The appearance of multiple simultaneous Santa Clauses is a sure sign that mankind’s most widely recognized and commercialized religious holiday is near. It’s also a sign that the holiday is celebrated by many more people than just faithful Christians, for better or worse. From the traditional Christmas markets in Germany to elfin divers feeding dolphins in Japan to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where it all began, Christmas is observed worldwide for commercial, irreverent, and religious reasons. View Photo Gallery
Hindus worldwide recently celebrated Diwali, a five-day “festival of lights” that marks the new year and honors the principle of good over evil. One Diwali ritual is honoring Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The occasion is also celebrated with fireworks, the sharing of sweets and gifts, and by decorating homes with lights and candles. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.
Have you ever made a panorama? Cool! But, have you ever made a panorama consisting of 1920 photos??? No! Check out this little behind the scenes video for such a panorama in one of the most iconic places on earth – Machu Picchu in Peru.
As you will see, you’re not going to take this one hand-held, and there is a bit of paper work to be done before you go there.
This is Zoe, her very rare striking gold stripes and blue eyes are due to a condition called “amelanosis”. It is because of this condition that the poor ol’ girl would not survive in the wild as she would not blend in.