From the annual lighting of the Washington Monument to Hampden’s Miracle on 34th Street, Baltimore is set aglow during the holidays.
The Arbaeen ritual marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
The Studentenwerk Berlin, a student organization at the city’s technical university (Technische Universitaet Berlin), sends out between 400 and 500 students and alumni dressed as Santas every year to visit company parties in December and families on Christmas Eve. The students, who must complete the workshop, participate as a way to make a little money to help fund their studies.
Baltimore street photographer and Bel Air native David Kraus has is fascinated by Baltimore architecture and history, particularly the tradition of the arabber street merchants. He says it’s important to document these people, among other things, that offer a connection to Baltimore’s past.