It is the end of summer holidays, not only for children but also for cows who have been vacationing in lush green alpine pastures in the mountains of Italy’s northern Trentino region.
As the temperature begins to drop, farmers bring their livestock back down from the mountains in order to return them to their stables on the farm where they will spend the winter.
Known as the ‘Desmalgada’ or return from the alpine pasture, the tradition has been turned into a local day of festivities.
In the town of Cogolo in the Peio area of Trentino, some 1,170 metres (3838 feet) up in the Alps, cows are dressed in their best cow bells and collars and brought down for a fashion parade through the center of town.
“We are putting on their bells for the parade, we are getting their party clothes on,” said farmer Stefano Benchimol holding onto a cow as a floral head-dress was being attached to it.
“These animals in June went up the mountain in order to eat the sweeter grass and herbs, now they have to return to their homes,” explained Tourism Official Viviana Marini.
“This is a big party because the cows are returned to their owners, who accompany them on their dissent and then show them off in a parade through the town to show how strong and beautiful these animals have become during their time in the alpine pastures,” she said.
It is difficult to miss the animal parade as a cacophony of bell ringing fills the town. The only disgruntled participants appeared to be the herds of goats bringing up the rear of the parade, with only tiny bells and not a head-dress in sight. (REUTERS)
Malaysia carried out cloud seeding on Monday (September 16) to tame haze and control air pollution in its administrative capital Putrajaya.
Parts of Malaysia, including Putrajaya, have been reeling under an impact of heavy haze with air quality dropping to a “very unhealthy” 203 benchmark, on the Air Pollutant Index the country uses to calculate, as forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia continue to affect the air.
Malaysia carried out cloud seeding in the hope of inducing rain and also closed hundreds of schools and sent half a million face masks to Sarawak, on Borneo island, this week, as fires in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces continued to burn.
Indonesia’s neighbours have regularly complained about smog caused by its forest blazes – often started by farmers trying to clear land for palm oil and pulp plantations – though Jakarta has denied the accusation, saying forest fires had also started in other countries across the region. (Reuters)
Students in the Malaysian state of Sarawak returned to school on Wednesday (September 11) donning face masks due to thick haze coming from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia.
On Tuesday (September 10) more than 400 schools in Sarawak were ordered to close after the smoke from the Indonesian side of the island drove up pollution to unhealthy levels.
Forest fires have raged through parts of the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the province of Kalimantan on Borneo in recent weeks, forcing the government to send in thousands of military and police to douse the flames.
Indonesia’s neighbours have regularly complained about smog caused by its forest blazes – often started by farmers trying to clear land for palm oil and pulp plantations – though Jakarta has denied the accusation, saying forest fires had also started in other countries across the region. (REUTERS)
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