For most of us, New Year’s Day is about sleeping off hangovers and making resolutions to be broken by 5 pm. But for a select few people around the world, it’s about going for a swim.
A week-long celebration honors Saint Thomas, the patron saint of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, and culminates on Dec. 21. The Feast of Saint Thomas draws international tourists with its colorful pageantry, but at its heart is a religious celebration melding Catholic and indigenous traditions.
Christmas markets are opening across Germany this week in a tradition that dates back centuries, Getty reports. For the next four weeks the Christmas markets, which are usually located on the main square of the hosting town or village, will provide holiday cheer with mulled wine, sausages, Christmas ornaments and other delights.
Photos and text by Kim Hairston
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Every four years for a total of eight days, politicians, state delegates, political pundits, celebrities, photographers and protesters come together at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in separate US cities. This year, the RNC was held in Cleveland and the DNC in Philadelphia. Most of the action was inside the convention halls with police and protesters keeping things cool on the streets outside.
Hot air balloons take to the skies at a preview flight to launch next week’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 5, 2016 in Bristol, England. The four day event event, which will officially open next week on Thursday, is now in its 38th year and is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event.
The National Cryptologic Museum, which opened in 1993, is the National Security Agency’s “principal gateway to the public.”