Photos and text by Barbara Haddock Taylor
The Baltimore Sun
Ultra Orthodox Jews donned costumes and drank wine on March 13, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel to celebrate the Purim holiday, commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther.
A new Amazon series, “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” relives the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, famed flapper and wife of F. Scott. Should it get a second season, the show will likely make a trip to Baltimore, where Fitzgerald underwent psychiatric treatment and also wrote a novel.
South African artist Esther Mahlangu, 81, recently opened her exhibition in Johannesburg at the Melrose Gallery, where her series of artwork inspired by Nelson Mandela was unveiled on March 1. The artist has produced six paintings reproduced from drawings created by Mandela in her signature Ndebele style. The exhibition will include previous work by Mahlangu.
Indian Hindu devotees celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colors, during a traditional gathering at Nandgaon village in Uttar Pradesh state on March 7, 2017. Holi is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month, and will be celebrated on March 13 this year.
“I’m trying to find the beauty that I lost when I lost my son,” said Doug Ebbert of Harford County.