Tuesday, 1 July 2008

holiday destination?

I spotted this in Saturday's Guardian:

"2Festival of near death experiences, Spain
At the Santa Marta de Ribarteme festival in Las Nieves, Galicia, people who've had near death experiences - surviving illnesses or accidents - are paraded through the streets in open coffins. Their relatives carry the coffin to church (god forbid any of them has a heart-attack on the way), then locals gather round to hear the story of their near misses, before fireworks to lighten the mood.
July 29, free, gospain.org "

4 comments:

Karl L Le Marcs said...

Woodsprite: Thanks for this, Di.

Some more info on this festival here:

The Fiesta Of The Near Death Experience

Sounds like the festival should be ITLAD sponsored.

And it kind of reminds me of this:

El Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) Celebrations - Mexico
[by Tony]


I love all these cultural festivals across the world. It seems everyone has these fabulous ideas to celebrate these things, under the disguise of just having a day off work, whereas in the UK we just wait for dreary Bank Holidays and the inevitable drizzle that accompanies it.

World ITLAD Day!!! Now, there is an idea!!!
*goes off to ponder*

roshni said...

safety coffins!
http://www.deathonline.net/what_is/safety.cfm

Anthony Peake said...

KARL: I totally agree. Yet again we have a potential itladian list - itladian festivals of the world. What next - my top ten itladian food dishes (now there is a challenge that I am sure will bring about some stunning puns)

Karl L Le Marcs said...

Tony: I must be over-tired as I thought you had written 'my top ten Italian foods'
*rubs eyes*

Italian IDLATian!
(try saying that outload ten times quickly - no, go on, try it!)

Ok, here's one for ya!
*dons Quantum sparkly comedy jacket*

What is a Nuclear Physicist's Favourite Food?
.....Fission Chips!!

*groans*