The Rose of the North hosts 39th Annual Flower Festival

The details and colors of the displays and floats are created entirely from flowers, grasses, and seeds. This year’s parade contained 28 floats. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)
February 9, 2015

Chiang Mai, the Northern Thailand town known as the, “Rose of the North,” hosted its 39th Annual Flower Festival this past weekend, Feb. 6-8. The weekend provided an around-the-clock feast for the senses for tens of thousands of local and international visitors. Weekend highlights included the opening ceremonies, the Miss Flower Blooming Beauty Contest, a parade, concerts, performances, demonstrations, floral exhibitions, garden displays, award ceremonies, and a walking street lined with local food…


Gadhimai Festival: Thousands of Animal Sacrifices Raise Concerns about Cultural Practices

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December 2, 2014
Hundreds of designated butchers work into the evening after a full day of buffalo sacrifices at the Gadhimai Festival on Friday, November 28, 2014. BARIYARPUR, NEPAL (NOV. 28, 2014) A crowd of 2.5 million assembled in the remote, bordertown of Bariyarpur, Nepal leading up to the sacrificial days of Gadhimai Festival on November 28. Known as the largest ritualistic sacrifice of animals in the world, Gadhimai has attracted a fair share of media attention, protest,...

A Nation Pauses to Celebrate with their Families and Honor the Mother Goddess

Shiva Phuyal celebrates the Dashain festival with his extended family in Dulakhel, Nepal. Photo by Victoria Nechodomu
October 10, 2014
Kites soar above the houses of the sprawling city of Kathmandu and its surrounding hillside villages.  Children form lines at the base of towering traditional bamboo swings. Local buses, bearing the weight of hundreds of passengers, baskets of produce, and live goats, run back and forth to local communities, brining families together. City market spaces and squares display hundreds of goats for sale, and butchers busily chop apart blocks of...

Loughrea residents celebrate their heritage with a Medieval Festival

Loughrea Medieval Festival: Craftspeople and demonstrators such as this blacksmith drew the community in as they recall ancient traditions.
September 1, 2014

  A pig roasts on a spit as a trio of musicians wearing medieval dresses recruit enthusiastic dancers to join in on their song and dance. Two young ladies on stilts saunter through the crowd, showering the excited children with bubbles. A blacksmith slaves away on his bellows, building a fire to demonstrate his craft. A crew of men wearing pieces of armor and weaponry teach an assembled crowd about…