Indian lifestyle where beauty, culture, trade and colors are mingling together…
The most attractive thing is the competition of the most beautiful camel in the world, where camels are competing with each other while adorned by colorful decorations and wear colorful and decorative saddles. Other competitions are marathon and other dance competition among camels.
(An entertainment glimpse) Logging … Egypt:
It is one of the most popular Egyptian folklore, which is fighting by using a long stick. It always appeared in the Egyptian film production that there is a man holding his stick proudly and waving by it in pirouettes, or two men, each holding a stick, fighting friendly without any violence before the encouraging masses…
Logging is one of the sports encouraging to equestrian and skills in fighting. It is not as thought by some people that it is limited to holding the stick and stand in front of the opponent to fight him; rather, it has its strict rules and controls that must be learnt well before holding the stick. Example, the ring shall include a judge to solve between the litigants in case of any dispute or difference between them. Fighter (knight) must start with greeting his opponent through certain symbols and movements using the stick. They then continue fighting, at the end, after one of them is winning, the two players they are hugging each other.
This is how the game contributes to adding a joyful and funny atmosphere to the audience who come from far towns to watch and enjoy.
Strong stick is the logging focus and basic tool that game will not start without…
(An entertainment glimpse) Wife-Carrying Championship – England:
Every year, Docking village in eastern southern England is witnessing "Wife-Carrying" Championship…
The first international championship for this sport was organized in Sarajevo on 1973, then, countries are rotating in organizing such event.
The rules of the sport are so simple.
The man has to carry his wife, who must not be less than 50 Kg, and run for 380 meter, surpassing the barriers. The winner is the one reaching the finish line first, of course with his carried wife.
(An entertainment glimpse) Mud Festival- Southern Korea:
At the beginning of the summer every year, it is organized in Boryeong city, and mud shower battle is held which attract millions of tourists from different places in the world. It is worth mentioned that such festival was started by Southern Korea as a marketing mechanism for the cosmetics companies that include mud in its elements.
(An entertainment glimpse) Monkey Buffet Festival, Thailand:
Thailand is celebrating, at the end of the last week of November, what they call the Monkey Buffet, where the Thai are inviting the monkeys live in the jungle of Lapburi, which are known of their ferocity and are used to annoying the visitors of the jungle, to a buffet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Thailand started this festival on 1989, as the Thai people saw that the best way to deal with trouble-making monkeys is to contain them. About 3 thousand type of fruits and vegetables are provided in the buffet to the monkeys.
(An entertainment glimpse) Australian Rules Football:
It is a sport aroused in Australia like the football type which was popular in the fiftieth of this century. It does not much differ from the rugby rules and Union rules, except for moving from rectangular playgrounds into oval playgrounds, this requires carrying out more tasks in the playground.
Points are calculated through kicking the ball between each two posts, the goal is the kick enters between the two internal posts and is equal to 6 points. The kick enters between a goal post, this is the one enters between the external posts. Players may kick back the ball and kick to other players using their hands.
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