Deni Ute Muster

For one weekend each year 20,000 people pile into the desert near the tiny NSW town of Deniliquin for a weekend celebrating Utes, country music, rural culture and rum for the Deni Ute Muster. A wild weekend where rural Australians let loose for 72 hours in the dust, truly the most Australian thing I've ever experienced.

Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster
Ute Enthusiasts Gather For 21st Annual Deni Ute Muster

Lenten Rites

On Good Friday, thousands of Filipino Christians engage in violent acts of penitence in a tradition which dates back to the 1950's. Near the city of San Fernando, north of Manila, hundreds of men have their backs cut open and then parade through the streets whipping themselves in with wooden flails until their backs are completely blood soaked. The day takes on a bizarre festival atmosphere as children run around following the penitents and vendors sell sweets, souvenirs and pets to visitors who flock to see the annual spectacle.