Nov. 4 Photo Brief: Scottish students’ fun with foam, Miss Universe contestants outrageous outfits and Sikhs celebrate
Scottish students’ fun with foam, Miss Universe contestants outrageous outfits and Sikhs celebrate in today’s daily brief.
Nov. 1 Photo Brief: “Santa Banana” wins big in Hong Kong, China’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating and burning effigies in Pakistan
“Santa Banana” wins big in Hong Kong, China’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating and burning effigies in Pakistan in today’s daily brief.
Oct. 14 Photo Brief: Tiny toy soldier art, South Asians celebrate annual festivals and housing demand climbs in Myanmar
Tiny toy soldier art, South Asian celebrate annual festivals, housing demand climbs in Myanmar and more in today’s daily brief.
A week into autumn, the cider and pumpkin beer have already begun to flow at the first of the area’s harvest-time events. Before the taste of summer is completely washed away, here’s a salute to the warm weather festival season for making the year’s lazy days a little bit livelier.
Day four of the nine-day San Fermin festival took place in Pamplona, Spain. The running of the bulls were made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The running consists of an early morning half-mile dash from the corral to the bullring alongside six bulls destined to die in the afternoon’s bullfight. This is followed by processions of giant traditional figures, concerts, firebulls, fireworks, and large doses of eating, drinking, dancing and late nights.
Attracting nearly 20,000 visitors from all over the world, the annual Wave-Gotik Treffen, or Wave and Goth Festival, kicked off on May 17, 2013. For four days, Wave, Goth and steam punk enthusiasts fashionably united in Leipzig, Germany for concerts, readings, films, a Middle Ages market and workshops.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the annual eclectic music festival held in southern California’s sweltering heat, kicked off on April 12 for the first weekend of its two-weekend celebration. Per the Los Angeles Times, 160,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the festivals’ run.
On March 27, Hindus across India and the Indian diaspora will observe Holi, a festival that in part marks the beginning of spring. In celebration, Hindu devotees spend the day smearing colored powder on each other’s faces and throwing colored water at friends and family, leading to Holi’s status as India’s “Festival of Colors.”
Local Holi celebrations often begin earlier, including Lathmar Holi in the northern Indian town of Barsana. Unique to the Lathmar Holi tradition is a ceremony where women use long sticks to beat men who sing provocative songs to invite their attention.