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Groundhog Day --
Every Feb. 2, we rely on a groundhog to predict the weather. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, we accept 6 more weeks of cold weather. And if Phil doesn’t, we can hope for an early spring.
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La Tomatina --
Revellers pelt each other during the world's biggest tomato fight at the Tomatina Festival on the last Wednesday in August, in Bunol, Spain.
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Ivana Kupala --
Summer solstice is celebrated during the Ivana Kupala festival near Orsha, Belarus. Originally a pagan tradition, the festival includes bathing in a lake or river, plus jumping over burning campfires -- a practice believed to purify oneself of sin.
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Maslenitsa --
Russian men take part in push fights during Maslenitsa (Pancake Week), also known as a winter farewell holiday in Russia. Maslenitsa, a traditional Russian holiday that marks the end of winter, dates back to pagan times.
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Holi Festival --
Hindu devotees play with colored powders during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, India. Holi, the spring festival of colors, is celebrated by Hindus worldwide with an explosion of color to mark the end of winter.
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International Poncho Day--
Designed to promote the work of local artisans who weave traditional wool ponchos, this celebration includes parades with ponchos galore -- even on dogs, sheep and parrots.
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"Up Helly Aa" --
The traditional festival of fire known as "Up Helly Aa" takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January in Shetland, UK. Participants in full costume haul a Viking longboat through the streets as paraders throw flaming torches into the galley.
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Naked Festival --
Hadaka Matsuri is a festival for ritual purification held in different forms across Japan, where almost fully-naked men compete for lucky sacred sticks.
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Land Dive --
In Vanuatu, virile young men take the plunge in an annual religious ceremony known as the land dive to celebrate the end of the yam harvest.
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International Talk Like a Pirate Day --
Mark your calendars. Every Sept. 19 you can say "ahoy matey" and "arrr!" without getting strange looks.
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Childhood Cabin

Childhood Cabin

“Back through the years … I go wonderin’ once again … back to the seasons of my youth.” Dolly grew up “dirt poor,” one of 12 children. But her childhood in a one-bedroom Tennessee cabin was rich with music. Both of Dolly’s parents belonged to a Pentecostal church, and Dolly often performed spiritual songs as a kid. Relive that world in this cabin replica at Dollywood. 960 1280

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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

The day after she graduated high school, Dolly headed to Nashville, America’s country music capital. At the Ryman Auditorium (the Grand Ole Opry’s home at the time), Dolly got this advice from Johnny Cash: “Go where your heart takes you.” Dolly poured her heart into songs like “Love and Learn.” 960 1280

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Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

By her early 20s, Dolly had already made two studio albums and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry’s roster of singing legends. More than 40 years later, Dolly remains an active member and performs here several times a year. 960 1280

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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

This much fun couldn’t be legal! In 1982, Dolly headed to Austin, Texas, for movie-making magic. As "Miss Mona," Dolly won the heart of local sheriff Ed Earl (played by Burt Reynolds) in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." 960 1280

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Speaking to her crossover appeal, Dolly got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. By then, Dolly had already starred in the mega-hit "9 to 5" as secretary-hero Doralee Rhodes, who tells her boss, "I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot!” Dolly also sang the movie’s title song, which was No. 1 on the Billboard charts for two weeks. 960 1280

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Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

In 1989, Dolly starred in another smash-hit film, "Steel Magnolias," which was filmed here, in Natchitoches, Louisiana. As beauty salon owner Truvy Jones, Dolly offers tell-it-like-it-is, one-liners: “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.” 960 1280

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Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dolly’s pride in her east Tennessee roots has enriched her local community. In 1986, Dolly opened Dollywood, which now employs 3,000 people -- including many senior citizens. Among its attractions are Splash Country waterpark (pictured here), which opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in 2001. 960 1280

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Dolly’s Tour Bus

Dolly’s Tour Bus

When this tour bus was built for Dolly in 1994, it cost an impressive $750,000. Step inside, at Dollywood, and be amazed: two bathrooms, a full bath and shower, plus three other beds -- now that’s traveling in style. 960 1280

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Eagle Mountain Sanctuary

Eagle Mountain Sanctuary

The beauty of her native Tennessee has inspired many of Dolly’s songs, so it’s only fitting that Dolly is a big conservationist. Since 1994, Dollywood has been home to a 30,000-square-foot aviary, which houses America’s largest presentation of non-releasable bald eagles. 960 1280

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Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede

Mega-music star, hit-movie actor…and powerhouse business leader. Dolly has invested much of her earnings into business ventures -- with direct benefit to local communities. Here’s Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner theater in Branson, Missouri, which employs nearly 300 local people. 960 1280

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Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame

The “Queen of Country Music” officially got her crown in 1999, with her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. That night, with her brother and sister cheering her on, an emotional Dolly thanked many people, including “Mr. Grand Ole Opry,” Porter Wagoner. 960 1280

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Songwriters Hall of Fame

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Dolly wrote her first song at the age of 5. Through the years, her songs have been covered by many other big names, from Whitney Houston (“I Will Always Love You”) to Bob Dylan (“Jolene”). Some 3,000 self-penned songs later, Dolly was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. 960 1280

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Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center

“Dolly has a way of making everyone feel like they’re the only one in the room.” In 2006, country singer Reba McEntire introduced her friend Dolly Parton, who was being honored at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her prolific songwriting…and a “voice that can bring you joy and hope when it isn’t breaking your heart.” 960 1280

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Broadway

Broadway

These days, Dolly is Broadway-bound. The singer’s rise from backcountry girl to country music superstar is now being developed into a Broadway musical. And Dolly’s writing it. This won’t be her first foray into the big lights of Broadway. In 2009, "9 to 5: The Musical" debuted. 960 1280

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Pirates Voyage

Pirates Voyage

Dolly loves Myrtle Beach, S.C., too. After operating as Dixie Stampede for years, Dolly’s dinner theater attraction here was renamed Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure in June 2011. Locals showed their love of Dolly’s continued support by declaring June 3, 2011, Dolly Parton Day. 960 1280

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Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

“Oh, these Northern nights are dreary, and my Southern heart is weary…the Smoky Mountains memories keep me strong,” Dolly once sang. Beyond song, Dolly showed her support for the mountains she loves when she joined Tennessee leaders in rededicating the Smoky Mountains National Park, on its 75th anniversary, in 2009. 960 1280

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Dolly Statue

Dolly Statue

So, in a career that’s garnered her 10 Country Music Association awards, two Academy Award nominations, 45 Grammy Award nominations  and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award…what is the one honor that Dolly cherishes the most? This statue outside the Sevierville, Tennessee, courthouse. Because, she said, it came from the people who knew her best. 960 1280

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Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were schoolmates in Dartford, England, where Mick recently opened the Mick Jagger Centre. 960 1280

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During a 1967 TV appearance, Ed Sullivan forced the Stones to changes lyrics to "Let's Spend the Night Together." 960 1280

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In 1967 Brian Jones' girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, left him for Keith Richards during a trip the 3 made to Morocco. 960 1280

  

After Jones' mysterious death in 1969 (an accident? a murder?), the Stones held a memorial concert in London's Hyde Park. 960 1280

  

The Stones' decision to hire Hell's Angels as "security" for the 1969 Altamont Speedway show led to a tragic murder. 960 1280

In 1971, the Stones moved to the French Riviera to record their landmark album, "Exile on Main Street." 960 1280

  

The Stones' decadent launch party for 1973's "Goats Head Soup" was held at Oxford's Blenheim Palace. 960 1280

  

Despite Keith Richards' 1977 drug arrest there, the Stones continued to use Toronto as the main site for tour rehearsals. 960 1280

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The Rolling Stones were inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. 960 1280

  

The Stones played at halftime of the 2006 Super Bowl, where censors edited lyrics to "Start Me Up" and "Rough Justice." 960 1280

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