Firecrackers bursting, beautifully decorative light lamps and colourful gifts and sweets; Diwali is one of Hinduism’s most important festivals, as Hindus around the world pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
Also marked by Sikhs and Jains, the celebrations for the Festival of Lights in India and Pakistan are stunning to look at.
This is a ceremony at Krishna temple, in Lahore, Pakistan, as a woman from the Hindu community holds an earthen oil lamp.
Some festivals around the world can get pretty crazy but that doesn’t mean dropping F-bombs and other words of profanity won’t get you into trouble. Does knowing this kill your happy?
Fret no more! Awesome Japan celebrates the annual Akutai Matsuri on Mt. Atago’s peak in Ibaraki. Also known as “The Cursing Festival”, it’s celebrated during the third Sunday of December, where anyone is free to cuss—in any language. We’re pretty sure anyone who’d like to release their pent up anger would find this festival cathartic!
It is said that Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals have had a decent grasp on controlling fire for hundreds of thousands of years, whilst some scientists go so far as to say we humans, or rather our ape like ancestor Homo Erectus, had mastered the flame up to a million years ago. Fire is in our DNA.
Walk into the National Library of China (NLC) in Beijing and you’re likely to find every seat occupied. With almost 34 million items, the NLC is the largest library in Asia and one of the largest in the world.
In Indonesia, a man recently celebrated what he claimed to be his 146th birthday. If the record is legitimate, he could break the world record as the oldest person to have ever lived. The record is currently held by Jeanne Calmet, who was 122 when she died.