South Asia’s Vibrant New Year Celebrations Are In Full Swing

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The Dai minority celebrate the New Year in Xishuangbanna, China. Source: Financial Times

For most Americans, the New Year took place a little over four months ago, and was marked by champagne, midnight countdowns and the dropping of a very important ball. Yet in most South Asian countries, people celebrate the New Year in mid-April when spring is in full bloom. Celebrations vary greatly from community to community, but share the same optimistic and jovial vibes as other New Year’s traditions around the world.

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4 Ways The World Hasn’t Changed In Centuries

History Unchanged Gallery

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Living in the future is pretty good in a lot of ways. We have cellphones, unlimited Internet pornography, and painless dentistry. But there are some ways in which the world hasn’t changed in centuries, and while plenty of progress has been made in some areas, a surprising number of places are still doing things the way they were done when Abraham Lincoln was writing on the back of a shovel. Areas such as . . .

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What We Love This Week, Volume XCVIII

Rocket Festival Light

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Inside The Vrontados Rocket War

Rocket Festival Field

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What’s religion without a little ritualistic conflict? Taking place in Vrontados, Greece over the past 125 years, two Greek Orthodox Churches have engaged in what is known as Rouketopolemos, or a “rocket war”. The rival churches celebrate by firing thousands of homemade rockets toward one another while holding church services across town. The goal, apparently, is to strike the bell of the opposing church. And remember, this is supposed to be “fun”. Check out more photos at The Atlantic.

Rocket Festival Motorcycle

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Artist Superimposes Norway’s Past Into The Present

When we speak of the past we often use the phrase, “That’s history”, as if to say that when one event is over it no longer exists. But is that necessarily true? Hebe Robinson’s work in Norway seems to suggest otherwise. Exploring northern Norway with only old photos as her guide, Robinson uncovers the fluid relationships between the modern and historical, asking us to question how useful it is to think in such terms. Robinson’s work has culminated in a series aptly known as “Echoes”. You can see more at My Modern Met.

Is Google Earth Art The New Travel Photography?

As internet technology becomes more sophisticated, the definition of the word “travel” is becoming less and less concrete. Google Earth and instant photo sharing apps allow people to “explore” other parts of the world with greater ease and speed than ever. So what does this mean for travel art and photography? For Argentine artist Federico Winer, it means uncovering new territory. Using Google Earth as his inspiration, Winer explores, distorts and presents our world as we haven’t yet really seen it–but would like to see more of. Check out a handful of Winer’s work with us.

A Postman’s Dedication: The Pebble Castle of Ferdinand Cheval

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Building a castle is a monumental undertaking any way you look at it. But constructing an entire castle pebble by pebble, stone by stone, using only materials found while making your mail route? That’s absolutely inconceivable. Yet that is exactly what Ferdinand Cheval did, and more than 100 years later his pebble castle still stands, drawing tourists from around the world to Hauterives, France.

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