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    What’s a typical day at the Folklife Festival like? Well, over in the Armenia program, there was a wedding celebration! The ceremony was the culmination of baking wedding gata (cake)in the Hatsatoun and practicing wedding and celebration dances—with handfuls of khorovats (barbecued meats)—at the Aygi Stage and Hyurasenyak. Then we ended the night with a Pyrenees-style fiery torch process across the National Mall!

    We anticipate afternoon storms tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Please check the online schedule before your visit, as it’s likely that several daytime events will be cancelled or rescheduled. In the event of lightning, the Festival grounds will temporarily close, and visitors will be encouraged to take shelter in the museums or the Smithsonian Metro station.

    The storm should clear just in time for the Friday evening concert on the Ralph Rinzler Stage, featuring the fortieth anniversary performance of Green Fields of America, an Irish American music and dance ensemble led by NEA National Heritage Fellow Mick Moloney.

    Elisa Hough is the editor for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Rachel Barton is the media intern for the 2018 Folklife Festival. Together they are Team Festival Blog.

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