8. Edinburgh Royal Highland Show – June 23-26
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Celebrate all the best Scotland has to offer in food, farming, and rural life through the festival’s many zany games, workshops, concerts, and animal displays. From falconry demonstrations to ceilidh dancing to cooking classes.
Try your luck at fly fishing, falcon taming, coracle building, and wood turning. Get trained in the art of wildlife photography or bagpipe making. Take cooking classes from some of Scotland’s most celebrated chefs. Kids will gravitate toward the mecca of all petting zoos, with some 1,500 sheep, 1,000 cattle, nearly 3,000 horses, 100 or so goats, and more than 500 kinds of birds. Your tots can also milk a cow and learn how to make their own ice cream.
9. Hawaiian Obon – June to July
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Obon – a Japanese Buddhist tradition dating back 500 years — is a time to remember and honor spirits of family members and loved ones who have passed away. It can also help family members who are still living find peace for themselves and celebrate life. Surprisingly, Obon Festivals are quite energetic and active.
Men, women, elders, and very small children alike can participate in the Bon Odori (a kind of folk dance). Dancers in multiple lines go round and round a center stage in unison, using traditional hand and foot dance movements to accompany Japanese folk music. Even if you don’t know the dances, tourists and other attendees are encouraged to join in.