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This fiesta could only be described as Jerry’s fantasy, not Jerry McGuire, but Jerry-the little mouse from Tom and Jerry. The wackiest festival for all cheese lovers by far, Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, is an annual event held at Cooper’s Hill, England, where people of all demographics come to race against a giant sphere of cheese. A mouth watering thought isn’t it? Well not really. This is a food fest where participants slip, somersault and tumble their way to the bottom of a cliff. During this bone-crunching marathon - and the first person to grab the cheese wins.
Traditionally, every year on the Spring Break day the residents living in and near the Brockworth village participate in the Cheese Rolling event. Off late people from all over the world have started showing up for participation. The tradition of cheese rolling is about two centuries old, and is considered to have its roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring. The festival derives its name from the location where it is celebrated-Cooper's Hill, a hill near Gloucester in the Cotswolds region of England.
The cheese used for this event is Double Gloucester, a hard cheese typically manufactured in cylindrical blocks. The current supplier is local cheese maker Diana Smart who has supplied the cheese since 1988. With the introduction of rationing during the Second World War, use of cheese was prohibited. Consequently, from 1941 to 1954 a wooden "cheese" was used instead with a piece of cheese in a hollow space in the centre of the wooden replica.
The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is often accompanied by a lot of mayhem and bruises. Thrill seekers who come to witness and partake in this adrenaline pumped event, chase a cheese off a cliff and tumble 200 yards to the bottom and in probability to be packed off to a hospital afterwards. The Cheese Rolling sport has found its way into popular culture as well, thanks to Television and Social Media. Cheese rolling is an online game on the virtual pet site Neopets and carries the same rules. In March, 2010, a video game which pays homage to the event titled "Cooper's Hill" was released for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Due to the extreme nature of the sport, Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake has occasionally faced the threat of a doubtful future. Traditionally the event was conducted in a quasi-official manner. The 2010 event took place without management. It is hoped that it will continue to be held, following the launch of a 'Save the Cheese Roll' campaign. Despite the cancellation and lack of paramedics, around 500 people voluntarily showed up in 2010 to hold some spontaneous races, with six times champion Chris Anderson winning again.
— compiled by Debjani Hazarika Northeast India is known as the land of festivals and culture. From the beginning, people of this part of the world have been indulging in merriment and diversion. Hence, the music, dance and other forms of art are the integral parts of everyday life. Apart from traditional festivals, since the commencement of television and social media, many young enthusiasts came up with the idea of organising different music events and festivals where local and acclaimed musicians can showcase their talents. Some of the festivals are funded by the state governments while the rest organised with the help of private sponsorship. Here is a list of some of the music and cultural fests we thought you would love to attend if you are into music and adventure. Hornbill Festival (Nagaland) Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo: Sudeepta Barua) WHAT? Hornbill Festival WHEN? December WHERE? Naga Heritage Village, Kohima, Nagaland The Hornbill Festival is a celebra
North-East India is very rich in music, dance, tradition and culture. All the eight states of North-East India have something to offer for rock music lovers. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is also known as 'Rock Capital of India'. Some of the festivals promoting rock music of the region like Hornbill Festival of Nagaland and Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh are quite famous among music lovers. The region gave birth to many well known and respected Rock bands since the 60's. We have compiled a list of 16 (sixteen) comparatively new bands we love listening to all the time. Of course, there are various other bands apart from these sixteen bands who have made their mark on the Rock music scenario of India. We will post about those bands in our next segment. The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) | photo: Facebook The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) - Formed in February 2010, The Vinyl Records is an All-girl Rock band. They have performed in well
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