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Video Of The Week — Venice Carnival Kicks Off With Mesmerizing Water Parade

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017
Video Of The Week — Venice Carnival Kicks Off With Mesmerizing Water Parade

On February 11, thousands of people, many dressed in costumes and masks, gathered at the Rio de Cannaregio in Venice to watch the spectacular water show that marked the opening of the Carnevale di Venezia, or Carnival of Venice. The brainchild of the creative minds at Corona Events artist company, it featured colorful floating structures and acrobatic performers, many of whom were dressed as sea creatures.

How Valentine's Day Became A Commercial Juggernaut

By Meera Dolasia on February 9, 2017
How Valentine's Day Became A Commercial Juggernaut

Every February 14, people worldwide demonstrate their affection for family members, friends, teachers, and significant others with a gift or two. However, this display of love does not come cheap. The National Retail Federation say that 55% of Americans will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, spending an average of $136.57 USD each. Though lower than the $146.84 USD expended in 2016, it will add a respectable $18 billion USD to the economy! It is no wonder that retailers love the holiday.

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.

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