Tradition

Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County...Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after.

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More than 100 Pokot girls wearing traditional jewellery take part in an initiation ceremony marking the passing into womanhood, in Baringo County, about 80km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat, Kenya

Balinese Villagers Celebrate The Annual Ngusaba Puseh Ritual...KARANGASEM, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 11: A Balinese man in a state of trance dances wearing a sacred Rangda mask during a sacred ritual of Ngusaba Puseh at Selumbung Village on September 11, 2014 in the Karangasem District, Bali, Indonesia. The Ngusaba Puseh  ritual is performed once a year to celebrate the ancestors of the local community and show gratitude to God.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

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A Balinese man in a state of trance dances wearing a sacred Rangda mask during a sacred ritual of Ngusaba Puseh at Selumbung Village in the Karangasem District, Bali, Indonesia

Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa August 20, 2013. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen's stability.

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Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa summer festival in Sanaa on Tuesday. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen’s stability

ndian children watch Yadavs, an Indian pastoral community, carrying water from the River Ganges to offer at the Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, India, Monday,July 29, 2013. On the first Monday of the Hindu calendar month of Sawan, or rainy season, the community offers water of the scared river Ganges at the temple, as an age old annual tradition of thanking the God for bringing rains. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Children watch Yadavs, an Indian pastoral community, carrying water from the Ganges river to offer at the Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, India, on Monday. On the first Monday of the Hindu calendar month of Sawan, or rainy season, the community offers water from the sacred river as part of an age-old tradition of thanking the gods for bringing rain. 

A boy stands between a "Kiliki" and a "Cabezudo" during the San Fermin festivals "Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudos" (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona. "Kilikis", wearing outsized masks and playfully hitting bystanders with sponges on sticks, parade daily through the city accompanied by brass bands during the nine-day-long festival made popular by U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway.

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A boy sits on his father’s shoulders between a ‘Kilik’ and a ‘Cabezudo’ during the San Fermin festival Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudo (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona on Tuesday.

A fighting cow leaps over revellers upon entering the bullring following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona...A fighting cow leaps over revellers upon entering the bullring following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2013. Several runners suffered light injuries in a run that lasted four minutes and six seconds, according to local media.   REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu (SPAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

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A fighting cow leaps over revellers upon entering the bullring following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Sunday. Several runners suffered light injuries in a run that lasted four minutes and six seconds, according to local media 

Relatives embrace each other as they race on horses through a cheering crowd during the traditional Fiesta of San Joan (Saint John) in downtown Ciutadella, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Menorca, June 24, 2013. The riders of the horses are the representatives of ancient Ciutadella society - nobility, clergy, craftsmen and farmers.

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Relatives embrace each other as they race on horses through a cheering crowd during the traditional Fiesta of Sant Joan in downtown Ciutadella, on the Spanish Balearic island of Menorca. The riders of the horses are the representatives of ancient Ciutadella society – nobility, clergy, craftsmen and farmers.

People throw mud onto each other at a crop field during Hucang Festival at Zhangjiajie, Hunan province June 5, 2013. Hucang Festival is a traditional celebration among local ethnic Tujia people, who believe the muddier a person is after the celebration, the better the harvest he or she will enjoy.

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People throw mud at each other in a crop field during Hucang Festival at Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. 

Flora Day Celebrations Take Place In Helston...HELSTON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  A performer with the Hal-an-Tow pageant takes part in a performance as part of the Helston Flora Day celebrations on May 8, 2013 in Cornwall, England. The annual Flora Dance, also known as the Furry Dance, is one of the UK's oldest customs still practised today and is said to be a celebration of the passing of Winter and the arrival of Spring. A series of dances take place throughout the day, beginning at 7am, all over the Cornish town and even in and out of private houses and shops. However the highlight is the midday dance which was traditionally the dance of the gentry in the town and is why men still wear top hats and tails while the women dance in their finest dresses.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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A performer with the Hal-an-Tow pageant takes part in a performance as part of the Helston Flora Day celebrations in Cornwall, England, on Wednesday. The annual Flora Dance, also known as the Furry Dance, is one of the UK’s oldest customs that is still practised and is said to be a celebration of the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. A series of dances take place throughout the day, beginning at 7am, all over the Cornish town and even in and out of private houses and shops. However, the highlight is the midday dance that was traditionally the dance of the gentry in the town and is why men still wear top hats and tails, while the women dance in their finest dresses.