Category Archives: Festival

Europe’s Magical Holiday Markets

Greetings, readers! I’ve been away waaaaaaaay too long so I’m sleigh-riding back into the blog-o-sphere with a post full of holiday cheer! Put on your ugly Christmas sweater, heat up the eggnog and crank up the Sinatra holiday tunes! With this post we’re time traveling to Europe to have a look around the ever-amazing holiday markets! I was there just

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Sri Mariamman Firewalking Ceremony

It was evident that something unusual was afoot as I walked toward Chinatown and smoke drifted across South Bridge Road, muting the colorful shophouses in the distance. It was 5:30 p.m. when I arrived at Sri Mariamman temple for Theemithi, or the Firewalking Ceremony. Dull clouds and rumbling thunder added uncertainty to the atmosphere as I removed my shoes and

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

In 2005, we traveled to Nepal and trekked into the Khumbu Valley towards Everest Base Camp. We timed our journey to coincide with the Sherpa’s Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monastery. Mani Rimdu takes place each fall in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal and lasts for nine days. During these days the region’s monks create elaborate sand mandalas and take

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