This festival in the middle of Somerset, England is one of the largest music festivals in the world and has seen such acts as Metallica, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Muse, and David Bowie grace its Pyramid Stage. The festival began back in 1970 on September 19th, the day immediately following the death of Jimi Hendrix. Tickets cost a mere £1 and included free milk from the farm! The show featured a headlining performance by The Kinks.
Nowadays you can see such diverse talent as U2, Jay-Z, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, and Skrillex. The tickets have skyrocketed to £220 + a £5 booking fee. Portable vaporizers are a great choice for Glastonbury because the security really doesn’t bother people. They’re one of the most chill security details at any festival I’ve ever been to. You can choose to drive in every day and use day pass, or you can camp on-site. I’ve done both and while I had a great time at a local bed and breakfast in 2009, getting to actually camp at the festival in 2010 was truly an adventure. The Irish folk we met near our campsite were some of the friendliest metal head-hippies I’ve ever met. In fact I didn’t even know metal heads could be hippies til I experienced Glastonbury.
Running of the Bulls
Pamplona, Spain plays host to this notorious event each year in honor of the fourth full moon of the summer. The tradition of running alongside the bulls began in the early 14th Century as a way for farmers to speed a herd of cattle from the farm to the market for sale.
Running of Bulls, Goring of Basques
Over the years, the practice turned into a competition, with young men racing in front of the bulls and trying to make it to their pens without being overtaken. These events are now held to commemorate the fiesta of Saint Jermin, which is an eight-day festival honoring Saint Jermin, a Spanish priest who was beheaded on 25 September in the year 303 AD.
If you’re going to run we’d recommend leaving your handheld vaporizer with someone on the sidelines or in a balcony. There’s a lot of jostling going on between runners, so you really wouldn’t have much opportunity to take a satisfying hit; not to mention the 2-ton beasts barreling toward you with Adrian Peterson-style ferocity. Yes, I’m going to qualify this one and say that the Palm Vaporizer is best kept in the spectator sections.
This is the start of the Hindu New Year, also known as “the festival of lights” thanks to all the fireworks, candelabrum, and luminarium that adorn the streets of cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Goa. The festival is meant to symbolize the victory of light over the darkness, hope over despair, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
Fireworks on Diwali over Golden Temple of Amritsar (courtesy of OxfordSikhs.com)
One of the traditions of Diwali is to fumigate, renovate, and decorate the home before Diwali night, which coincides with the new moon evening of the Hindu month Kartik. This typically occurs between mid-October and mid-November. On this evening Hindus dress up in their newest clothes and light up diyas inside and outside of the home, and say prayers (puja) to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After prayers, the fireworks start, followed by a family feast featuring mithai, and a family gift exchange, similar to Christmas in Western cultures. As such, Diwali represents a lucrative shopping period for merchants in nations where Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism is widely practiced such as India, Trinidad and Tobago, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Fiji.
I have had the distinct pleasure of attending all three of these events and I really could not pick a favorite! Every step of the way I had the Palm 2.0 and believe me each experience was exhilarating and enchanting in their own way.