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light, Traditions, Friends

Flying lanterns and floating candles

by Nidhi Dagur

Chiang mai — Yi Peng and Loy Krathong festivals are two separate festivals celebrated in Thailand that usually overlap and whose names are often used interchangeably. My understanding is that although they both celebrate the same notion of getting rid of the bad while welcoming the good, they are in fact distinct festivals. In Yi Peng, paper lanterns are lit up in the sky. In Loy Krathong, offerings decorate...

tokyo, Traditions, Vision

Going home today I bumped into this procession of monks walking in the rain amongst the high buildings and under the elevated highways.

by Luis Mendo

Tokyo — They walked slowly but firmly, holding bells which made enchanting noises. I couldn’t help but imaging nobody else was actually seeing them, only me, as they had escaped another time, space or dimensi...

Holidays, Prose, Traditions

Once a year. Sometimes twice.

by Kristen Taylor

New york — This story is for Cassie. Unlike all those uptight holidays that insist you celebrate them on a given calendar day, Epiphany spans a few weeks and sometimes months at the beginning of the year. It’s ...


Tradtional Mate Drinking Ritual

by Eilert Vataker

Berlin — The best mate starts with the best mates and then comes the fire. So we started a traditional mate ritual on the streets of Berlin. After loading off 800kg of fresh Mate we gathered around the fire fo...

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