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In pictures: Ethiopians celebrate the festival of Timket

Image copyright BBC/Amensisa Negera Ethiopian Orthodox Christians have been celebrating the festival of Timket, or Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Image copyright AFP In Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, thousands of worshippers marched through the streets on Friday, the eve of the festival, to the Jan Meda sports grounds. Image copyright AFP Each church took its tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant that according to tradition contains the 10 Commandments, on the procession. Image copyright BBC/Amensisa Negera Musicians playing traditional trumpets, or…

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Fyre Festival: Fund for unpaid caterer hits £60k

Image copyright Netflix More than $77,000 (£60,000) has been raised for a restaurant owner in the Bahamas who wasn’t paid for catering the doomed Fyre Festival. Maryann Rolle, who runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille, says she used $50,000 (£38,000) of her own money to pay other staff who helped at the event. A crowdfunding page she set up on Monday has had around 2,300 donations. “My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest,” she wrote on the page. Skip Twitter post by @kthomas901…

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From pariah to demi-god: transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, chief of the “Kinnar Akhara” congregation for transgender people speaks to her followers during “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 16, 2019. Picture taken January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has become…

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Fyre Festival: Inside the world’s biggest festival flop

Image copyright Netflix Fyre Festival was the most talked about festival experience of 2017, but not because anyone had any fun there. Advertised by famous faces including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin, it was billed as a glamorous party on a deserted island. Tickets cost up to $100,000 (£75,000) and guests who booked were promised luxury accommodation and “the best in food, art, music and adventure” in the Bahamas. Instead they turned up to mattresses on rain-soaked floors, meals of cheese slices on bread and their luggage thrown…

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Millions expected to throng Indian city for world’s largest religious festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year. A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man looks on during a religious procession ahead of the “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh,…

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China kicks off month-long winter festival in northern city of Harbin

HARBIN, China (Reuters) – Swimming enthusiast Yu Hongtao, 50, trained for months in the freezing water of the Songhua river to compete in a winter ice swimming tournament held annually in China’s northern city of Harbin, known for its bitterly cold weather. “You have to start swimming from autumn so that the body can conquer the sudden icy impact on one’s cardio-vascular system,” said Yu, a Harbin resident. “The feeling of diving into the water is very cool.” More than 300 men and women, wearing just ordinary trunks and swimsuits,…

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China’s Harbin ice festival in pictures

One of the world’s largest ice festivals has opened in north-eastern China, featuring frozen castles, glistening snow sculptures and lots of snowmen. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival officially opened on Saturday. Image copyright EPA Image caption It opened with a fireworks display and a light show. Image copyright EPA Image caption The festival draws millions of visitors from around the world every year. Image copyright EPA Image caption Some 120,000 cubic metres of ice and 111,000 cubic metres of snow have been…

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Stormzy to headline Glastonbury Festival 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stormzy was a hit on the Other stage Glastonbury 2017 Stormzy will be Glastonbury’s first grime headliner, with a Pyramid Stage slot confirmed for 2019. The news first broke via a poster in an Oxfam shop in Streatham – close to the star’s childhood home – and one in Glastonbury. Stormzy confirmed the news via a post on Instagram. He headlined this summer’s Wireless Festival and has played Glastonbury festival twice before in the Sonic Tent in 2016 and the Other Stage in 2017.…

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Remembrance Day: Military personnel remove hats at Festival of Remembrance

Members of the armed forces taking part in the Festival of Remembrance concert at the Royal Albert Hall have removed their hats while cheering the Queen. She was joined by several senior royals including the duke and duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The gesture was carried out minutes after the Last Post was played on the eve of Armistice Day. Poppies fell from the ceiling of the iconic venue covering the military personnel stood in the middle of the hall. Source link

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Armistice Day: Queen to attend Festival of Remembrance

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeavy rain poured as Prince Harry laid a wreath at Twickenham Stadium The Queen and senior royals will attend an event at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, on the eve of Armistice Day. The annual Festival of Remembrance in London, which commemorates the war dead, will include performances from Sir Tom Jones and Sheridan Smith. It comes ahead of Remembrance Sunday on 11 November, which this year marks 100 years since the end of World War One. Meanwhile, the Duke of…

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