At the weeklong Cheung Chau Bun Festival on an outlying island of Hong Kong, a competition to grab faux steamed buns from a 60-foot tower isn’t even the grandest spectacle. The stars of the traditional Chinese celebration are the children of the Floating Colors parade. Dressed as deities or cultural figures, the youngsters are hoisted over the crowd, the rigging supporting them hidden by their elaborate costumes, giving the appearance they are gliding.
The full-time Central School of Ballet in London offers a three-year course for 16- to 19-year-olds from Britain and around the world, with students going on to have careers in classical ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre. In the final year, students join the school’s graduate touring company, Ballet Central, and work towards obtaining the BA (Hons) degree in Professional Dance and Performance.
Brown bears play in a shelter for bears rescued from circuses and private restaurants of Ukraine, near Zhytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev, on March 24, 2017.
Tortured for years by human hands these mighty animals got a chance to start it all over again in a shelter near the city of Zhytomyr, in the northwest of the country. Opened in 2012 by international animal charity Four Paws, the rescue centre soon became one of the biggest sights of the region.
Organizations and activists used World Water Day, designated by the United Nations as March 22 in 1993, to draw attention to and to work to reduce global and local water challenges. The UN’s children’s agency, UNICEF, released research saying that population growth and climate change will help lead to water scarcity for one in four children by 2040.
March 25 will see the final day of racing at the Wimbledon dog track in south London, which will close to be demolished to make way for a new stadium for AFC Wimbledon. The closing of the track will mark the end of the once hugely popular working-class sport of greyhound racing in London.
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.
If the third Saturday in May in Baltimore can be too hot for you, another horse racing spectacle, held over the weekend at a mountain resort in Switzerland, courts the opposite extreme, holding its meeting on a frozen lake.