Friday Photo #44 from Papua New Guinea

mudman

Here is a Mud Man, costumed for the annual Goroka Show, held in September in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. If you go, you’ll see a couple of days of dance presentations from maybe a hundred tribes from all over Papua New Guinea and as you can see from our Mud Man friend’s headgear, the whole thing is elaborate, exotic and while our man is all white other than his betel juice stains, the rest of the festival is wildly colorful. Wild might be the best word for Papua New Guinea overall.

As festivals go, this one has to be near the top of the list anywhere in the world for reasonably hardy travelers. It’s not the easiest to get to, but with a little determination it’s not that difficult. In our case it required a flight up from Brisbane to Port Moresby, then two more short flights to Mt. Hagen and then Goroka.

We did it independently but group tours are possible, although probably the biggest tour operator is already sold out for September 2016 here in November 2015.

See more photos from the Goroka Show in the Papua New Guinea Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

On the same visit to Papua New Guinea we arranged a (sort of) cruise on the also wild Sepik River on which we were the only passengers who turned up. I wrote about it in the book Common Sense and Whiskey. You can read that chapter and see photos of life along the river here, and you can get the book locally from Amazon in your country.

More: See the rest of the Friday Photos, and check out photos of 844 more pretty exotic people from all over the world.

A good weekend to you!

“Evidently, denture adhesive is improving”

Oktoberfest ended yesterday in Munich with the loss of

"a Viking helmet, two crutches, an electric wheelchair, a rucksack containing two foldable camping chairs, a case full of musical notes, 1,300 items of clothing, 520 wallets, over 1,000 identity cards, 390 mobile phones, 370 pairs of eyeglasses, 90 cameras, 80 items of jewellery and watches and 425 keys…"

and only one set of dentures, down from previous years.

"The year I started," a worker in lost and found said, "I remember we had five or six sets of false teeth in, and a pensioner walked in and tried them all on. Unfortunately, his weren't among them."

Read all about it here in Der Spiegel.

Biergarten

The Englischer Biergarten, Munich.

Happy New Year, Here and There

Happy New Year to communities in Iran, Iraq, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Nowruz (spelled differently in different places, since it's a transliteration from Farsi) is the traditional Persian spring festival, beginning with the vernal equinox, which marks the start of the northern hemisphere’s spring. This year, that happens as the sun crosses the equator at 7:44 a.m. edt on 20 March.

RFERL says “The word Norouz derives from the Persian "Nov-Ruz" and literally means New Day.” It also notes that by government fiat, Kazakhstan “will celebrate the Central Asian new year, Norouz, for three days instead of one as before.”

In Iran, historical Persia, “Noruz has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian religion.” “Noruz itself is by definition the very first calendar day of the year." East of Persia, “The people of India use around 30 calendars. As a result, they have almost as many New Year’s Days” – but many fall around the time of Nouruz.

According to Suite101, “For many, New Year’s Day falls on the first day of the lunar month of Chaitra. In the National Indian Calendar, Chaitra begins on 22 March (21 March in a leap year), but in the many more popular religious calendars the first day varies."

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