Hajj: Sacred Gathering

Hajj: Sacred Gathering

Millions of Muslim pilgrims gather this week in Mecca, in a gathering which transcends the barriers of caste, color, race and gender.

Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

At least once in their lives, all Muslims who are physically and financially able are enjoined to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Celebration for a Nation of Immigrants

Celebration for a Nation of Immigrants

A festival imported to America from Ghana is a way of remembering the past, while contributing to the future.

Selling With a Song

Selling With a Song

Throughout the Southeastern states, August is the season for tobacco auctions.

Tobacco Auction – Thumbs Up

Tobacco Auction – Thumbs Up

A veteran auctioneer explains the intricacies of his craft.

Sound and Silence

Sound and Silence

The Ga people of Ghana remember the pain of famine and the celebration of harvest.

Texas Hill Country Rodeo

Texas Hill Country Rodeo

There are lots of flashier rodeos, but this one’s the real deal.

Rodeo Bullriders

Rodeo Bullriders

An eight-second ride can seem like forever.

The Erie County Fair

The Erie County Fair

Celebrating rural American at of of our largest county fairs.

From the Saddle at Saratoga

From the Saddle at Saratoga

August is a busy month for thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs, New York. Meet the folks who really know their way around the track — the jockeys.

Like Going to Camelot

Like Going to Camelot

New York’s Erie County Fair evokes a sense of idyllic happiness.

Sealing our Fate, Just Like Birds

Sealing our Fate, Just Like Birds

An elaborate Indonesian death ritual takes its cues from the mating habits of the Hornbill bird.

Sounds of July Fourth

Sounds of July Fourth

Fireworks, marching bands, and words from some famous Americans.

Sirius rising

Sirius rising

For ancient Egyptians, the appearance of the constellation Sirius in the dawn sky marked the beginning of an important annual event.

Siberian Throat Singing

Siberian Throat Singing

Some remarkable music is a highlight at the annual Tun Payram festival.

The Black Saint

The Black Saint

Black Venezuelans have introduced an African icon into a festival honoring St. John.

Trance Dancing and Promesas

Trance Dancing and Promesas

An icon is said to hold the power to grant promises.

Dia De San Juan

Dia De San Juan

A Venezuelan festival honoring a Catholic saint has taken on a decidedly African flavor.

Butter Mythology

Butter Mythology

The food millions of people spread on their toast every morning has inspired legends in many cultures.

Making Your Own Butter

Making Your Own Butter

Learn how to churn your own butter at home.

Butter Making

Butter Making

When it comes to making butter, older methods may be better.

Awakening the Earth with Dance

Awakening the Earth with Dance

An old English folk form that is thriving on both sides of the Atlantic.

A German – Native American Musical Hybrid

A German – Native American Musical Hybrid

The Waila music of the Tohono O’odham Native Americans in southern Arizona sounds surprisingly like polkas, and there’s a good reason why.

Waila – A Party With Deep Roots

Waila – A Party With Deep Roots

When the Tohono O’odham Native Americans dance to Waila, their traditional social music, the party lasts all night.

Waila – the Desert People Celebrate

Waila – the Desert People Celebrate

The Tohono O’odham Native Americans of southern Arizona believe that everything in the desert – humans, animals and plants – must be treated with reverence.

Firewalking

Firewalking

On St. Constantine’s Day, worshippers walk across hot coals. How do they do it?

The Power of Celebration

The Power of Celebration

For African slaves in the Hudson Valley, the colonial Pinkster celebration offered a rare opportunity for reuniting with family and friends.

The Slave King

The Slave King

During the week-long Pinskter celebration in colonial times, Angolan King Charles assumed his royal status.

Hambone

Hambone

Banned from playing drums, African slaves found other ways of performing traditional rhythms.

Pinkster

Pinkster

What was once a Dutch celebration of Pentecost passed into the hands of African slaves.