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A Day To Buy Gold – Akshaya Tritiya

A Day To Buy Gold – Akshaya Tritiya

Anitha Aravind May 22, 2014

Akshaya Tritiya is a day when all that glitters is gold; it is believed in India that any venture started on this day will bring wealth. For the economy as well as for personal practice, this has

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Last Stop: Mahabalipuram’s Ancient Shore Temple

Last Stop: Mahabalipuram’s Ancient Shore Temple

Anitha Aravind May 22, 2014

While Chennai in South India is chaotic, crowded and as busy as a city can get, an hour’s drive from here will take you to the peaceful shore temples of Mahabalipuram, the last stop

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Dangerous Diving On Land – The Naghol Festival In Vanuatu

Dangerous Diving On Land – The Naghol Festival In Vanuatu

Anitha Aravind April 30, 2014

I have always thought diving is a thrilling water sport, but the Naghol Festival that celebrates land diving proved me wrong. Land diving is a centuries old sport followed in the island nation of

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Three Cheers For The Cherry Blossom Festival

Three Cheers For The Cherry Blossom Festival

Anitha Aravind April 30, 2014

Every country has its own cherished national flower, but it’s rare to find a nation that shares the passion that Japan has for its precious cherry blossoms. The Sakura tree, when it blooms, is

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Semana Santa, A Catholic Tradition

Semana Santa, A Catholic Tradition

Maria Clark April 2, 2014

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of the most important holidays for Catholics. Holy  Week, starts on Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. Catholics celebrate it to observe the last days of Jesus’ life, the

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Mardi Gras Indian Tribe Celebrations: Saint Joseph Night, New Orleans

Mardi Gras Indian Tribe Celebrations: Saint Joseph Night, New Orleans

thefisher March 24, 2014

Mardi Gras Indian Tribes Take Over the Streets of New Orleans The night of March 19 (Saint Joseph Night) Mardi Gras Indian tribes come out in droves. In the Central City neighborhood and in

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World Food – The Curry Story from India to the West

World Food – The Curry Story from India to the West

Anitha Aravind March 24, 2014

Want to give bland food an interesting twist to make it taste appealing? Just add a dash of curry powder to your recipe and you will get an exciting new dish with a completely

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Goa Carnival: A Legacy of the Portugese Presence in India

Goa Carnival: A Legacy of the Portugese Presence in India

Anitha Aravind March 24, 2014

Goa Carnival, A Portugese Legacy A part of India, yet apart from the rest of the country with its own culture, identity and image, the coastal state of Goa is charming, hedonistic and picturesque;

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Holi Festival in India – Discover the True Colors of Spring

Holi Festival in India – Discover the True Colors of Spring

Anitha Aravind March 24, 2014

Spring shares a close relationship with colors. You know spring has arrived in India when roadside trees burst into bright hues of the flame-of-the-forest. You know spring is here when the grey colors of

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Bioluminescent Puerto Mosquito Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

Bioluminescent Puerto Mosquito Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

Stephanie Spavento March 24, 2014

On the Southern shore of Vieques Island in Puerto Rico lies Puerto Mosquito, an unassuming, calm, little bay that is beautiful, but fairly unremarkable by daylight. At night, however, millions of microorganisms called dinoflagellates turn

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