No68 Italy: Palio Parade
Siena’s medieval-themed processions lay bare the city’s sturdy, tangled roots. Just don’t call them reenactments.
No19 TURKEY: OIL WRESTLING
A tournament that has attracted slippery strongmen since the 14th century.
No21 INDIA: MASKED DANCE
The freakiest-looking festival in the Himalayas comes courtesy of Buddhist monks.
No14 United States: “Little Denmark”
A California town that preserves (and performs) its Danish roots with gusto.
No81 India: Nose Plugs
In the eastern highlands, grandmothers wear tribal affiliation on their faces.
No1 Ethiopia: Skin-Piercing
In Ethiopia's Omo Valley, resident tribes break the skin in ways that cannot be undone.
No88 Lesotho: Horsemen
In a tiny highland nation in southern Africa, herders dignify simple lives with striking costume.
No89 United States: Jazz Parades
In New Orleans, historic “Second Line” processions bring the music to the streets.
No102 Spain: Palm Honey
High-climbing 'guaraperos' tap an iconic tree for sap in La Gomera, Canary Islands.
No92 Hungary: Busos
In a town on the Danube, mobs of shaggy monster-men herald the coming of spring.
No107 Denmark: Shepherds
In the Faroe Islands, locals go to great lengths—and heights—to preserve a tradition of “extreme ranching”
No99 China: Wrestlers
For more than 7,000 years, aspiring “Invincible Titans” have grappled on the Central Asian steppe.
No100 Russia: Sled Drivers
With help from trained reindeer, Siberia’s nomadic Nenets speed across the tundra.
No97 Turkey: Circumcision
In Istanbul, boys undergo an ancient surgical procedure—and get the royal treatment.