by World Hum | 11.08.10 | 1:36 PM ET
Hindus pray in the Yamuna River in Allahabad, India, during the Bhai Dooj festival, which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters
by Larry Habegger | 10.13.10 | 12:48 PM ET
Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news
by Eva Holland | 10.11.10 | 10:50 AM ET
Spiegel crunches some remarkable numbers from the 200th edition of the Munich festival: This year’s partiers consumed a record 7 million liters of beer, stole 130,000 of the famous glass mugs and consumed 117 roasted oxen. Impressive stuff. But the list of lost items is probably my favorite:
One hearing aid was also found, as were a leather whip, a live rabbit, a tuba, a ship in a bottle, 1,450 items of clothing, 770 identity cards, 420 wallets, 366 keys, 330 bags and 320 pairs of glasses, 90 cameras and 90 items of jewellery and watches.
(Via The Daily Dish)
by Rick Steves | 07.27.10 | 2:09 PM ET
On watching the mad, red-and-white scramble at Spain's legendary Festival of San Fermín
by Jim Benning | 07.26.10 | 1:44 PM ET
Horrible news from the Love Parade in Druisburg, Germany, on Saturday: 19 people were killed and hundreds were injured in a stampede near a tunnel. Organizers say it will be the last Love Parade.
by World Hum | 03.26.10 | 11:40 AM ET
Boys in Holloko, outside Budapest, throw water as part of the "Watering of the Girls," a local Easter tradition
by World Hum | 03.24.10 | 12:27 PM ET
Hot air balloons float past the pyramids of Teotihuacan outside Mexico City as part of a Spring equinox festival.
by World Hum | 02.01.10 | 12:56 PM ET
A brightly-dressed reveller joins in a carnival parade in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, this weekend.
by World Hum | 01.25.10 | 1:20 PM ET
Students in costume perform in a parade for Manila's Caracol, a local version of Mardi Gras
by Michael Yessis | 10.02.09 | 11:34 AM ET
That’s the central lost and found for Munich’s Oktoberfest, and, as you might imagine, the drunken masses lose some interesting possessions. Over the years, the Fundbüro has taken temporary custody of, among other things, “a prosthetic leg, a wheelchair, a Superman costume, handwritten notes by the composer Johann Sebastian Bach and 15,000 marks in a soiled pair of lederhosen,” writes Nicholas Kulish in the New York Times.
For more Oktoberfest craziness, check out Life’s then and now slideshow.
by Eva Holland | 09.29.09 | 4:42 PM ET
(Via The Daily Dish)
by World Hum | 09.24.09 | 5:04 PM ET
A waitress serves mugs of beer to the thirsty crowds on Saturday as Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich.
by World Hum | 08.27.09 | 11:30 AM ET
One happy man flashes a smile yesterday at the annual La Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Spain.
by Eva Holland | 08.05.09 | 5:02 PM ET
In his latest over at Slate, Christopher Hitchens visits a Japanese cultural festival in Palo Alto and makes a nice point about reconciliation in the wake of Pearl Harbor, civilian internment camps and the atomic bomb. What I liked best, though, was his observation about the resilience of cultural events in the face of rising tourist interest. Hitch writes:
There’s a large turnout of non-Japanese for these attractions, getting larger every year it seems to me, but it doesn’t succeed in swamping the main event or in making it into a mere tourist attraction. You come across a group of grave and serious Japanese gardeners, engaged in the judging of a bonsai competition, and you suddenly appreciate that nothing can turn this consideration into a hucksterish sideshow.
(Thanks Frank Bures.)
by Eva Holland | 07.23.09 | 4:47 PM ET
From “swamp soccer” to religious festivals and the annual Redneck Games, The Big Picture blog showcases mud-covered people around the world.
by Pico Iyer | 07.20.09 | 10:46 AM ET
Why Japan has the best mind Pico Iyer has encountered in a lifetime of traveling
by Ben Keene | 07.14.09 | 9:37 AM ET
Headed overseas this summer? Ben Keene surveys music festivals from Budapest to Stockholm.
by Alicia Imbody | 07.07.09 | 11:29 AM ET
Hemingway chose Pamplona as the backdrop for his first great novel, "The Sun Also Rises." In honor of the fiesta, we've put together 12 photos that capture the spirit of San Fermin, accompanied by some classic lines from the novel it inspired.
by Rob Verger | 06.16.09 | 3:12 PM ET
What’s the fuel bill to fly a 757-200 across the country, from New York to Los Angeles?
That, at least, was the cost of the fuel burned on a recent transcontinental Delta flight I was on, according to the flight’s captain. Out of 7,500 gallons of fuel on board, we burned about 6,760 gallons.
Clearly, the price of fuel is hugely important for airlines. And rising prices aren’t helping.
by Pam Mandel | 06.12.09 | 4:01 PM ET
I’m not sure why I’m surprised when, on the mainland in the middle of rural territory, I find a town named “Aloha,” or when a festival in Seattle brings thousands of Hawaiians out to listen to traditional music and see hula. The Hawaiian diaspora is extensive—hey, it reaches all the way to the White House these days.
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