Israel hosts its own version of Nevada’s famous Burning Man festival

In the Negev Desert in southern Israel every June, a familiar scene takes place — thousands of revelers flock to the arid land for a five-day festival of music, art and self expression.

The event, called Midburn, is Israel’s take on the famous Burning Man festival held annually in Nevada. It’s the only event of its kind that is held in the Middle East.

Midburn is generally planned around the Hebrew holiday of Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks. This year’s festival began on May 28 and lasted until June 2.

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Fans and impersonators celebrate Elvis in 25th annual festival

Elvis Presley may be gone, but his music and spirit live on — especially at the Parkes Elvis Festival, an impressive gathering to honor the artist in Parkes, Australia each year.

The small town west of Sydney hosts the unique festival, which generally runs for five days in January to coincide with Presley’s birthday. Fans flock to honor the King of Rock and Roll with tribute performances, lookalike contests and rugby games.

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