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in cinema and the performing arts, a large-scale program of artistic works or performances. The first festivals were devoted to music and took place in Great Britain in the early 18th century. International festivals appeared in the 20th century. Of great importance in the struggle for peace are the World Festivals of Youth and Students.

Nanakusa Matsuri (Seven Herbs or Grasses Festival)

January 7
A Japanese ceremony dating back to the ninth century, also called Wakana-setsu or " Festival of Young Herbs," or Jin-jitsu " Man Day " because it occurs on the zodiacal day for "man." After an offering to the clan deity in the morning, participants partake of nanakusa gayu, a rice gruel seasoned with seven different herbs that is said to have been served for its medicinal value to the young prince of the Emperor Saga (ruled 810-824). The herbs are shepherd's-purse, chickweed, parsley, cottonweed, radish, as well as herbs known as hotoke-no-za and aona in Japanese.
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FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 83
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While disclosing the activities lined up for this year's edition, the Chairman Ibadan week 2018 cultural Festival Planning committee, Asiwaju Nurudeen Akinade, noted that the week-long festival will run between Friday, March 2 to Saturday March 10, 2018, starting with a Jumat service at the Ibadan central mosque, Oja'ba and all other mosques in Ibadanland and diaspora wherever Ibadan indigenes are worshiping.
The official said that renowned folk Punjabi singers including Laila Jutti, Abass Jutt and Imran Ghulam Ali Khan would perform in the musical show to entertain the participants of cultural festival.
The two-week long festival that began in is the biggest cultural festival of the Gulf that celebrates the culture and heritage of Saudi.
Yet, she remained one of the top contenders for the 'fancy dress competition' at the third edition of the 'Santhwanam Youth Cultural Festival - 2017' at Gulf Model School on Friday and Saturday.
The cultural festival kicked off on Friday with the opening of food and trade fair at the parking grounds of the Vigan Convention Center.
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The distinctive cultural festival was attended by a large number of diplomats, prominent figures who thoroughly enjoyed and highly applauded the display of Pakistani traditional exhibits.
The local chamber of commerce, in a statement said this is the first-ever Chinese cultural festival in Cyprus.
South Korea cultural festival which began in Tehran's Milad Tower on Friday evening ended on Saturday night.
International cultural festivals have become an important feature of the cultural landscape of South Asia and our ambition is to add a new and different voice that, over the course of the next few years, will become a prominent feature in this geography, along with Jaipur (India), Karachi and Lahore (Pakistan), she opines.
Asilah Cultural Festival was organised, for the first time, in 1978 showing a selection of performances, exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
But a Korean Cultural Festival in May offers to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.

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