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6 festivals that celebrate animals

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Aug. 10, 2016, 7:32 a.m.
farmers drive cows down from Alps in a parade

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Furred and feathered festivities

From monkeys and dogs to cows and eagles, a wide variety of creatures are honored around the world with festivities that celebrate their contributions to humanity. Some are lavished with treats, while others are revered with blessings and decorated with flowers and holy markings or just admired from afar. Almost all celebrations involve other types of festivities for the human guests including entertainment, bazaars, food and cultural festivities. Here's a look at some of the more interesting events and the animals they celebrate, including the cow parade pictured here, which we'll tell you more about shortly.