The Horse Race

 

GEOR_1086-EditSummer in Georgia seems to be filled with festivals and horse races – good reasons to bring the numerous Tusheti villages together for feasting, drinking, and fun.

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Khitanaoba, Tusheti, Georgia
All photographs by delikızınyeri

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Hoppin’ Hidrellez

I am breaking my self-imposed rule of 3 photos per blog for this fun Hidrellez event which is a celebration of the ending of winter and the beginning of summer.  (You can google it for a more involved explanation.)

First, the musicians who provide the beat….

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…for those who wish to dance….

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…and for those who just enjoy the festivities.

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Istanbul, Turkey
All photographs by delikızınyeri

Hidrellez

HDZ_491-EditHidrellez (May 5)  is a celebration of the coming of spring practiced throughout the Turkic world.   Jumping over a bonfire and planting wishes under a rose bush or floating them in the river are just two of the many rituals associated with the holiday. These shots are from the all night Romany (gypsy) celebration in Edirne, Turkey.

HDZ_749-EditHDZ_1049-EditAll photographs by delikızınyeri