Christmas the Indian Way

Posted by Grigory Egorov • Friday, December 21. 2012 • Category: People and Places

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Christmas in Delhi: 10 Things to Do During the Festive Season

Posted by Grigory Egorov • Wednesday, December 5. 2012 • Category: People and Places

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101 Things to Do While in Delhi

Posted by Daniel Ratheiser • Monday, September 26. 2011 • Category: In Depth

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China's Mid-Autumn Festival - Millions of Poets Under the Moon Light

Posted by Mariya Otake • Thursday, September 8. 2011 • Category: People and Places

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The Dutch Monarchy and the Day the Netherlands Turn Orange

Posted by Anne Rhebergen • Tuesday, March 8. 2011 • Category: People and Places
Interaction with people from different cultures is next to the obvious change in landscapes the most striking thing while going abroad. You talk about cultural issues that are different like eating habits or local traditions. So of course it was also one of the things I talked about a lot while being abroad and it was at this time that I discovered how odd foreign people find Queen’s Day, which is maybe the biggest Dutch-specific public holiday. People find this odd because how are people partying everywhere and dressed up like crazy in orange be related to the Queen of the Netherlands?

By Tosca Weiler

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Kumbh Mela - The Most Wonderful Sight in India?

Posted by Daniel Ratheiser • Wednesday, March 24. 2010 • Category: People and Places
“What is the most wonderful sight in India – the strangest thing to be seen in all this land, where so much is strange? For my part, I am inclined to doubt whether anything can be witnessed more impressive and picturesque, more pregnant, too, with meaning and significance, than the Kumbh Mela, or great Pilgrim Fair, which is held, once every twelve years, where the waters of the Ganges and Jumna meet, below the wall of Allahabad. Until you have look upon one of these tremendous gatherings of humanity many aspects of Indian life and character must be hidden from you.”
Sydney Low during the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to India (1906)

© Enrico Fabian (www.enrico-fabian.com) for "Die Zeit"

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The Jaipur Tamasha - Traditional Folk Art in a Modern Context

Posted by Stefan Heil • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: People and Places
Some 250 years ago, during the rule of Aurangzeb in India, it wasn't the best of times for music and the arts. Aurangzeb, adhering to a very orthodox brand of Islam (in contrast to previous Mogul emperors like Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan), is remembered for his uncompromising religious views, such as the discouraging of singing or music for Hindus and Muslims alike. When musicians lost their imperial patronage, they started looking for more supportive environments.

Photo by: Ben Weiss (http://benjaminrweiss.wordpress.com). All rights reserved.

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Playing "Fasenacht" – Carnival in Germany

Posted by Christian Emmerich • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: People and Places
“Fasenacht” is one of the many local German expressions for carnival which, depending on the region, have developed more or less from climatic, historical and religious origins. You can find this period of celebrations in almost every Christian culture. However, there exist comparable festivals in other cultures as well, such as Holi, Dol Yatra or Kamadhana in India. Generally speaking, they are all about celebrating the end of winter and trying to disperse the bad spirits, for example, with colourful costumes or masks. But today these celebrations aren’t reduced to the locals alone. Many have turned into multicultural events in which everyone can participate.

The Celtic-Alemannic Carnival in South-West Germany

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