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Monday Volcano Roundup

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Monday Volcano Roundup

This week we’ve been trying to finalise the other activities that will take place on eruption day. We’re hoping to bring together volcanoes, fun and games, literature and even glitter (yes, glitter), so that the whole day is filled with exciting things to do, leading up to the firework finale. We can’t tell you any more details just yet; you’ll have to wait until the full 50th anniversary festival programme gets released for that!

This week, Mount Bromo in Indonesia was host to the Yadnya Kasada Festival. Each year, locals make a pilgrimage to the crater of the volcano to make offerings to the mountain gods. The festival began in the 15th century when the princess and her husband, who ruled the principality, were unable to have children. They asked for help from the mountain gods, and in exchange for  children, they gave up their 25th child as a sacrifice. The tradition of sacrifice still continues today, but now only flowers, fruits, vegetables and livestock are thrown into the volcano! Some great galleries of the festival can be seen here and here.

Mount Bromo panorama
Sunrise over Mount Bromo, East Java. By Robert Machacek.
 And to finish off, here we have a fireworks display which was seen in a festival at Sakurajima, Japan. The city is already home to a volcano, but the firework display provided yet another. See, we’re not the only ones obsessed with fireworks and volcanoes…

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