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China's Spectacular Harbin Snow And Ice Festival Never Fails To Impress!

By Meera Dolasia on January 14, 2017
China's Spectacular Harbin Snow And Ice Festival Never Fails To Impress!

Harbin, the largest city in the Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China, that boasts winter temperatures of -13°F (-25°C) may not appear to be the ideal vacation destination. But don’t tell that to the millions of visitors who brave the area’s frigid weather annually, to experience one of the world’s biggest and most unique snow and ice festivals.

World Welcomes 2017 With Elaborate Firework Displays

By Meera Dolasia on January 2, 2017
World Welcomes 2017 With Elaborate Firework Displays

At midnight on December 31, cities worldwide, bid farewell to 2016 and welcomed the new year with dazzling fireworks shows. In case you missed them, here are some of 2017’s most spectacular displays.

Video Of The Week — Pumpkin Carving Goes Hi-Tech When NASA Engineers Get Involved

By Meera Dolasia on October 31, 2016
Video Of The Week — Pumpkin Carving Goes Hi-Tech When NASA Engineers Get Involved

NASA scientists can build rockets, send men to the moon, and may soon even help establish a colony on Mars. But can they carve pumpkins? That was the challenge posed to the brilliant engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA six years ago, during Halloween. The friendly competition has since become an annual tradition with teams trying to outdo each other with increasingly hi-tech carvings.

Pooches Show Off Their Boo-tiful Costumes At The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

By Meera Dolasia on October 28, 2016
Pooches Show Off Their Boo-tiful Costumes At The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Halloween dog parades, where pooches get to strut around in cute and creative outfits, are a common occurrence. However, few compare to the one held at Tompkins Square Park in New York City. Now in its 26th year, the competition, which doubles up as a fundraiser, attracts over 300 dogs and is famous for its outrageous, over-the-top Halloween costumes, many of which are custom-made by professional designers. This year was no exception.

Diwali, The Joyful Indian Festival Of Lights Is Almost Here!

By Meera Dolasia on October 26, 2016
Diwali, The Joyful Indian Festival Of Lights Is Almost Here!

Today, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists worldwide, will begin the countdown to Diwali. Also called the Festival of Lights, the annual event is the most anticipated and eagerly awaited of all Indian celebrations. Though the holiday is always observed in late October or early November, the exact date which is determined by the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar, differs.

Get Into The Halloween Spirit With This Spooky Soundtrack From Jupiter's Auroras

By Meera Dolasia on October 23, 2016
Get Into The Halloween Spirit With This Spooky Soundtrack From Jupiter's Auroras

On August 27, NASA’s Juno mission completed the first orbital flyby of Jupiter. Traveling at a speed of 130,000 mph, the spacecraft passed about 2,600 miles above the gas giant’s swirling clouds. Though the space probe will be conducting 35 additional flybys before the mission ends on February 2018, this was its closest approach and hence, the most important for data collection. Juno did not disappoint.

Ray Villafane's Pumpkin Carvings Are Like None Other

By Meera Dolasia on October 14, 2016
Ray Villafane's Pumpkin Carvings Are Like None Other

Looking for some inspiration for your Halloween pumpkin? Then you might want to check out American sculptor and artist, Ray Villafane’s masterpieces. The two-time winner of the Food Network show, “Outrageous Pumpkins,” does not just “carve” pumpkins. He transforms them into 3-D sculptures — ghoulish ones of course!

Rejoice! July Is National Ice Cream Month

By Meera Dolasia on July 4, 2016
Rejoice! July Is National Ice Cream Month

Though “sliced bread” gets the credit, we all know that it is ice cream that deserves the honor of being the world’s best invention. That is probably why on July 9, 1984, former US President Ronald Reagan declared July, National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month, National Ice Cream Day. According to Proclamation number 5219, the event should be observed “with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” This, of course. means eating as much of the creamy treat as possible.

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