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Category: Legends and rituals

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 8, 2014. Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and later immersed in a river or the sea, symbolising a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode, taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ORG XMIT: MUM01

Ganesh Chaturthi, India

One of the many colourful festivals of India, Ganesh Chaturthi is an ode to the God of wisdom, prosperity and luck- Lord Ganesh. Elephant God, as I like to call him, is...

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Something called Old Year in Venezuela

While having dinner with some friends, a particular image came up to my mind, without any reason. It's about a Venezuelan custom called Año Viejo (Old Year), which...


The Lash of St. Francis (4th October)

"A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows" ― St. Francis of Assisi For the past two weeks I’ve been looking for some information about the...


Sunrise On the Steppe: A Mongolian Funeral

Om mani padme hum I remember the day I met Choijamts. It was my first August in Omnodelger. It was a hot summer day. Cloudless blue sky. I remember it was sunny. Really...


Flashback to Songkran 2013: Water Insanity

The three-day holiday is celebrated with a huge water festival in which foreigners and locals gather to splash each other with water through water gun fights, water...

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