The Hindu festival of Holi, or the “Festival of Colors,” heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter.
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Veterinarians at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand operated on 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” to remove 915 coins, weighing 11 pounds, from her stomach. Bank swallowed the coins after misguided human passers-by tossed them into her pool for good luck in eastern Thailand.
Skijoring, which has its origins as a competitive sport in Scandinavia, has been adapted over the years to include a team made up of a rider and skier who must navigate jumps, slalom gates, and the spearing of rings for points. Leadville, Colorado, with an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m), the highest incorporated city in North America, has been hosting skijoring competitions since 1949.
Although Kenya lies on the equator and has dramatic nighttime skies in rural areas, children find it hard to name planets and other bodies as astronomy is rarely taught in schools — but that is changing as The Traveling Telescope visits some of the country’s most remote areas with telescopes and virtual reality goggles.
Saudi Arabia is hosting its first ever Comic-Con event in the coastal city of Jeddah. The three-day festival of anime, pop art, video gaming and film-related events is part of a government initiative to bring more entertainment to Saudi Arabia, which bans alcohol, public cinemas and theater.