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Pakistan celebrating a day early.We guess you could say Pakistan is “ready” for Hillary.And now for something completely different…

April 30th is a special day throughout much of the world. Called Čarodějnice in the Czech Republic, and Walpurgisnacht in Germany, we’re talking about that special time of year where witches are taken out into the street and burned.

Of course, it’s important to point out that unlike every other Friday night in Ghana, these witches burned are only effigies.Burning witches used to be thought of as an outdated custom, but Africa is trying desperately to bring it back.

Seen as more of a way to welcome Spring (and those short-shorts European men seem to love wearing so much), a witch effigy is made of twigs and straw which are meant to represent winter.

Then the night of the 30th, the witch is taken usually to the main town square and is burnt on a massive bonfire, while children run around with marshmallows and Babiš hotdogs, and the adults celebrate the start of Spring with a drink or two or ten.

Whereas it’s only considered a folksy festival in Europe, it’s a monthly occurrence in Africa. Pictured here is a 20 year old mother being burned alive for witchcraft in Ghana.Isn’t it remarkable how in one region of the world, the Day of Burning Witches is a great excuse to connect with your community and family and yet in another part of the world, the evening ends with an actual person burned to death?

Just sayin’. 

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  • Guest (Jana)

    It looks like it will be a wet one this year. :(

    from Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
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    No one tell Baltimore about this.:D

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