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6 Ways the World Celebrates Spring

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Cheese-rolling, Gloucestershire, England

No one is exactly sure how or why it became a tradition to chase a wheel of cheese down Cooper’s Hill each May. Some speculate this celebration has its roots in Pagan traditions of rolling objects down the hill as part of a fertility rite. What we do know is that cheese has been rolled down the hill since the 15th century, and that groups of men, women and children compete to catch it (or at least be the first to cross the finish line).

Cooper’s Hill is steep and uneven, so this tradition does have its share of injuries, including sprained angles, broken bones and even concussions. Check out the video above to see last year’s race in action.

 

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5:57AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you Julie, for Sharing this!

2:09AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Thanks for sharing interesting article

2:06AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Interesting! thanks!

4:31PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thank you for the springtime trip around the world! Fun!

12:57PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Tylko kiedy ta wiosna przyjdzie, jest już kwiecień, a u mnie pół metra śniegu i nadal przewidywane opady.

9:07AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Interesting. The only one I found appealing was Nowruz. Thank you for sharing.

9:07AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

I would love to attend the festival of colors. It looks amazing.

8:51AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Interesting.

2:01PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

thanks, don't usually read 6 page posts, but I did this one....and I don't even get 20 butterfly credits.

11:44AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Thank you.

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